Transition Year




An Tasc - Forás pearsanta, sósialta, oideachasúil agus gairmiúil na mac léinn a chur chun tosaigh agus iad a ullmhú mar bhaill neamhspleácha, freagracha den tsochaí ina mbeidh siad páirteach.



The Transition Year Programme is a unique one year programme that promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society (Transition Year Guidelines, 1994, Department of Education). TY provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with Junior Cycle to the more independent learning environment associated with Senior Cycle. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. 


The latest statistics for TY Students participanting in Transition Year are 40,451 in 622 schools.


For information contact:













TY Refresher Workshop 


This course is targarted at New Co-ordinators and New Teachers to TY. 



If you would like to attend, please book your place through the PDST event online booking system. 


TY Refresher Workshop Resources 

TY Overview Presentation     TY Overview Presentation as Gaeilge

Writing the TYP Presentation   Writing the TYP Presentation as Gaeilge


TY Exploring Planning Booklet





PDST TY PICNIC - CPD for Transition Year Co-ordinators


Thank you to all the TY teachers who attended the TY PICNIC on the 7th September, 2016.

Please find presentations from the day.

TY PICNIC presentation

TY PICNIC presentation - Wellbeing

TY PICNIC presentation - Apprenticeships

TY PICNIC presentation - Killina Language Initiative

TY PICNIC presentation - Team Teaching

TY PICNIC presentation - Music and Arts



PDST TY Get up and Go Competition 2017


All venues for the TY Get up and Go Competition are now full.

Futher Details for the Get up and Go Compeition 



Get up and Go Promotional Video



Relevant Documentation Supporting a Transition Year Programme
Application Form


Origins of Transition Year
Start Up Guide
Writing the Programme
Transition Year Programme Guidelines for Schools








New Tourism Modules and Competition


Tourism insight is a new initiative developed by the Irish Hospitality Institute in collaboration with the Institute of Technology Tralee with the support of Fáilte Ireland and the Irish Hotels Federation. The initiative was formally launched nationwide 29th September 2016 by the Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan.
The programme provides valuable tourism insights to transition year students and other learners, informing them of career options within the tourism industry.
Tourism is everybody’s business and every interaction with a tourist is an opportunity to make them feel welcome and we want everyone to understand the value of tourism and of every tourist.



Cycle Against Suicide 


Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE's The Secret Millionaire programme.  The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.  


The Cycle Against Suicide community is determined to let people in every corner of the island of Ireland know that; it's OK not to feel OK and it's absoluetly OK to ask for help.  Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland. 



Iveagh Scholars Programme


The Iveagh Scholars programme is a way for secondary-studens to share their views on Ireland's role in the world, and to get involved in the discussion about how the Deparment of Foreign Affairs and Trade promotes abroad the values, interests and economic well-being of Ireland and its people.  It is aimed at Transition Year students in Ireland and Year 12 students in Northern Ireland.

For further information, please click on the website 

 The closing date for entries is 16th December, 2016



121digital Programme


The 121digital programme facilitates approx 500 TY students annually to experience the power of enabling local adults with digital skills. This, in turn, empowers the TY students who volunteer for the programme. It is their first experience of teaching and it matures them on several levels.

For more information see attached file.



The Hope Foundation    Web Link


What the Hope Foundation can offer schools:


  • Free school talks to students of looking at topics such as child labour, trafficking, gender inequality and the work of HOPE.
  • Travel to Calcutta with The Hope Foundation on our Immersion Programme
  • HOPE Mini Company project with Butlers Chocolates
  • Young Social Innovators Partnership
  • Opportunity to take part in HOPE’s National Campaign in October
  • Event support and local fundraising
  • C.S.P.E Development Education programme



Exploring the Students Experience.





Student perceptions of Transition Year. 2014 ISSU Report (Irish Second Level Students Union).  View Report



Transition Year Resources