Junior Certificate School Programme Co-ordinator - Ms. Lorraine Mimnagh
The JCSP programme offers schools and teachers a more flexible approach than a traditional subject-based curriculum.
JCSP has at its core a profiling system which consists of a series of statements, each of which is a general description of a particular area of knowledge or skill. In other words, a statement affirms that a student knows, understands or can do something. Statements may be subject-specific or cross-curricular in nature.
Each student in the programme has a JCSP portfolio. The portfolio contains a list of the learning targets and statements that are currently being studied and worked on by the student. It also contains samples of the student’s good work. The portfolio serves many purposes, but its main purpose is to provide evidence of student progress and achievement. Portfolios are usually kept in school and reviewed regularly in class so that students can keep track of their own progress.
Student progress is reviewed through discussion between the teacher and the student. Regular reviewing ensures that the programme continues to meet the identified needs of its students. Towards the end of the year, the review is documented and this informs the planning for the succeeding year.
Other information that is useful in reviewing the programme are examination results, attendance figures and the number of students who progress to and engage with senior cycle education.