The Framework for Junior Cycle places students at the centre of their educational experience, and promotes the development of key skills. These include literacy, numeracy, being creative, communicating, working with others, staying well, and managing information and thinking. By engaging with the arts and developing their artistic skills, students develop a range of key skills which are integral to the art form they are exploring, while gaining pleasure and enjoyment as they learn.
The current pilot focuses on drama and film in Junior Cycle English. English is the first subject to be introduced as part of the new Junior Cycle, and a series of CPD workshops are being offered to teachers of English between January and March 2016.
Arts in Junior Cycle emerged as part of a joint pilot initiative of the Department of Education and Skills Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. It was developed in the context of the introduction of the new Framework for Junior Cycle in 2014, and a Performing Arts Learning Service (PALS) Feasibility Study commissioned by the Arts Council. The initiative is based on partnership and collaboration with key partners across the arts and education sectors.