Assessment Criteria May 2020
A webpage has been launched to support the wellbeing of our Leaving Certificate
students. The page contains resources and support documents including FAQs, and tips on
how to stay well, a podcast on how to manage wellbeing, contact details for the support
services available, and a range of other useful information. This webpage is linked
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/d8920c-leaving-cert-2020/. This page will be updated on a continuous basis, as needed.
– All third year Junior Cycle students to be awarded certificates for the completion of Junior Cycle by the Department of Education and Skills
– Schools given autonomy to assess students and all students to receive a report on achievement
– Adult learners to be given opportunity to take final Junior Cycle examinations in autumn
The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Wednesday 29 April 2020) announced revised arrangements for this year’s Junior Cycle.
The decision was taken following recommendations from an advisory group of stakeholders as part of planning for the State Examinations in response to the Covid-19 public health measures and the decision that the Junior Cycle State Examinations will not run this year.
Minister McHugh attended the meeting of the advisory group and thanked the members for their work.
“In this difficult time for students I have listened to the very strongly-held and well-articulated views of students, parents and other stakeholders,” Minister McHugh said.
“This decision has been made with the health and wellbeing of students, parents and teachers at the forefront of our thinking.
“It gives students and their families more clarity and certainty. It also gives schools freedom to decide how best to assess the progress of students following three years of hard work and learning.”
Under the revised arrangements and in light of the exceptional circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the work and achievement of third year Junior Cycle students will be recognised with a state certificate from the Department of Education and Skills.
As soon as possible after the end of the current school year, students will receive a written school report on their learning achievements in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit
Schools are also being given autonomy to decide whether to run school-based assessments and what form they take. Options to consider include school-designed examinations, tasks, projects, assignments, essay style questions, presentations, or other tasks agreed at a local level. Guidance for schools on reporting to students and parents, developed with the advice of the advisory group of stakeholders, will be published by the Department.
The State Examinations Commission is also being asked to put in place specific arrangements for adult learners to give them an opportunity to take final Junior Cycle examinations for which they are entered in autumn 2020.
Notes for Editors
For info on the advisory group see here
Further advice in relation to assessment options for schools will be issued by the Department.
Certificate of Completion
This will issue from the Department early in the next school year. It will provide each student with a certificate confirming completion of the Junior Cycle programme of study, including the list of subjects, short courses and/or priority learning units studied and the level at which the subject was studied.
We would like to advise you that due to the nature of the work and on-line communication structures used by the Care Team in St. Paul’s Community College it may be necessary to contact your son/daughter by email or phone/text. If you do not give permission for any such contact to take place between the Care Team member and your son/daughter please contact the school by message or text to 086-0263447 (Available Monday to Friday: 10am – 3pm) to withdraw your permission.
The Care Team
Monday 27 April 2020
Our 4th year students are finalists in the Generation Apprenticeship Competition 2020, and they created a video to say thank you to front-line staff.