CBS James’s Street

Junior Cycle

Framework for Junior Cycle

The Framework for Junior Cycle, provides the basis for post-primary schools to plan quality, inclusive and relevant education programmes with improved learning experiences for all students, including those with special educational needs. The Framework contains 24 statements of learning, underpinned by the eight principles, provide the basis for schools to plan for, design and evaluate their junior cycle programmes. That process of planning focuses on the combination of curriculum components (subjects, PLU’s, and short courses) and other learning experiences. Schools will ensure that all statements of learning, alongside the key skills feature in the programmes of all junior cycle students.


The Principles

Eight principles underpin the Framework for Junior Cycle. These principles will inform the planning for as well as the development and the implementation of junior cycle programmes in all schools.

Learning to Learn

High quality curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning support students in developing greater independence in learning and in meeting the challenges of life beyond school, of further education, and of working life.

Choice and Flexibility

The school's junior cycle programme is broad enough to offer a wide range of learning experiences to all, and flexible enough to offer choice to meet the needs of students.


All students experience a high quality education, characterised by high expectations of learners and the pursuit of excellence.

Creativity and innovation

Curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning provide opportunities for students to be creative and innovative.

Engagement and participation

The experience of curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning encourages participation, generates engagement and enthusiasm, and connects with life outside the school.

Continuity and development

Curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning enables students to build on their learning to date, recognises their progress in learning and supports their future learning.

Inclusive education

The educational experience is inclusive of all students and contributes to equality of opportunity, participation and outcomes for all.


The student experience contributes directly to their physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing and resilience. Learning takes place in a climate focused on collective wellbeing of school, community and society.

How student achievement at Junior Cycle will be assessed:

Distinction: 90 to 100 %
Higher Merit: 75 to 89 %
Merit: 55 to 74 %
Achieved: 40 to 54%
Partially Achieved: 20 to 39 %
Not graded: 0 to 19 %

Classroom Based Assessments:

CBAs are undertaken in subjects and are facilitated by the classroom teacher.

CBAs will be reported on in the JCPA using the following descriptors:

  • Exceptional
  • Above Expectations
  • In Line with Expectations
  • Yet to Meet Expectations

Other Areas of Learning: Students will have the opportunity to engage with a range of other learning experiences as part of their Junior Cycle Programme and these can be recorded on the JCPA

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