In developing some sample learning programmes that would demonstrate the guidelines in action, schools identified students from the relevant target group and generated a learning programme for them. The learning programmes describe a range of activities that schools are currently using with their students. The activities described in the sample learning programmes relate to the schools’ own experiences in working towards L1LPs certification that is broadly aligned with Level 1 on the NFQ.
The sample learning programmes, written by teachers, describe the PLUs for each student. The PLUs are chosen with the specific profile and needs of the student in mind. In general, it is envisaged that a student’s learning programme would run for the duration of junior cycle, and on completion this would lead to a JCPA. As mentioned earlier, it is acknowledged that, for some students, they may continue their L1LPs into senior cycle.
It should be emphasised that the learning programmes do not describe the totality of the student’s learning. There are other learning activities and experiences the student might undertake over the course of junior cycle that may not be described in the learning programme.
Learning programmes can include learning that is curricular and extra-curricular.