Purpose of the guidelines
The purpose of these guidelines is to assist teachers in any setting in designing learning programmes to meet the specific needs of the students in question. The guidelines have been developed with a number of schools and settings already working with this group of students. The engagement with schools has highlighted many of the issues and challenges experienced in including the needs of this group of students. While it has also provided the opportunity to identify and explore examples of current good practice in teaching and learning in this area, the engagement has confirmed the need for a different, more concerted approach to curriculum and assessment to meet the needs of the students in question. L2LPs are broadly aligned with Level 2 of the National Framework of Qualifications. Students undertaking L2LPs are awarded the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA). This is a school certificate awarded to all students at the end of their Junior Cycle programme in recognition of the full range of their achievements at this stage of their education.