Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (143)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy


143. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for the reform of the junior cycle (details supplied). [11834/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy is aware, my officials are currently engaged in intensive discussions with the education stakeholders on the resources including the detailed modalities in relation to workload and implementation issues for schools and teachers; on quality assurance and teacher assessment and on the professional development required to support teachers and school leaders to implement the Junior Cycle. I expect to receive a detailed report on these issues from the National Working Group in May. The Deputy should note that CPD is currently being rolled out to English teachers and school leaders by the Junior Cycle for Teachers team. In fact, €4.8 million is being provided for the reform of Junior Cycle in Budget 2014.