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Transitioning to Post-Primary and Supporting your Child through the Junior Cycle

A Parent’s Guide to the Junior Cycle was written through a collaboration between Kinsale Community School and The Examcraft Group. It was written to advise parents on how to support their child’s transition into post-primary school and throughout their Junior Cycle.

Are you the parent of an incoming first year or Junior Cycle student?

If so,

  • Are you concerned about your child starting first year in September?
  • Would you like to know how to support your child through the Junior Cycle?
  • Are you aware of the new requirements for the Junior Cycle?

If you answered Yes to any of these questions, A Parent’s Guide to the Junior Cycle is for you.  

The world of education has changed significantly over the past number of years, particularly with the establishment of the new Junior Cycle. Coming with the new Junior Cycle is a new language which parents need to be familiar with if they are to understand the educational journey of their child in post-primary school.

This book was written to explain to parents in a jargon-free way the structure and language of the Junior Cycle.  The book originated from the experience of the principal of Kinsale Community School, who developed an earlier version of this publication for parents of students in his school. He felt parents only have their own schooling as a reference for their children’s education, and the education system, and in particular the Junior Cycle, sets very different expectations for students than the Junior Certificate of the past.


Also available as an e-Book!


 Why do you need A Parent’s Guide to the Junior Cycle?

  • Helps parents support young people to make a smooth transition into secondary school.
  • Guides parents through their child’s learning journey from first to third year.
  • Gives a comprehensive breakdown of the framework of the Junior Cycle and the new system for grading.
  • Bridges the gap between home and school by giving parents the knowledge and insight to engage better with teachers and principals using a common language of the Junior Cycle.
  • Students’ success increases when their parents engage in their education and can participate in supportive dialogue with their child’s school.
  • Supportive information from experts on student well-being
  • Helpful tips on how to get your child organised and create a structure for learning
  • Assists parents in identifying their child's learning strengths.
  • Contains a comprehensive Appendix with useful educational contacts, terms, acronyms and abbreviations used in schools to support home/school communication.
  • The book addresses common anxieties and concerns your child may have and gives practical tips and advice on how you can help relieve these concerns.
€ 7.50