Transition year students and those who completed Junior Cycle last year, recieved their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Certificates today. 

 The JCPA captures the student’s achievements in a number of assessment elements undertaken over the three years of junior cycle, including the grades in the statecertified final examinations at the end of the three years.

It also provides an opportunity for schools to comment on student achievement, participation or progress in other areas of learning that may have been included in the school’s junior cycle programme. Schools may also include broader aspects of reporting in this section or areas such as personal and social development and learning dispositions. Students may engage in other learning activities set out in a school’s programme for junior cycle. These can include social, cultural, pastoral, scientific, entrepreneurial and other activities that can support the 24 statements of learning and the 8 key skills. In this way student engagement, progress and achievement in a wide range of other learning experiences outside of the school’s junior cycle programme may be acknowledged in a student’s JCPA. Other areas included can be areas such as participation in a school musical, membership of the student council or membership of a school’s sports team. This kind of reporting gives every student the chance to have his/her particular strengths and engagement in areas of school life other than the traditional academic areas recognised and affirmed.