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New Junior Cycle Info

The new Junior Cycle places the student at the centre of the learning process and allows for new ways of learning and a broader range of skills to be assessed.

Underpinning the new Junior Cycle are a set of principles, key skills and statements of learning. These will ensure that each child receives a rich educational experience that has both breadth and depth. Your daughter will have access to a varied curriculum of knowledge, skills and values.

Eight principles underpin the framework for Junior Cycle. These inform the planning, development and implementation of  Junior Cycle programmes in all schools.

For detailed information on the new Junior Cycle Key skills click here:

Junior Cycle Key Skills

Assessment in Junior Cycle

Junior Cycle students will receive a Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) instead of a Junior Certificate.

This JCPA will reflect a much wider range of your daughter’s achievements over the three years of Junior Cycle in Rockford Manor.

The JCPA will report on a number of areas, including:

  1. Subjects
  2. Classroom Based Assessments
  3. Short Courses
  4. Other Learning Experiences

Students study a maximum of 10 subjects at Junior Cycle.

Students will still sit state examinations in subjects at the end of their Junior Cycle.

These will be graded as follows:

    • Distinction                  90% to 100 %
    • Higher Merit               75% to 89 %
    • Merit                            55% to 74 %
    • Achieved                     40% to 54 %
    • Partially Achieved     20% to 39 %
    • Not Graded                 0 to 19 %

Classroom Based Assessments: 

Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their learning and skills in a variety of ways.

CBAs will be undertaken in subjects and will be facilitated by the classroom teacher during a defined time period.

They will be held in normal class time and within a national timetable. Students will complete one CBA in second year and one in third year.

Once the second CBA is completed, students in third year will complete a written Assessment Task. This task, set by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), is undertaken during normal class time and will be sent to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) for marking.

The Assessment Task will be worth 10% of the final Junior Cycle overall mark in the case of most subjects.

At the end of third year, students will sit the final SEC examination in June.

CBAs will be reported on in the JCPA using the following descriptors:

  • Exceptional
  • Above Expectations
  • In Line with Expectations
  • Yet to Meet Expectations

Further information can be found here:

Junior Cycle Parents Information Leaflet

Framework for Junior Cycle

Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement – Privacy Notice