Leadership Spring 2019

Student-centred Strategic Planning

Session 1

Our ongoing school leadership support journey

Leadership CPD

Spring 2017 - Spring 2019

Autumn 2018

Ongoing Reporting for effective teaching and learning 

Day 2

Spring 2018

Ongoing Reporting for effective teaching and learning 

Day 1

Spring 2017

Wellbeing Guidelines

Autumn 2018

Leading Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Ongoing

Level 2 Learning Programmes

Spring 2019

Student-Centred Strategic Planning

Today we will collaborate to…

Deepen our understanding of how to plan for a Junior Cycle curriculum which is needs and context driven and student -centred in approach

 

Frame for the day …

Achieving real change, educational change that is deep and lasting, takes time

This is because most real change involves changing the way teaching and learning happens or changing the culture of schools as places of learning and organisations – changing the way things are done.

Threads for the Day

Curriculum Development

Planning for Assessment and Reporting

School Autonomy

Student at the Centre

Decision-making process

Making Connections

Junior Cycle Wellbeing Guidelines 2017

Framework for Junior Cycle 2015

Looking At Our School 2016

Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice 2018

DES Circular

0079/2018

Online Supports

www.jct.ie

Online Supports

Online Supports

Domain 1

Leading Learning and Teaching

Domain 3

Leading School Development 

Using Looking at Our School to reflect

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“Junior cycle places students at the centre of the educational experience enabling them to actively participate in their communities and in society and to be resourceful and confident learners in all aspects and stages of their lives.”

Framework for Junior Cycle

"Whatever the purposes of education and 'good' teaching, they are made visible through the decision-making processes in schools, and in particular in relation to curriculum, the what, why and how of learning"

(O’Grady et al, 2014 p.52)

What do we mean

by curriculum? 

Deepening our understanding of Junior Cycle Curriculum

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The Education Act 1998 defines Curriculum as;

(a) The subjects to be offered in recognised schools,

(b) The syllabus of each subject,

(c) The amount of instruction time to be allotted to each subject, and 

(d) The guidance and counselling provision to be offered in schools

The Framework for Junior Cycle

Twenty-Four Statements of Learning

Eight Key Skills

CURRICULUM

Eight Principles of Junior Cycle

SCHOOL AUTONOMY

The Framework for Junior Cycle

Level 1 Learning Programmes

Level 2 Learning Programmes

Subjects

Short Courses

Wellbeing Programme

Other Areas of Learning

SCHOOL AUTONOMY

System Changes at School Level

Whole School Level

 Subject Department & Team Level

Classroom Level

SCHOOL AUTONOMY

On a flipchart, describe the changes at Junior Cycle that have been evidenced at each level in your school context

What is happening in your school ?

Curriculum Changes at School Level

Whole School Level

 Subject Department &

Team Level

Classroom Level

SCHOOL AUTONOMY

CURRICULUM

 The Student at the Centre 

Focus on the student-centred reading stimulus assigned to you  

How can we put students at the centre of the educational experience in our schools?

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The Student at the Centre 

Discuss in your group and share three insights with the room

How can we put students at the centre of the educational experience in our schools?

The greater degree of flexibility afforded by the Framework will allow schools to take account of the school’s local context and the backgrounds, interests, and abilities of their students when planning their junior cycle programme. 

(Framework for Junior Cycle pg.27)

Who are your students?

What is your unique school context?

What are the learning needs of your students?

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What are your considerations?

My School:

    • Rural/ Urban location
    • Socio-economic indicators
    • Ethos
    • Single sex or mixed
    • DEIS Status
    • Staff profile
    • Values and Mission
    • Options at Senior Cycle

Learning Needs of My Students:

    • Student profile 
    • SEN profile
    • Links with primary school
    • Transition programme
    • NCCA Passports

When planning its Junior Cycle Programme, each school is required to take account of the school's local context and the backgrounds, interests, and abilities of its students and to ensure that, within the school's Junior Cycle programme, there is sufficient flexibility to cater for the individual needs of all students

     

(Circular 0079/2018) 

Today we will collaborate to…

Deepen our understanding of how to plan for a Junior Cycle curriculum which is needs and context driven and student -centred in approach

Threads for the Day

Curriculum Development

School Autonomy

Student at the centre

Decision-making process

The Framework for Junior Cycle

Level 1 Learning Programmes

Level 2 Learning Programmes

Subjects

Short Courses

Wellbeing Programme

Other Areas of Learning

What does your current Junior Cycle Student Experience look like?

Short Courses

Core/Optional ?

Level 1 Learning 

Programmes

Wellbeing Programme

Short courses?

Level 2Learning

Programmes

Other Areas of Learning

Subjects

Required/Core

/Optional ?

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Curriculum Changes at School Level

Whole School Level

 Subject Department &

Team Level

Classroom Level

SCHOOL AUTONOMY

CURRICULUM

Curricular Provision

Curricular Provision Review: One School’s Journey

School Context: 

All Boys 

Voluntary Secondary

Catholic Ethos

Student population: 700

All programmes offered

Large Rural Town

High progression rate to third level

20 feeder national schools 

Learning needs of students:

Data has been reviewed from a variety of sources to look at the learning needs of the student cohort

St. Luke’s College

Curricular Provision Review: One School’s Journey

All students in the school are required to study Irish, English, 

Mathematics and Religious Education

History, Geography, Science and Business Studies are currently core. There are two option lines and a year long taster programme across first year

The school currently offers 300 hours of wellbeing 

Curricular Provision Review: One School’s Journey

Parents and students unhappy that after a year-long taster programme of six subjects, students could only choose two subjects, one of which was advised to be a language. 

Eight subjects were core for all students. 

By 2020 the school had to provide 400 hours of timetabled wellbeing provision in their Junior Cycle curriculum 

Rationale for Review

Curricular Provision Review: One School’s Journey

This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA

Read the summary of how this school approached their curricular provision review

Consider how the process and the revised provision is student-centred in design. 

What advice would you give this school?

Share your reflections with your colleagues and feedback your key insights to the room

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Leadership Spring 2019 Presentation Session 1 - Google Slides