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Written Answers - School Curriculum

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 212.  Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor Information on Olivia Mitchell Zoom on Olivia Mitchell  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if there is a national transition year curriculum programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16661/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The Transition Year (TY) is a one-year programme that forms the first year of a three-year senior cycle.

It is designed to act as a bridge between the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate programmes. It is available to all second level schools. Transition Year is optional for students in most schools. Some 28,500 students in 550 post-primary schools follow this option.

Each school designs its own Transition Year programme to suit the needs and interests of its students. The Transition Year Programmes document 1994-95 published in 1993 provides overarching guidelines in the Transition Year.

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