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ETBI Welcomes Minister O’Sullivan’s Announcement of Agreement on Junior Cycle Reform

Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) welcomes Minister O’Sullivan’s announcement that agreement on all aspects of Junior Cycle reform has been concluded with the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland and that her Department will publish an updated Framework for Junior Cycle (2015) shortly which will incorporate all the agreed provisions for Junior Cycle.

In commenting on this development Michael Moriarty, General Secretary of ETBI states:

‘We are very pleased that, following a protracted process, Minister O’Sullivan has announced that agreement on all aspects of Junior Cycle reform has been concluded with the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland and that her Department will publish an updated Framework for Junior Cycle (2015) reform shortly.

The Minister’s announcement gives certainty to school management, teachers, parents and students as we approach the beginning of a new school year and all involved in concluding these negotiations are to be congratulated.’

In particular, said Mr Moriarty:

‘it is heartening to hear that Minister O’Sullivan has acknowledged the vital role that school leaders will play in ensuring that the proposed reforms are implemented successfully.

Currently, the workload of school leaders goes well beyond what can be termed reasonable and every school leader will be delighted to hear that the Minister has committed to immediately engaging with the management bodies for schools and with representatives of school leaders, to ensure that school managements have the supports necessary to coordinate the Junior Cycle at whole-school level, to promote the development of new approaches to learning and teaching and to embed classroom-based assessment successfully.’

Concluding his remarks, Mr Moriarty said:

‘now that the matter of resources for teachers has been resolved, there must be no delay in resourcing the management function in schools.  Second level school leaders have laboured for years without proper management supports and, hopefully, the resourcing of the management function in relation to Junior Cycle reform will begin the process of putting in place a fully fit-for-purpose middle management structure in all schools.’

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