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Secondary School Curriculum

Social Skills Program

cat chef cooking fishThe Independent Living and Social Skills Programme has been devised to meet the needs of some of our students in New Court School.. It offers a more practical programme encompassing Literacy, Cookery, Shopping, Art, Organisational Skills, Drama, PE, Music, I.T.C skills, S.P.H.E./R.S.E. These areas are set out as 5 Priority Learning Units - part of Level 2 Learning Programme of the new Junior Cycle. The PLUs (Priority Learning Units) are :​ 

  • Communicating  and Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Personal Care
  • Living in the Community
  • Preparing for Work. 

Leaving Cert Applied (L.C.A.)

notebook-computer-pcThe L.C.A. is offered to students over the final two years of school. It is a 2 year course designed to prepare students for the transition from the world of school to that of adult and working life. Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded a certificate from the State Examination Commission.

Marks are generated by continual assessment plus final exams at the end of the second year. There is a wide variety of subjects with emphasis on the working environment.

Subjects include:

  • English & Communications,
  • Maths,
  • Information Technology,
  • Social Education,
  • Leisure & Recreation
  • Craft & Design.

If you would like to find out more about the Leaving Certificate Applied, you can read more on the Department of Education & Science's website here:  http://lca.slss.ie/

Junior Certificate / J.C.S.P. (Junior Certificate Schools Programme)

Maths-degreeJunior Certificate

The Junior Certificate is offered in 6 subjects in our school:  Maths, English, Home Economics, Art, C.S.P.E. and Woodwork. It is usually completed by the students when they are approximately sixteen years old.

The number of subjects selected and completed by students is discussed between parents, teachers and the students involved in order that the programme best meets the students’ needs.


The Junior Certificate School Programme (J.C.S.P.)

The J.C.S.P. is run in conjunction with the Junior Cert. Each subject offered at Junior Cert. Level is broken down into statements and the students complete as many statements as possible in the 3-4 years before doing their Junior Cert. As the programme is offered over a long period, students complete a large number of statements in a wide range of subjects. The programme also offers funding for initiatives in extracurricular activities and for promoting literacy and numeracy. In school we have run very successful initiatives in Art, Music, Science and Rock climbing. The Word Millionaire Reading Challenge is an initiative where groups of students are challenged to read a million words in a certain period of time.

You can read more about the J.C.S.P. on the Department's website here http://jcsp.slss.ie