The Junior Certificate School Programme is a national programme sponsored by the Department of Education and Skills and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. It originated in the early school leavers programme initiated by the curriculum development unit. The emphasis is put on active teaching and development of basic skills. Students are profiled and records are kept on progress, skills and achievements. Students follow the same curriculum and are assessed the same way but also recieve their student profile at the end of three years. This helps show students how far they have come since beginning secondary school.
The Professional Development Service for Teachers have an excellent collection of workbooks deigned for JCSP which focus on the numeracy and literacy development of students. While these books are designed for the English and maths teacher I have found ways to incorporate them into my history lessons. The English books which are called Exploring student workbook and Letter writing for students give templates for letter writing and diaries. These can be used for the people in history questions or key events in history. There are also research sections which help students with their investigation and critical thinking skills.
The books are an extra resource in any classroom and can be adapted to suit a wide range of lessons. They would also be a handy addition to any substitute teachers bag of tricks. A list of other resources for the student teacher can be found Here.
I will be incorporating these into my classroom in future.