FAQs for parents

 
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1. General Information

Everything you need to know about the transfer of pupil information from primary to post-primary school.

2.Education Passport materials

Find out more about the Education Passport materials.

1. General information

Why will the primary school share information about my child’s learning in 6th class to the post-primary school?

Sharing information about your child’s learning is an important way of supporting his/her move from primary to post-primary school. This information will help to…

  • provide a rounded picture of your child’s progress and achievement at primary school
  • ensure continuity and progression in your child’s learning
  • alert post-primary schools if additional support may be needed to support your child’s learning.

 

How will the primary school share information about my child’s learning with the post-primary school?

Your child’s primary school will share information about your child’s learning using materials developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). Collectively, these materials are called the ‘Education Passport'.

Tell me more about the Education Passport materials.

The Education Passport materials are available at www.ncca.ie/transfer and include a

  • 6th Class Report Card (standard version)
  • My Profilesheet for children
  • My Child’s Profile sheet for parents
  •  A Special Educational Needs Summaryform will be added to support the sharing of information for those children who have identified learning needs.

Go to the Education Passport materials section below to find out more.

 

Will the Education Passport materials will replace arrangements in use at local level to support the gathering of pupil information?

No. Many post-primary schools have developed their own local practice to help gather information from parents and primary schools.  These may include meetings with parents and primary school principals/teachers, and the gathering of information using forms developed by the post-primary school.  The Education Passport materials will complement local practice, and have the potential, over time, to replace some of these arrangements.

 

How will the primary school know where to send information about my child’s learning?

The relevant post-primary school may forward an Information Request form to your child’s primary school. The Information Request form is sent after enrolment of your child in first year had been confirmed. 

 

On receipt of the Information Request form, what action will my child’s primary school take?

The primary school will forward a copy of your child’s end-of-year 6th Class Report Card to the relevant post-primary school.  You will already have received your child’s report card before this happens. The school will also send My Profile and My Child’s Profile to the post-primary school.

 

Is my consent required before my child’s 6th Class Report Card can be sent by the primary school to the post-primary school?

No. Legislative arrangements have been made to provide for the sharing of information on progress, including the results of standardised tests, where children transfer from one school to another.

 

What if I have enrolled my child in two or more post-primary schools?

If you has confirmed enrolment in more than one post-primary school, it is likely that your child’s primary school will receive requests to forward his/her information to one or more post-primary schools. In response, the primary school will forward the information to all requesting schools. It does so in good faith having received written notice from each of the post-primary schools that your child has been enrolled.  Post-primary schools will dispose of any information received about your child if she/he does not present as a first year student by the end of the first week of October.

 

If I enrol my child in another post-primary school after June, from whom should this ‘new’ post-primary school seek information about my child?

You should provide copies of your child’s 6th Class Report Card to the ‘new’ post-primary school in which your child has registered by the end of the first week of October. You will have received the report from your child’s primary school in June.

 

2. Education Passport materials

Why is a standard 6th class report part of the Education Passport materials? 

Since 2011, primary schools have used end-of-year report cards to share information with post-primary schools. These report cards varied from one primary school to another. The standard version 6th Class Report Card ensures greater consistency across primary schools in the information shared with post-primary schools. The 6th Class Report Card included information that makes it more fit for purpose when serving the dual role of reporting to parents and sharing information with your child’s new post-primary school.

 

Does the 6th Class Report Card include information about a child’s special educational needs?

Yes. The report card includes a ‘P’ for ‘Plan’ column to enable a teacher to share information about progress made by a child with special educational needs. The ‘P’ signals to the post-primary school that the child had a plan to support his/her learning in 6th class. Where relevant, the teacher shares information about the child’s progress based on the expectations identified the plan. This approach provides clarity to the post-primary school while also enabling the teacher to use the report card to celebrate the progress made by the child in relation to the goals identified in the plan. The term ‘special educational needs’ is not used in the report card[NL1] . 

 

I’m a parent of a child with special educational needs. How will the post-primary school find out more about my child’s needs in addition to the information shared in report card?

Post-primary schools will invite you to share information about your child’s special educational needs after your child’s enrolment in his/her new school.  As part of the Education Passport materials, the NCCA will develop the Special Educational Needs Summary form for schools. This will be available in during 2015/2016 The SEN Summary form will complement information shared in 6th Class Report Card

 

I understand that my child’s primary school uses  My Profile and My Child’s Profile. Tell me more about these items.

My Profile enables children to share some information about themselves with their new post-primary schools e.g. interests, strengths, challenges, and is designed to complement the end-of-year report card. Children complete the My Profile in school.

My Child’s Profile provides you with the option of sharing some information about your child with the post-primary school. It complements other ways you and your child may use to share information with your child’s new post-primary school. The primary school will send it to you along with a copy of your child’s My Profile. Once complete, you should return My Child’s Profile to the school within five days of receiving it. The primary school will then send your completed My Child’s Profile, your child’s My Profile and the 6th Class Report Card to the post-primary school.

 

Do I have to complete My Child’s Profile?

No. You may prefer not to complete My Child’s Profile. You may feel that you have already shared all relevant information about your child with the post-primary school or you may prefer to share the information in another way. If so, there is no need to return My Child’s Profile to the primary school. In this instance, the primary school will send your child’s My Profile sheet and the 6th Class Report Card to the post-primary school.

Can I stop the school sending the My Profile sheet to the post-primary school?

Yes. You should inform the primary school that you do not wish your child's My Profile to be forwarded to the post-primary school.

 

How can I share feedback on the Education Passport materials?

We'd like to hear about your experience with the transfer materials and your suggestions on how they or the process can be improved. The materials will be used in all schools next year, and therefore, any feedback that might help to improve them would be of particular interest.

We welcome feedback from teachers, parents, children or second-level schools. Share your views on the layout, design and scope of the transfer materials; the naming of the individual items; the overall title of the transfer materials; and the process of using the transfer materials. Please email your thoughts to transfer@ncca.ie