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Welcome to the website of the Transition Year Programme

The Transition Year Programme is a unique one year programme that promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society (Transition Year Guidelines, 1994, Department of Education). TY provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with Junior Cycle to the more independent learning environment associated with Senior Cycle. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.

Transition Year Introduction and Induction Course

This one day course will be held in Athlone Education Centre on Wednesday March 20th 2013. For details on attending please contact marysorohan@pdst.ie

"Evaluating the Transition Year Programme" Workshops

The following PDST workshops for TY Coordinators, Core Team members and teaching colleagues have been arranged on the theme of "Evaluating the Tansition Year".
All workshop will run from 7pm-9pm in the regional Education Centres, with Tea/Coffee on arrival.
To book a place on any of these courses, please download, complete and submit application.

Tuesday January 29th Kilkenny EC
Wednesday January 30th Cork ESC
Monday February 4th Athlone EC
Tuesday February 5th Sligo EC
Wednesday February 6th Drumcondra EC
Monday February 25th Limerick EC
Tuesday February 26th Kildare EC


"Developing Electronic Portfolios in Transition Year" Workshops

The following PDST workshops will be held in the IT rooms of the Educaitons Centre from 7pm-9pm, tea/coffee on arrival.

Download details and application formWord File.

Monday January 21st Navan EC
Wednesday January 23rd Cork ESC
Thursday  January 31st Blackrock EC




Minicompany Regionals

Download a flyer outlining all Minicompany details for this year herePublisher File. Below are the dates for the forthcoming Regional Finals.
The National Final will be held on Wednesday, May 5th in the Osprey Hotel, Naas.

CORK Thursday February 2nd Vienna Woods Hotel
DONEGAL Tuesday March 5th Abbey Hotel
GALWAY Wednesday March 6th Menlo Park Hotel
ATHLONE Thursday March 7th Athlone Springs Hotel
DUBLIN DAY 1 Tuesday March 12th Lucan Spa Hotel
DUBLIN DAY 2 Wednesday March 13th Lucan Spa Hotel
KILKENNY Thursday March 14th Springhill Court Hotel





Calling all adventurous TY students!

RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes, along with Yellow Asylum Films, are looking for people to participate in a forthcoming television series which will follow eight Transition Year students – four able-bodied and four with disabilities – on a life-changing and fun journey to an exotic mystery location. 
Throughout, they will undertake a number of exciting challenges. They will be trained and fully supervised by a team of experts but they will still need a strong sense of adventure and commitment.
The only qualifications are that you must have an open mind and a desire to test your limits. You’ll also have to be in Transition Year in your school, sixteen years of age or older on January 1st, 2013, have a valid passport and be free, ready and willing to travel at some stage during the Spring of 2013 to a place most people have never even thought of visiting.
Those interested need to upload a five-minute video to: www.rte.ie/trte/inyourshoes making the case for why they should to be chosen as one of the lucky eight.
Further information: Moira Lawson (Production Coordinator) 086 – 086 1867
Dowload details

Online Competition from the Graduate to promote Civic Awareness

www.gradu8.net are running an online student competition to promote Civic Awareness. Flyer for display attached. Further details on the website or contact Project Coordinator Martin at 086 2304991 or 094 902155. Download The Graduate Competition Flyer


Visit the Office of the Ombudsman for Children

TY coordinators planning for this year might be interested to know that their students are welcome to visit the office of the Ombudsman for children. Workshops are 90 minutes long and transport is subsidised.

For details, see attached or ring 01-8656800

VisitOfficeOmbudsmanChildrenPDF File

Visit the website: www.oco.ie/getting-involved/visits-programme.html

 Enabling Access Across Generations - a new NDA certified Disability Awareness E-learning Module

TY coordinators planning for this year might be interested in a new Module devised by the Local Authorities Access Officers Network.This module of learning aims to promote the personal, social and educational development of TY students by placing specific emphasis on students’ own responsibility in learning, group work, activity based learning and preparation for work experiences.
TY students will complete the NDA certified Disability Awareness E-learning Module, offering them the opportunity to maximise the use of computer technology in a way which may not always be possible in examination courses. Additionally, this initiative presents as an opportunity for TY students to engage in an interdisciplinary approach to learning with the social and economic aspects of disability, equality and diversity to the fore in an award competition. Both elements are designed to complement mainstream Transition Year learning units and support the flexibility afforded in curriculum design. This learning module is flexible in it application can be adapted to fit in within any of the four layers of the Transition Year Programme.
For further information and or to register your interest/intent to use this learning module, please contact:
pcoffey@dlrcoco.ie                                   Telephone:             01 2047269      
caroline.horan@wexfordcoco.ie           Telephone:             053 9196418      


Download the module bookletPDF File and coverPDF File



 The 2nd Annual TYTPN Conference takes place on April 21st 2012 in Athlone Springs Hotel.

It is organised by TY teachers and Coordinators for TY teachers and Coordinators, and is themed

Breadth and Balance in the Curriculum

Features include

  • Michael O'Leary, TY National Coordinator, will opne the conference
  • Dr Geraldine Simmie-Mooney, Coordinator of Teaching Practice & Mentoring, Department of Educational and Professional Studies, University of Limerick and former member of the Transition Year support team will give the keynote address on Education - a caring profession but who cares for the educators?
  • Catríona Tyrrell, Science teacher will present a workshop - Science: Breadth and Balance
  • Anne Ryan, TY Coordinator and Mary B Ryan, Deputy principal, will give an input on Creative Timetabling and Innovation and Imagination on the Management of the Transition Year Programme.
    • There will be a number of presentations from providers of educational modules for TY and from community organisations which will give a fresh look to your Transition Year Programme. 
    • A number of exhibitors will have displays giving information on TY modules and suggestions for broadening the horizons of your TY Programme

The latest TYTPN newsletter outlining conference detailsPDF File (see pp6&7) was mailed to all schools before Easter.

See the full conference agendaPDF File here

 Showcase your Transition Year online

 If your school's TY has a website or blog devoted to it, why not share the address here? Email ty@pdst.ie with details and we will be delighted to highlight them.


National Career Skills Competition 2012

This popular competition is again open to all TY students.

Download detailsPDF File or visit the www.careersportal.ie

Circle  of Life Transition Year Assignment

This national project centres around the altruistic and socially enriching cause of organ donation, but has at its core, a very specific objective;  the involvement of young people, through the TY Programme, in the creation of a national garden of commemoration to organ donors, to be located in Salthill, Galway. While this project would have many national and local beneficiaries including the promotion of the life saving cause of organ donation, it could be of considerable educational/cultural and societal benefit to the students and schools involved. The project is being presented and organized by Strange Boat Donor Foundation who would very much welcome the views and response of TY Coordinators. Visit www.strangeboat.org or download details hereWord File 


Sharing Exemplars of Good Practice

We are currently inviting Teachers to share their subject/module plans with colleagues. If you are willing to share your subject/module plan with others please complete and forward the attached templateWord File to the Transition Year Support Service for inclusion in the curriculum section of this website.
Email: ty@pdst.ie 
Post: Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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Comenius In-service Training Grant (Teachers)

The Comenius In Service Training Grant enables teachers and other education staff to undertake general in-service or language training professional development.  The training can last up to 6 weeks and must take place in another eligible European country.  It can take the form of a structured course, a placement or job shadowing, attendance at a conference or seminar.

Courses can be found on the Comenius Grundtvig Training Database http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/




Created: September 29, 2005 19:59, Last Updated: January 10, 2013 19:35.
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