The Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP) is a national programme under the auspices of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). Currently, the programme is offered in 224 schools throughout the country. JCSP operates within the Junior Certificate/ Cycle curriculum. It follows the curriculum framework set out for the Junior Certificate/Cycle, which is re-focused to cater for JCSP students.
It is not an alternative to the Junior Certificate/Cycle – it is a plus ! All of our students at Junior Cycle follow the JCSP along with their studies for the Junior Cycle.
All of our Junior Cycle students follow the JCSP over the course of 3 years – 1st, 2nd & 3rd Year. It is an addition to their Junior Cycle studies. At the end of the 3 years they receive a JCSP Profile and a school reference. The Profile is an official document from the Department of Education.
Absolutely! The whole point of participating in the Junior Certificate School Programme is to stay at school, experience success in school and become more confident about sitting the Junior Certificate/Cycle Exam. Check out www.jcsp.ie for further information.
Students cannot fail JCSP.
The Programme is about success. It is an addition to the Junior Certificate/Cycle. Achievable statements are carefully chosen. Students get an opportunity to complete a series of statements and build their own success profile – a profile listing all the things they can do and a reference from the school.
There are no core subjects as such. However, all students must be entered in the Junior Certificate/Cycle Exam.