What is Transition Year?
Transition Year is of benefit to students on many levels. The aim of a Transition Year programme is to promote the holistic development of the student. A well designed Transition Year course will teach students many valuable life skills which they won’t learn through the normal examination programmes.
A Transition Year programme might include modules like
- community involvement
- work experience
- charity work
- personal development
Schools will challenge students to set their own goals and objectives for the year.
Will They Continue with Academic Subjects?
Most schools will continue with core academic subjects however, in general, assessment of these subjects might take a different form to the traditional written examinations.
Portfolios, oral exams, presentations and continuous assessment are often more practical and more effective forms of assessment. Students will be given more responsibility for their own learning and be encouraged to reach their own potential.
What Can They Gain from Transition Year?
Students who attend school regularly and participate in the full range of modules and activities can gain a lot from the Programme.
Generally, on completion of Transition Year, students will have developed socially, academically and emotionally.
As the students have matured greatly they are more able to handle the challenges which arise during the Leaving Cert Cycle, both academically and socially.