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Assessment and Reporting – policy development   2019/2020

The NCCA is supporting the development of a policy in schools in relation to Assessment and Reporting on student progress as part of the development of Learning in the new Junior Cycle.   Assessment in Junior Cycle places the student at the centre of the learning process allowing for new ways of learning and a broader range of skills to be assessed.   The student is encouraged to claim and take ownership of their own learning and the emphasis in assessment is switching from ‘terminal assessment’ to ‘assessment for learning’ (AfL).  The new process sees assessment not a a judgement of achievement at the end of a process, but as an ongoing part of the process whereby the student receives feedback that facilitiates their ongoing learning.

In Mercy Mounthawk, we are currently (Jan 2019) engaged in a process of consultation in realtion to this policy.  A focus group of parents from the Parents’ Council is involved in providing parental perspectives that will inform the new school policy.  Information of this process and the thinking behind the Assessment for Learning structure can be found on

If you would like to be a part of this process, please contact the Parents’ council.

DES Privacy Notice in Relation to the JCPA

Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement awards will shortly be issued by the school.  The DES has asked that the following privacy notice be brought to the attention of all parents of students were in third year 2017-18 prior to the presentation of the JCPA. Click on the link to view the statement:

PRIVACY NOTICE – for parents from SEC

Government Circular on Use of Mobile Phones & Tablet Devices

The circular released in May 2018 by Minister Richard Bruton on technologies in schools can be viewed here:

Consultation on Use of Smart Phones and Tablet Devices in Schools