A Parent’s Guide to the Junior Cycle
Transitioning to Post-Primary and Supporting Your Child Through the Junior Cycle
Are you the parent or guardian of an incoming first year or Junior Cycle student?
- Are you concerned about your child starting first year in September?
- Would you like to know how to support your child’s successful learning and social development 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 for post-primary students 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 and the assessment approaches awaiting them in post-primary school.
Benefits of A Parent’s Guide to the Junior Cycle to parents
- Helps parents support young people to make a smooth transition from primary education into secondary school.
- 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.
- Gives helpful tips on how to get your child organised and create a structure for learning.
- Gives a comprehensive breakdown of the framework of the Junior Cycle and the new system for grading exams, assessment tasks, classroom-based assessments (CBAs) and the key skills required for success in each.
- Contains a comprehensive Appendix with useful educational contacts, terms, acronyms and abbreviations used in schools to support home/school communication.
- Bridges the gap between home and school by giving parents the knowledge and insight to engage better with teachers/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.
- Assists parents in identifying their child's learning strengths and weaknesses.
- Aids parents in understanding evidence of student performance both at a common level and national level.
- Ensures successful Junior Cycle students are prepared for the journey ahead in the senior cycle.