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Sarah Nally
Sarah Nally
Team Leader
Level Two, Learning Programmes

Welcome to the Level 2 Learning Programmes (L2LP) section of the Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) website.

Level 2 Learning Programmes (L2LPs) have been designed for a small minority of students with particular special educational needs. These programmes are a new and welcome addition to help to continue to provide meaningful learning and learning experiences for students who have general learning disabilities in the higher functioning moderate and low functioning mild categories. They are designed only for those students who are not able to take the existing Junior Certificate, and can suit both special school and mainstream settings. These programmes are set in the context of the principles, key skills and 24 statements of learning that frame the new Junior Cycle.
JCT is delighted to support schools and teachers of L2LPs by facilitating CPD activities to support their introduction. These activities include core workshops which focus on planning for the introduction of L2LPs, as well at providing access to a wide variety of teaching and learning methodologies. JCT will also be involved in roll-out of various elective workshops in areas where additional support may be required.

If you require any further information, please contact your relevant Regional Leader or provide detail on the
JCT Support Enquiry Form
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Check out our new L2LP resources and link to page:

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View sample plans here…

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View Curriculum links here




11th February 2016

Level 1 Learning Programmes:

Level 1 Learning Programmes:

The NCCA have published the report of consultation on background paper and brief. Click here to view paper.




11th January 2016

Our Journey with you so far

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Take a look at our new sample videos and resources for each Priority Learning Units here… Register you school for CPD now on www.jctregistration.ie

Adapting L2LPs within your school context:

Teaching a mix of Level 2 and Level 3 Woodwork


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Don Golden and Judith Callan-Gough attending the National Parents Council Primary Conference in the Aishling Hotel

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L2LP New Associates reviewing documents recently as part of their training programm. JCT is delighted to welcome new team members from mainstream and special schools.
Register you school for CPD now on www.jctregistration.ie


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Bridget Donoghue and Kelysey Thomas from the University of Louisville, Kentucky presenting
to the L2LP team on Special Education in the United States.




15th July 2015:

Level 2 Planning Toolkit:
This toolkit has been designed by the NCCA to help schools easily set up and manage the Level 2 Learning Programmes online. The school Principal must first set up both themselves and their school on the e-Planning Tool before other teachers can either add themselves or be invited by the Principal. The Principal must also validate each teacher before they will be able to access any of the information within the e-Planning Tool.

Registration page on the NCCA website

https://level2planning.ncca.ie/

A help menu for each section is available at the following link:

Help page on the NCCA website




4th March 2015:

The Junior Cycle Level 2 Learning Programmes (L2LPs) Associates were busy in January and February with the delivery of CPD to Special Schools, Hospital Schools, Youth Encounter Projects, HSE Adolescent Units around Ireland. Counties visited included Dublin (12 schools), Tipperary (2 schools), Waterford (2 schools), Galway (2 schools), Kilkenny (2 schools), Cork (5 schools) with one school each in Kerry, Sligo, Westmeath, Roscommon, Carlow, Wicklow, Cavan and Mayo. The Associates were supported by their colleagues from the Whole School Team. Further information on the L2LPs may be read here. Some of these schools also explored the Level 3 Junior Cycle Programme.




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We began our L2LP Whole School CPD day 1 for Special schools in November 2014 and visited 29 schools before Christmas. We would like to thank all the schools involved for the warm welcome we received and the enthusiasm shown for the Level 2 Learning Programmes. Our CPD training recommenced in January and another 39 schools will receive CPD in the coming months. This is a full day CPD, facilitated by our L2LP Associates who are all practicing teachers in both mainstream and special schools. The CPD is held in each school and provides an opportunity for staff to fully engage with the Framework for Junior Cycle, to familiarise themselves with the Level 2 Learning Programmes and to share good practice within their school setting. Guidance is also given on how to begin implementing the L2LPs within each school context.

Has your school registered yet? If not, you may do so by contacting Monaghan Education Centre directly or by emailing , info@jct.ie

We are delighted also to announce that the NCCA Level 2 e-Planning Tool is now live at:

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https://level2planning.ncca.ie

This toolkit has been designed by the NCCA to help schools easily set up and manage the Level 2 Learning Programmes online. We will keep you posted on further updates and developments on this over the next few months.




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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q1. What are the Level 2 Learning Programmes?

    Level 2 Learning Programmes target the learning and accreditation needs of the very small number of students with general learning disabilities in the higher functioning moderate and low functioning mild categories whose needs are not met by some or all of the subjects or short courses on offer and who require focused priority learning outcomes.

    The L2LPs build upon prior knowledge and are designed around 5 Priority Learning Units (PLUs) and two short courses that focus on the social, personal and pre-vocational skills that prepare students for further study, for work and life. The five Priority Learning Units include; Communicating and literacy, Numeracy, Personal Care, Living in a Community and Preparing for Work. Schools should allocate approximately 250 hours for each PLU and 100 hours for each short course. The L2LPs constitute 60% of teaching and learning time. This allows individual schools discretionary time to enable students to participate in the broader junior cycle curriculum, in level 3 subjects and in other learning experiences.

  • Q2. How do the Level 2 Learning Programmes fit in with the new Framework for Junior Cycle?

    The L2LPs form part of the Framework for Junior Cycle. These programmes reflect the principles of Junior Cycle education and provide opportunities for all students to engage with the 24 Statements of Learning. The 8 Key Skills form an essential part of each student’s learning. A school’s programme will be mediated through subjects, short courses, other learning experiences and, where relevant, priority learning units. To achieve a full Junior Cycle Student Award, students must present evidence of learning related to the majority of the learning outcomes for all elements of each PLU AND receive an “achieved” grading for two Level 2 short courses.

  • Q3. How will I know if my student should be following the Level 2 Learning Programmes?

    The L2LPs are designed for students identified as being in the low mild to high moderate range of ability, and in cases where the full level 3 programme does not meet the learning needs of the individual student. These students will benefit from a L2LP due to its focus on development and learning in areas such as, basic literacy and numeracy, language and communication, mobility and leisure skills, motor co-ordination and social and personal development.

  • Q4. Is it possible to follow some subjects at Level 3 and also do L2LPs?

    A student undertaking a L2LP may be able to achieve some or all aspects of a Level 3 subject or short course and should be facilitated to do so while the greater portion of their learning programme would be at Level 2.

  • Q5. When can schools start the Level 2 Learning Programmes?

    Schools wishing to put in place a Level 2 Learning Programme for their students with special educational needs have been able to do so from September 2014.

  • Q6. When is the first year of certification?

    The first certification will be in 2017.

  • Q7. Where can I find further information on the Level 2 Learning Programmes?

    A downloadable version of the Level 2 Learning Programmes: Guidelines for Teachers, can be found at www.jct.ie

    Further information is also available on www.curriculumonline.ie and www.ncca.ie

  • Q8. Where can I find further information on the Level 2 Short courses?

    Short courses form part of the Junior Cycle pathway for students undertaking L2LPs. They can be considered and developed by schools to meet the specific needs and interests of their students. Schools may now formally incorporate existing, worthwhile school activities as short courses within their Junior Cycle programme, thereby providing exciting opportunities for both teachers and students.

    Two short courses have been developed by the NCCA as examples for schools. These two short courses, in addition to guidelines and templates, have been created to support schools in their development of short courses.

    JCT and NCCA have supports in place to assist schools in their consideration and development of short courses.

Resources

Assessment Materials



  • L2LP teacher assessment


    L2LP Teacher Assessment Checklist


    Personal Care Teacher Assessment Checklists

    Personal Care Teacher Assessment Checklists


    Living in a Community Teacher Assessment Checklists

    Living in a Community Teacher Assessment Checklists





    Numeracy Teacher Assessment

    Numeracy Teacher Assessment Checklist


    Preparing for Work Teacher Assessment Checklists

    Preparing for Work Teacher Assessment Checklists





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    Living in a Community Student Self Assessment Booklet

    Living in a Community Student Self Assessment Booklet
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    Living in a Community Student Self Assessment Booklet

    Student self assessment booklet Numeracy

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    Student self assessment booklet Personal Care

    Student self assessment booklet Personal Care

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    Student self assessment booklet Preparing for Work

    Student self assessment booklet Preparing for Work

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    Student self assessment booklet communication and literacy

    Student Self Assessment Booklet Communication and Literacy
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