Transition Year

Transition Year

‘To promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of the students, and to prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society’.

Department of Education and Science Guidelines 1993

Transition Year Programme in SETSS

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Transition Year (TY) is a one-year school-based programme between Junior and Senior Cycle. The Transition Year Programme in SETSS is compulsory for all 4th Years and offers students a broad educational experience, designed to create opportunities where they take greater responsibility for their own learning and decision making. The programme encourages students develop the skills they will need for the more independent self-directed learning required for the Senior Cycle. It is an opportunity for them to explore new subjects and interests and also develop a range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The Transition Year Programme also gives students an opportunity to reflect on and develop an awareness of the value of education and training in preparing them for the ever-changing demands of the adult world of work and relationships.

Transition Year Curriculum

All students will continue with the core or continuation subjects of English, Maths, Gaeilge and a Modern Foreign Language (unless exempt). They will also all experience subject sampling of potential Leaving Certificate Subjects, such as Business, Accounting and Economics and the three science disciplines, Biology Chemistry and Physics. There is a strong emphasis on developing life skills and students will have the option, for example, to develop their culinary or budgeting skills. Other TY specific subjects will also be offered, either as rotational modules or year-long options; for example the current cohort have enjoyed Film Studies, Korean, Russian, Yoga and Coding.

Significant Learning Experiences

We strongly encourage all TY students to engage in extra-curricular activities and awards such as Gaisce, Young Social Innovators and the GAA Future Leaders Award. There are also opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial skills too. We have been fortunate enough to work with Age Action this year too and have been teaching basic IT skills to elderly people living in the area.

Students will also take part in a number of trips, visits and other significant learning experiences during the Programme. For example, the 2019/20 cohort have enjoyed visits to museums and galleries such as Henrietta Street and the National Gallery and also taken part in Go-Karting, Paintballing and a hike up Bray Head.

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Transition Year Calendar

We aim to start the TY Programme with an outdoor educational residential experience. This is a great team-building exercise for students and staff and encourages them to go outside their comfort zone and think laterally in preparation for the exciting challenges in the year ahead. Last year, the TY cohort went to Kippure and Blessington and took part in den building, kayaking, zipwires, high wires and much more!

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Early in the first school term we give the students the opportunity to receive basic First Aid Training and Accreditation. We belief this is an essential life skill and a valuable addition to the students’ CVs in readiness for their work experience placements.

Work Experience

All TY students are required to complete a two weeks of work experience and one week of community action – (full details can be found in the TY Information Booklet).

Some TY specific programmes require registration as early as June of 3rd Year. Here are some opportunities that we are aware of (TY Opportunities). It is not an exhaustive list and students are encouraged to do their own research over the summer holidays, as it enhances their personal development.

The students are encouraged to look for work experience in areas of interest to them and in which they may eventually make their career. Even if this does not happen, the experience gained in a workplace - including developing new skills, ensuring good time keeping and punctuality, developing social skills with other employees and the employer - is invaluable.

One of the aims of the programme is to introduce the students to the world of work and various career options. It is hoped that they can then embark on the Leaving Certificate course with a greater sense of purpose and direction.

Work Experience Dates - 2020-2021

Work Placement 1 - Monday 8th – Friday 12th February 2020

Work Placement 2 - TBC

Community Work Experience Placement - 2 Hours Weekly

Assessment in Transition Year

A wide variety of assessment procedures are employed during Transition Year. Each subject teacher decides on the best way to assess their particular area and will complete reports to parents relating to academic engagement and attainment.

Students will be also required to record their progress, upload examples of their best work and reflect on their learning experiences in their E-Portfolio on regular basis. This E-portfolio will form a large part of their end of year accreditation. Other elements within the certification system include punctuality, attendance, homework completion and participation in extra-curricular activities.

At the end of the year, the students receive a certificate indicating their results in each area and their overall award. Students also receive a wide variety of certificates acknowledging their participation and achievements in various activities such as charitable work, public speaking etc during the year.

‘There is growing evidence that students who have taken the Transition Year Programme are most-self-reliant learners when they enter third level education than their peers’.

Commission on the Points System, Final Report & Recommendations, 1999, p46.

Contact - TY Programme Coordinator

Sallie Ennis -

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Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin 18.
01 290 7404
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