The new Junior Cycle represents a sense of freedom and choices for schools making the classroom the site of innovation. The focus is now on enabling students to make a greater connection with learning and improving the quality of learning that takes place. Ultimately it places students at the centre of the educational experience.
Teachers will have the scope to ensure deeper learning, to focus on key skills, and to support and monitor student progress. This empowers teachers to teach in new and creative ways, teach what they want students to learn and change how students engage with the curriculum.
It also gives school management and teachers the professional space and flexibility to decide how best to organise the learning and shape it to meet the learning needs of their students.
New Cycle - New Challenges
We at SchoolWise understand that with any new wave of change comes with it a wave of new challenges. It is now down to each school to be at the forefront of the change. New assessment methods, terminology, processes by which learning is generated, gathered, judged and reported, new management and review systems along with school staff and subject development are just some of the challenges facing schools.
We also realise that your school will need administrative and technological capacity to facilitate and manage this change, to gather the relevant assessment information and to engage with school leaders, educators, learners and parents. Communication and collaboration along with the enhanced use of ICT is more important than ever before, especially as more subjects are rolled out. SchoolWise is the platform that can enable your school to successfully adopt these changes and exceed the challenges ahead.
SchoolWise and the Junior Cycle
SchoolWise is a cloud based learning platform, developed in Ireland, and is the only one in the market designed specifically for Irish secondary schools. It is the only platform that incorporates all aspects of the new junior cycle. It will also give you and your school leaders full visibility, management and reporting on how teaching and learning takes place within your school, subject departments, with teachers and students.