What is Transition Year?
Transition Year is a one-year programme between the end of the Junior Certificate and the beginning of the Leaving Certificate programme.
Does the Transition Year have a fixed curriculum?
No each school devises its own programme and it varies from year to year, following guidelines laid down by the Department of Education and Science and taking into account the resources available to the school, the numbers doing Transition year, the interests of the students and current network links we made within our local community.
How many students do Transition Year?
For the last number of years over 90% of all Third years continued on to do Transition year which proves in itself how successful the programme is. Students are informed in March /April of Third year about the Application Process.
What are the four layers of Transition Year?
Layer 1 refers to the core subjects that all students take for the full year.
Layer 2 refers to subject sampling which gives students a taste of many of the Leaving Certificate subjects available in the school to help them make informed choices when making their subject choices later.
Layer 3 is the Transition Year Specific Layer includes subjects and modules devised both within the school and by external agencies supporting the programme in schools: few examples are: Swimming , Gaisce , Enterprise, Self- defence, Local Enterprise competitions, TY Enterprise awards .
Layer 4 is called the TY Calendar Layer and includes activities such as work experience, trips, our annual musical production, etc
What are the main benefits of doing Transition Year?
- A significant benefit to the student is the space provided by the year to grow and mature at a sensitive and keys stage of transition through adolescence into young adult life.
- Students have many opportunities to practice team work skills, research skills , IT skills, project skills.
- Students become more self-directed learners through the development of general, technical and academic skills.
- Students gain in maturity in relation to work and careers by developing work-related skills.
- Students gain in personal maturity by been given opportunities to develop communication skills, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility.
- Students gain in social maturity by developing greater ‘people’ skills and more awareness of the world outside school.
- By sampling a wide range of subject areas students can make more informed choices about the kind of Leaving Certificate programme they may wish to follow at the end of the Transition Year.
- It is generally recognised by teachers that a Transition Year Programme equips the now more mature student with a broader range of skills and insights to deal more effectively with a Leaving Certificate programme and able to maximise their points.
Do students get any homework in Transition Year?
Yes, homework is an important part of Transition Year. In addition to traditional styles of homework, students do projects, assignments and research on a variety of topics for their Portfolio. Guidelines for completion of their Portfolio’s will be given to all students in early September. Their portfolios are inspected at Christmas and in May. The Students’ Portfolio of work is part of the criteria for Certification as the end of the year. Parents are invited to a formal presentation of certificates including a Transition Year Certificate awarded by the Department of Education and Skills.
Has Gallen CS Transition year Programme ever been externally evaluated?
Yes, Inspectors from the Department of Education visited out school to evaluate our Transition Year Programme in detail. The evaluation was conducted over two days during which the inspector liaised extensively with the programme coordinator and visited classrooms to observe teaching and learning. The inspector also examined students’ work and reviewed relevant documentation pertaining to the programme, as well as teachers’ written preparation.
The Board of Management were very pleased that the Inspectorate confirmed their confidence in the excellent TY Programme that is run in Gallen Community School Ferbane. The full report is available on request in the school or on www.education.ie/inspectorate.The following are the main strengths identified in the evaluation:
- There is very good whole-school support for the TY programme in Gallen Community School Ferbane.
- A strong level of commitment to professional development is evident among the TY teaching team.
- The TY programme is well resourced. Members of the teaching staff are appropriately assigned to the programme and a large number of staff members are involved in the programme.
- Communication between the school and parents is very good.
- Planning for the delivery of the TY programme in the school is very good.
- The TY programme is very well co-ordinated.
- Curriculum provision in the TY programme in Gallen Community School Ferbane is very good.
- In the lessons observed classroom management of students was excellent. Student-teacher rapport was seen to be very good and mutual respect between teachers and students was evident. Effective teaching methodologies were used in many of the lessons observed.
Activities that have featured on our Transition year Calendar in Gallen C.S. Ferbane:
- Subject Sampling
- Science Competitions
- Atlantic Corridor Science conference
- ECDL Modules
- Outdoor Pursuits
- Self Defence
- First Aid
- Log on Learn
- Work Experience
- Mini Company
- Offaly & National TY Enterprise competitions
- Working with students in Cluny Centre
- Glendalough retreat day.
- Song School
- Annual School Musical
- Community Initiatives
- Driving Theory & Car Safety
- Invited speakers
- Visitations to local industries.
- University and or IT visit
- Home Economics competitions
- Junk Kouture Competition.
|INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS RE: WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENT FOR TRANSITION YEARS 2016/17|
We wish to thank all parents who attended out meeting regarding our proposal of weekly work-experience for next year’s Transition Year students. We are pleased with the positive response from local employers also and we think it is a great opportunity for them to try out different career paths and get experience of the working world and acquire new skills.
Structure of placement: Three different placements over the year each of 10 weeks duration which takes account of holiday and term times for next year. If a student really wants to, completing two placements with one employer is ok but at least two placements must be done.
School Planning: All students will have two workshops before they begin on September 9th.They will all complete a Manual Handling course from a Certified trainer [and receive a certificate of completion]either on Thursday 1st or Tues 6th September . On Friday 2nd Mrs McHugh guidance counsellor and Mrs Finnegan will conduct a workshop with them to prepare them for their work experience. They will all receive a work experience pack and complete a number of short assignments with us on that day. They will know our requirements for their written reports on their work experience placements. During the year Mr Dunican will undertake to ring a number of employers each Friday to check on the students’ progress, attendance and deal with any issues that may arise.
Employers: We have a letter and calendar for prospective employers that we think will assist your son/daughter seeking a placement over the summer and a list of employers from Ferbane area who have agreed to take students plus the names of other business that have taken students from our school before. In the TY workshop we will also give the students an envelope of materials for the employers with our contacts, insurance, state indemnity and other forms for them.
All students are ensured with Brennan Insurance and this is a 24 hour insurance to cover medical bills that may arise if they have an accident / injury. It covers students on work experience from school with certain restrictions. We have enclosed a copy of this insurance for you also and ask you to please familiarise yourself with it.
We know from talking to the current third years during the last week in May that many of you have started the process of assisting your son/daughter in finding a placement. We would appreciate your son/daughter sending us details of these positions once they have confirmation from employers. If they wish to do from August 15th, they are welcome to call in and let us know or email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details.
TY 16/17 FRIDAY’S WORK EXPERIENCE CONFIRMATION NOTICE
Name and Address of Work Placement:
Work Placement Phone Number:
Name of Contact in the Workplace
We will keep this Work Experience Programme under close review all year and check in with a number of employers every week to see if there any issues with which we need to intervene and to check on the students’ progress, attendance. If there are any serious issues we will contact you and if become aware of any problems please let us know immediately also.
We think this will be both a great opportunity for your son/daughter to gain an insight into the working world. In Careers class, Mrs McHugh will supplement this work with career exploration and in Business class Ms Shine and Mrs McDonagh will encourage them to explore ideas around enterprise. We hope they will make the most of the opportunities on offer next year and they enjoy Transition year.