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Children’s School Lives Study: Report 7

Children’s School Lives Study: Report 7

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The principles are set out to assist schools and teachers in designing learning programmes appropriate to the needs of their students. One way of delivering these principles is through offering L2LPs as an option at Junior Cycle. Students undertaking the L2LPs will experience some or all of the statements of learning and develop their skills through engagement with PLUs, Short Courses and other curriculum and learning experiences.

Learning to learn
Learning programmes are designed to support the student become independent in their learning and conscious of themselves as students. This, for example, could involve encouraging the student to think about strategies to use when they approach a learning task, such as applying a step-by- step method.

Choice and flexibility
Programmes are flexible by nature and reflect the reality of the range of contexts and settings involved.
As far as possible student choice is facilitated. Choice should be embedded into learning and teaching in terms of howstudents engage with and demonstrate their learning.

Programmes are subject to continual review, development and adjustment in the interest of the student and their holistic development.

Creativity and innovation
Programmes give teachers and students the opportunity to engage in the curriculum in creative and innovative ways. They also enable students to explore and develop their creative talents.

Engagement and participation
Students can engage with the PLUs through a variety of educational experiences. Programmes have meaning for students, are enjoyable, and support them in achieving their potential. Learning connects to life outside of school. Consideration is given to the student’s prior learning and experiences personal and social development and ageappropriateness.

Continuity and development
Programmes are planned with a view to easing the major transition points that students face, particularly the move from primary to post-primary education. A programme that builds on prior learning and supports students in making links within and across learning areas provides for continuity and opens pathways for further learning. Programmes can encourage and support students to engage with learning at the next level of the NFQ, to look to the future and prepare for life after leaving school.

Inclusive education
Programmes are planned with a view to easing transitions that students face. They are designed to meet the needs of the student to support their inclusion and meaningful participation in their school and community.

Programmes are designed with the student at the centre. This enables the physical, mental, emotional and social well-being to be an integral part of the programme.

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