Junior Cycle Campaign

*This section will be updated as soon as possible to reflect measures committed to by the Department of Education and Skills as a result of the ASTI’s suspension of industrial action as outlined here.*

The ASTI is not currently engaging in industrial action over Junior Cycle reform. As a result of the suspension of industrial action, ASTI members must co-operate with all aspects of the Framework for Junior Cycle. However, the ASTI is insisting that the Union's outstanding issues are addressed in the interests of standards, quality, equity and fairness for all students.


Reduced teaching time

From September 2017, in all subject areas, full-time teachers involved in the delivery of Junior Cycle will be entitled to an annual allocation of 22 hours of professional time (40 minute per week), with a pro-rata entitlement for part-time teachers. 

Background to Junior Cycle dispute

In a ballot of ASTI members in September 2015, members voted to reject the document entitled “Junior Cycle Reform – Joint Statement on Principles and Implementation (including the appendix)” by 55% to 45%. 

Members also voted to continue industrial action up to and including strike action by 70% to 30%. 

In a parallel ballot, members of the TUI voted to accept the Junior Cycle Reform proposals. 

Industrial Action

On September 25th, 2015, ASTI Standing Committee re-issued a previous Junior Cycle Framework Directive to Members. This Directive prohibited ASTI members from engaging with aspects of the implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle, including attendance at CPD for the Framework and participation in any aspect of Classroom Based Assessment. It is currently suspended. 

Consultation with Members

In November 2015 the ASTI undertook a consultation with members on the Junior Cycle Reform proposals in order to identify the reasons why members rejected them. 

Following this consultation, ASTI representatives met with the Department of Education and Skills and relayed the outstanding concerns of ASTI members. These included: 

• increased workload/ pressure on teachers

• the impact of the proposals on teaching time 

• the feasibility of timetabling Junior Cycle Framework meetings, i.e. SLAR meetings 

• concern about whether 200 hours is adequate time for subjects

• the lack of ordinary and higher level options for most subjects

• the lack of examination conditions for the Assessment Task process

• the absence of State certified oral exams in Irish and other modern European languages

• the impact of the Classroom Based Assessment on teaching and learning time

• the lack of clarity in relation to the proposed new subject area “wellbeing”. 

Further clarifications on these issues were included in the document 'Outcome of Talks' which was out to a ballot of ASTI members in January 2017. ASTI members rejected the 'Outcome of Talks' by 52.5% to 47.5% .

The ASTI Directive is currently suspended. The ASTI continues to seek a resolution to the outstanding issues.



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