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# junior cycle

Last month
October 2023
School books for junior cycle students to be provided for free starting next September
The expansion of the scheme follows the one originally announced in the Government’s last budget, which cover primary students.
This year
No date for junior cycle exam results, says Foley
The SEC said last year that a lack of examiners caused a delay in the release of results.
Leaving Cert 2023: Students begin exams with 'well-pitched and broadly appealing' paper
This year’s higher-level English paper one featured readings about technology, imagery and immigration.
Over 130,000 students begin state examinations today - most sitting their first one ever
The majority of students in both exam years will be sitting their first state exam this morning as Junior Cycle exams were cancelled during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Last year
Ten students suspected of cheating in Junior Cert exams have results permanently withheld
The decision to withhold a result or marks is open to appeal.
All time
School closures prompt changes to 2021 Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams
The changes were announced this evening by the Department of Education.
All first-year students will have to study history as part of the Junior Cycle from September
History is now a core subject on the Junior Cycle.
Review of junior cycle History recommends it should remain as an optional subject
The minister announced last year that he requested a review into the subject’s status.
Poll: Should History be compulsory for Junior Cycle students?
The subject became optional for students last September.
The past isn't the past, it's not even over: We can't discard Junior Cert History
Author John Connell agrees with President Higgins that making the study of History optional at junior cycle is to lose a part of our national identity.
Changes to the Junior Cycle include a 'wellbeing programme' for students
A new emphasis on spoken Irish will also be introduced.
Jan O'Sullivan is 'absolutely determined' to continue Junior Cert reform despite union opposition
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the classroom…
Today's top stories in 7 seconds
Don’t have time to mull over the news? Here’s everything you need to know.
Teacher unions to consider new proposals on junior cycle reform
Will it mean peace in our time?
Opinion: Can we really trust that Junior Cycle reform isn't linked to the austerity agenda?
We live in a time of austerity – and education is being targeted along with other elements of society.
Poll: Should teachers mark their own students for State exams?
Talks on the Junior Cycle dispute are getting underway today.
Poll: Should teachers be banned from going on strike?
Second level teachers are set to stage another day of strike action later this month.
Secondary school teachers are going on strike for a second day
Teachers will hold their second strike on Thursday 22 January.
The forgotten voice: a student’s opinion of the Junior Cycle
In the bickering between unions and government, one voice is often lacking: that of the student.
Opinion: 'I want to support my students, I don't want to judge them'
Times are changing, as is teaching, but we can’t lose sight of what’s important; instilling a love of learning in our students.
Opinion: Changes to the Junior Cycle will produce a creative, proactive generation
Real education is not present when rote-learning is encouraged and facilitated.
Secondary teachers are going on strike in December
Two days of action are going ahead. The first is on 2 December.
Opinion: Teachers should grasp this unique opportunity to engage with young learners
The current Junior Cycle reform impasse presents teacher unions with an opportunity to show creative leadership.
Today's top stories in 6 seconds
Don’t have time to mull over the news? Here’s everything you need to know.
"Last resort": Teachers could strike over Junior Cert reforms
The Department of Education said that talks are ongoing between the Minister and teachers.
Opinion: What’s the point in learning about history?
Every History teacher in the country can attest to hearing the Dreaded Question at least once a year: “What’s the point in learning about this?”
Hundreds of teachers won't be trained for the new English curriculum by September
It has prompted renewed calls from the opposition for changes to the Junior Cycle to be delayed.
Education Minister faces sustained heckling and booing as he speaks to secondary teachers
The minister had earlier today faced the ire of primary teachers.
Majority of teachers say schools won't be able to cope with new Junior Cycle
Schools don’t have the capacity to deal with the changes due to be brought in this September, teachers said in a new survey.
Column: Student politics is key to civic participation in later life
With the right support, we can raise a new generation of politically aware citizens eager to reinvigorate the electorate, writes Clive Byrne.
Here’s What Happened Today: Friday
Everyone’s talking about Alan Shatter, tragic workplace accidents and angry Ryanair customers.
Teachers to hold "symbolic" lunchtime protests over new Junior Cycle
A teacher will remain in the school to supervise students during the protests.
Quinn prepared to have Dept officials meet with concerned teachers
Teachers have expressed their concern about the implementation of the new Junior Cycle Student Award, which will replace the Junior Cert.
Key questions on new Junior Cycle Student Award 'unanswered'
The Minister for Education thinks that implementing the plan is going well, the teachers don’t.
First it was ‘The Inter’, then it was the Junior Cert… now it’s got a new name…
Irish people will soon have a new method of figuring out each other’s ages, Education Minister Ruairí Quinn confirmed this morning…
"Initiative overload": ASTI bring Junior Cycle concerns to TDs and Senators
Teachers say they have major concerns about how the plans will be implemented. Initial talks with the Department took place on Monday.
Poll: Do you support an overhaul of the Junior Cycle?
Ruairí Quinn is to outline a “major overhaul” of the Junior Cycle today, which is expected to include the abolishing of the State exam.