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Home Economics

Junior Cycle Home Economics develops the knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary achieve optimal, healthy and sustainable living for every person as an individual, and as a member of families and society.

A new Junior Cycle Home Economics specification will be introduced in September 2018. Home Economics develops students’ practical food and health literacy skills so that they are enabled to adopt a healthy lifestyle and make informed decisions that positively impact their health and wellbeing. It nurtures students’ resourcefulness, innovation, adaptability, and competency as consumers. It develops students’ creative design and textile skills. It enables students to be environmentally conscious and dedicated to a sustainable and responsible way of life.

For students entering first year before September 2018 the Junior Certificate Home Economics syllabus applies.

For students entering first year in or after September 2018 the Junior Cycle Home Economics specification applies. Both can be viewed here.

The new Junior Cycle Home Economics specification will be introduced into schools in September 2018. The development of the specification began in March 2016.

The background paper for Junior Cycle Home Economics explores the development of the subject at junior cycle; highlights good practice at home and abroad; and to uses evidence-based research to inform the revision of the specification.

The Home Economics  Development Group consists of the nominees from a range of education stakeholders including teacher and management bodies, Department of Education and Skills, and the State Examinations Commission.

A draft Junior Cycle Home Economics specification was developed from May 2016 - March 2017. The draft specification is available here.

For students entering first year before September 2018 the Junior Certificate Home Economics syllabus applies. Download our Facts Sheet for Junior Certificate Home Economics here.