JCSP Policy

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Students are selected for the programme based on the following criteria:

  • Students with low academic performance in primary school
  • Students who achieve very poor results in the standardised tests prior to entering secondary school
  • Students with serious difficulties in basic skills such as literacy and numeracy
  • Students with a record of high absenteeism from primary school
  • Students who would have had access to resource teaching

Students are selected for the programme by the following staff members:

  • Principal
  • Deputy Principal
  • JCSP Coordinator
  • Home School Liaison Officer
  • Learning Support Teacher

Students in the programme are organised in the following way:

  • All JCSP students are placed in a single class unit
  • They are streamed upon entering Secondary school
  • The subject teachers are part of the JCSP department
  • Certain students are withdrawn to attend the Behaviour Support Unit

The curriculum provision is as follows:

  • All JCSP students are offered English, Irish, Maths, French, History, Geography, Science CSPE, SPHE, Religion and a choice of either Metalwork or Woodwork.
  • The literacy needs of the students are assessed prior to entering 1st year and resource and learning support hours are allocated to those in need
  • During the course of the year, other students from the JCSP class may be sent for assessment based on the opinion of subject teachers
  • The students are retested every year to assess the increase of reading ages and levels.
  • Each JCSP teacher receives a Student Profile Handbook that breaks the particular subject into separate sections that would be tested at ordinary and foundation level.
  • There is a checklist for students to fill in after completing a particular topic that can only be filled in when a students fully understands the topic
  • A teacher may wish to focus on four of the sections in the handbook and may award the students personally or use them to gain a certificate at the end of third year
  • Students in third year receive a folder which holds these JCSP checklists, handouts, certificates, class tests and worksheets which are used as a means of revision before the Pre Exam and Junior Cert

The programme is coordinated and developed in the following ways:

  • A coordinator is appointed to run the programme
  • Based on the amount of students in the programme, the coordinator is allocated between three and five class periods to coordinate everything
  • The coordinator attends regular in-services on literacy and encourages other JCSP teachers to do the same by putting up the JCSP calendar in the staff-room and applying for cover
  • The coordinator tests the reading ages of all JCSP students pre and post a reading initiative
  • The Coordinator holds term meetings with the JCSP teachers to discuss new resources, initiatives and any problems arising from the students
  • It is preferable that that coordinator teaches a subject with each JCSP class as they will have a better understanding of the students and their challenges.

Selection of JCSP initiatives:

  • The JCSP coordinator applies for initiatives offered by the Curriculum Development Unit which aid teaching and learning
  • Initiatives can be applied for in term one and term two of the academic year
  • A literacy and numeracy initiative are always applied for
  • Other initiatives try to focus on the social skills and the self esteem of the students such as school outings, award evenings and team building
  • Due to limited funding, each year a selection of JCSP teachers will be involved in an initiative concerned with their subject

Provision of JCSP resources:

  • Based on the needs of the students and teachers, the JCSP coordinator applies for resources which are supplied by the Curriculum Development Unit.
  • Resources include Keyword notebooks, Keyword posters, Wall charts, Posters, Postcards, Bookmarks, Book tokens, Calculators, Workbooks, Subject Handbooks for teachers.
  • The resources are distributed and explained to each subject teacher upon arrival at the annual JCSP meeting for each year group
  • If a particular teacher wishes to carry out an exercise with JCSP students that requires additional funding, they may apply for it through the JCSP coordinator

Parental Involvement:

  • The parents of JCSP students are involved as much as possible through invitation to awards nights commending their son’s achievement in a particular task
  • JCSP postcards are used as a means of communication between teachers and parents
  • Parents are informed of trips through letter and phone contact
  • Certificates are given to students who have made significant improvement in an area
  • JCSP certificates are given to students who have completed the JCSP programme and are now in fourth and fifth year.

JCSP work to date:

  • In 2009/2010, Second year students completed six novels in six weeks
  • Second years also completed a Who Wants to be a Word Millionaire initiative
  • Second Years were brought Ice Skating as a reward for participating in these initiatives
  • Parents of Second Years were also invited to an award morning where their sons received their certificates for their reading challenges
  • Flashmaster Math calculators were purchased for this groups in an attempt to make maths fun and also to improve basic arithmetic
  • History and Geography teachers teamed up to bring the class to the Queenstown story and on a tour of Cobh harbour
  • 42 novels purchased
  • 12 DVD’s purchased
  • In 2010/2011, First year students were brought bowling as a reward for good behaviour.
  • Third year students received their study folders and keyword notebooks
  • Postcards were sent home to both second and third year parents to communicate good progress students had made
  • Reading tests were carried out on both first and third year groups at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • Staff profile meetings were held for each JCSP group at the beginning and end of the year
  • A special award was set up to honour the most improved JCSP students and this was celebrated at the school’s annual award night
  • The attendance of one particular students was monitored closely with an attendance certificate available at the end of a six week period
  • A spelling intervention was done with third years to improve knowledge of exam terminology before the Pre exams
  • Irish workbooks were purchased to improve literacy in other languages
  • 13 Easter eggs purchased for first year students
  • First year students entered the “Make a Book” competition with a three books they had written and designed
  • Pens, copies, pencils, maths sets and calculators bought for all second year students
  • 42 novels purchased
  • In 2011/2012, Mary Glasgow French magazines were purchased to improve interest and literacy in French
  • SRA reading kit was purchased to help second years with their writing and comprehension
  • “In The Spotlight” progressive text books were purchased to improve first years understanding of comprehensions
  • 30 novels purchased
  • Four bean bags purchased for library
  • 2 French Story books
  • Three posters for library purchased
  • Subscription to Mary Glasgow Spanish magazine
  • 3 potted plants for Library
  • 2 magazine storage boxes for library
  • 14 ring binder folders for 3M students