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1 Clár na hIdirbliana THE TRANSITION YEAR PROGRAMME Gaelcholáiste na Mara, Arklow

2 TRANSITION YEAR Transition Year is a one year school based programme between Junior and Senior Cycle. It is designed to act as a bridge between the two by facilitating the smooth transition from the more dependant learning of the Junior Cycle to the more independent self-directed learning required for the Senior Cycle

3 Misean Ráiteas na hIdirbliana Forbairt pearsanta, oideachasúil agus gairme na ndaltaí a chur chun cinn ionas go mbeidh siad ábalta a bheith féinrialaitheach, rannpháirteach agus freagrach sa sochaí a mbíonn siad páirteach ann.

4 AIMS Michael O'Leary 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

5 Transition Year Guidelines 1. Prepare students for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society 2. Enable students to take a greater responsibility for their own learning and decision making. 3. Help students to develop a range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem solving skills Michael O'Leary

6 METHODOLOGIES Active / learner focused Teacher as facilitator Negotiated learning Practical work Group work Project work Out of school activities Visiting speakers

7 TRANSITION YEAR Why opt for Transition Year ?  Challenges facing our Young People  Changing attitudes to Education  Need for Skills based learning  Age Profile of Irish students  Time to mature and develop  Space to reflect and plan  Develop new competencies Michael O'Leary

8 Benefits Michael O'Leary Leaving Certificate : Informed Subject Choice Multiple Intelligences Study Skills / Learning Styles Independent self-directed learning Assessment /Self assessment CAO choices /Course requirements

9 Benefits Michael O'Leary Third Level : Age profile/maturity Leaving home skills Self management skills Time management skills Study skills –independent self-directed Group /Project work /Research skills I.C.T. skills

10 Michael O'Leary Benefits Adult and Working life : Self esteem /awareness Assertiveness Relationships Teamwork Skills Maturity /critical judgement Careers / Work experience Interviews – C.V., Portfolios

11 NCCA Longitudinal Study TY students do better on average by 26 points Repeat students do better by an average of 5 points TY candidates are more likely to be educationally adventurous TY students more likely to apply for and enter college TY are less likely to fail 1 st year exams.

12 PEELING THE LAYERS OF A TY PROGRAMME “The Onion” Michael O'Leary

13 Gaelcholáiste na Mara Idirbhliain

14 CORE SUBJECTS IRISH ENGLISH MATHS FRENCH PE SCIENCE

15 MODULES YOUNG SOCIAL INNOVATORS MINI COMPANY GEOGRAPHY TOURISM HISTORY MUSIC EUROPEAN STUDIES ART DRAMA TECHNOLOGY WOODWORK TECHNICAL GRAPHICS HOME ECONOMICS

16 ASSESSMENT Continuous Assessment Oral Presentations Projects Reports Class Tests Portfolio Self-assessment Homework Skills Assessment Participation

17 CERTIFICATION Modular External Organisations End of Year Pass / Merit / Distinction Participation / Punctuality / Attendance

18 Significant Learning Days Organised according to relevance, value and cost Examples: The Criminal Courts, Science Gallery, Lufthansa Aeronautics National Ploughing Parents?

19 SPECIAL EVENTS YOUNG SCIENTISTS PUBLIC ACCESS TO LAW LOG ON LEARN FRENCH EXCHANGE GUEST SPEAKERS FIELD TRIPS GAISCE ROAD SAFETY JUNIOR COACHING OUTDOOR PURSUITS FIRST AID COMENIUS COMPETITIONS

20 WORK EXPERIENCE 12 th November st January 2013 Students find own placement with guidance Should be relevant to own interests Part-time jobs?

21 Examples Pearse St. Garda Station, Vet Clinic, Dublin Airport Authority, Raidió Rírá Killary Outdoor Education Centre, The Beacon Hospital, Silverwood Studios, Today FM, RTE, Microsoft...

22 EXTRA CURRICULAR SportsDebating DramaChoir Green SchoolsSchool Band Student CouncilGAISCE LibraryPublic Speaking Cinnire GaeilgeYoung SVP...

23 COMMUNICATION Newsletter – School Diary Wicklow People School notes Phone-calls and s welcome Students

24 EVALUATION WHOLE SCHOOL SUBJECT TEACHER PARENTS STUDENTS WORK PROVIDER

25 CONCERNS ABOUT TY Doss Year Loss of Focus Attendance Extra Year Settling down in 5 th year Cost YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN!

26 THE ROLE OF PARENTS Support Encourage Wealth of Expertise Voluntary Assistance Check progress with student

27 COST Costs will be kept as low as possible Local trips, free guest speakers Buses biggest expense €350 per student, ECDL and French Exchange extra.

28 CEISTEANNA

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