About - Students and JCSP

Students and JCSP

 

 

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Which students should do the JCSP?
The JCSP Programme is aimed at 12–16 year olds who are potential early school leavers.

 

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Can a group of students within a class do the Programme?
Certainly. It is up to the teacher and the school to decide what way they want to organise the students in their classes.

 

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How is students’ participation in the Programme explained to them?

Students are told that they are doing the Junior Certificate Course. Instead of waiting to do an exam to get a certificate after three years, they can begin to work towards their exams immediately. Teachers will take a chunk of their subject, called a statement, which ‘states’ that they can do something. This statement will be put on their certificate as soon as they have achieved the required number of learning targets.

e.g. ‘The student can apply the basic knowledge and skills necessary to produce artefacts using engineering materials.’

Students can build up their own JCSP Profile throughout Junior Cycle by completing targets and statements with their teachers. By the time they come to sit their exams they will realise that they have been successful learners and will feel much more confident about doing the Junior Certificate exam.

 

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What do students gain from being in the Programme?
Students get an opportunity to become more involved in their own learning, discussing statements and meeting targets. Through engagement with this learning process, students begin to succeed and go on to build on this success. Throughout their time on the Programme the JCSP team seeks out opportunities to reward and praise students and to give them useful feedback on their performance. In addition, the JCSP team tries to make positive contact with the students’ families. When the students sit their Junior Certificate exam they also get a certificate from the Department of Education and Science and a profile listing all they have achieved while on the Programme.

 

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Should the learning targets in the statements be explained to the students?
It is important that students are aware of the learning targets that are ahead of them. It is important to emphasise that these targets are part of the Junior Certificate examination syllabus and that success in them is a stepping-stone to success in the Junior Certificate examination itself.

 

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Is it necessary to involve the students in tracking their own progress?
JCSP teachers have found that involving students in monitoring their own progress gives them an increased sense of control over their own learning and leads to greater motivation in achieving learning targets. Experienced JCSP teachers report that this involvement is an important aspect of the delivery of the Programme. It lets the students know how they are getting on regularly and rewards their success with encouragement and praise.

 

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Can students be helped to make the transition from primary to secondary?
Many JCSP schools now run transfer programmes for students moving from primary to secondary school. These programmes take some of the strangeness and fear out of moving into secondary school by allowing the 6th class primary pupils to explore their new school, meet some teachers, hear from 1st and 2nd years about the highlights of the year and in some cases try a few classes.

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How long does a student need to be in the Programme to receive a Final Profile?
A student has to complete one year working on the Programme in order to receive a Final Profile.

 

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Can a student be profiled if they have left the school?
Yes, any student who has completed one full year in the Programme is entitled to a profile and certification. However, the profile and certification can only be awarded at the end of third year.

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