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1 Clonkeen College Education through experience of ADULT & WORKING LIFE as a basis for personal development & maturity

2 TRANSITION YEAR HISTORY Introduced in First Clonkeen TY in Nationally TY grew haphazardly in following years. Mainstreamed by Dept of Education in – in over 85% of all post-primary schools. Over 70% of all schools taking TY have made it compulsory.

3 TRANSITION YEAR AIMS Education for MATURITY with emphasis on social awareness & increased social competence Education through experience of ADULT & WORKING LIFE as a basis for personal development & maturity Promotion of general, technical and academic SKILLS with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-directed learning

4 ESRI ASSESSMENT 2005 Taking Transition Year has an impact on students’ academic outcomes, even taking account of initial differences between participants and non-participants. Taking Transition Year has an impact on students’ academic outcomes, even taking account of initial differences between participants and non-participants. On average, students who take part in Transition Year achieve higher Leaving Certificate exam grades and are more likely to go on to higher education than non-participants. On average, students who take part in Transition Year achieve higher Leaving Certificate exam grades and are more likely to go on to higher education than non-participants. However, not all students do better academically as a result of taking Transition Year. However, not all students do better academically as a result of taking Transition Year. This is the case for two groups of students: This is the case for two groups of students:  Male students who work part-time and continue to work up to their Leaving Certificate year.  Students in more disadvantaged schools where the programme is compulsory.

5 SOME IMPORTANT POINTS Critical stage in teenage development Critical stage in teenage development Space to grow and mature Space to grow and mature Recognises that there are many ways to be “smart” Recognises that there are many ways to be “smart” More informed choice of Leaving Cert subjects More informed choice of Leaving Cert subjects Skills foundation for Leaving Certificate Skills foundation for Leaving Certificate Life Skills Life Skills Third-level drop-out Third-level drop-out

6 TY IS SCHOOL BASED Focus of a school’s particular cohort of students Focus of a school’s particular cohort of students Expertise of teachers utilised Expertise of teachers utilised Individual syllabi devised Individual syllabi devised Varied teaching and learning Varied teaching and learning Varied Assessment Varied Assessment School-based certification School-based certification Outside certification Outside certification Inspectorate monitored Inspectorate monitored Clonkeen TY assessed twice by inspectorate – as a stand-alone area and as part of a whole school assessment (See DES website for reports) Clonkeen TY assessed twice by inspectorate – as a stand-alone area and as part of a whole school assessment (See DES website for reports)

7 Balance in the Curriculum TRADITIONAL SUBJECTS NEW MODULES ACADEMIC SKILLS SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING BASIC STUDY HABITS THE CAPACITY TO WORK IN GROUPS

8 LAYERS OF TY STRUCTURE TY Specific Layer CalendarLayer CoreLayer

9 CORE LAYER English French Maths Gaeilge

10 OPTIONAL SUBJECTS Creative Writing Horticulture YSIMusic Cookery

11 CALENDAR LAYER Three Term Structure Work Experience Visiting Speakers Outdoor Pursuits Life Skills Tourism Trips 3 Term Reports Parent- Teacher Meeting

12 TY SPECIFIC LAYER Politics Tourism Trips Computers - ECDL Drama Legal Studies Public Speaking Theatre/Film Outings Social Concern Cartoon/Film Making

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14 LIFE SKILLS Sailing Sailing Canoeing Canoeing Rock Climbing Rock Climbing Self-Defence Self-Defence Ice Skating Ice Skating Gaisce Awards Gaisce Awards

15 PRACTICALITIES Applications to principal for opt-out from TY by Fri 17 th April Applications to principal for opt-out from TY by Fri 17 th April Division of third year classes. Division of third year classes. Finance – a contribution of £500 to pay all the year’s costs: transportation, admission costs, outside personnel, renewal of book stocks etc. Finance – a contribution of £500 to pay all the year’s costs: transportation, admission costs, outside personnel, renewal of book stocks etc. First £250 – Fri 22 nd May 2015 First £250 – Fri 22 nd May 2015 Second £250 – Fri 11 th September 2015 Second £250 – Fri 11 th September 2015 Very few textbooks needed. Very few textbooks needed. Copy-books, a large envelope folder… Copy-books, a large envelope folder…

16 OBLIGATIONS Full participation in all aspects of year. Full participation in all aspects of year. Full attendance and punctuality. Full attendance and punctuality. Contract of Learning. Contract of Learning. Normal school rules apply. Normal school rules apply. Uniform. Uniform. Be interested as in all other years. Be interested as in all other years. Beware part-time work. Beware part-time work. Offer any expertise you have. Offer any expertise you have. Encourage your son and only provide notes for genuine absences. Encourage your son and only provide notes for genuine absences. Be open to differences. Be open to differences. StudentsParents


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