Transition Year




An Tasc - Forás pearsanta, sósialta, oideachasúil agus gairmiúil na mac léinn a chur chun tosaigh agus iad a ullmhú mar bhaill neamhspleácha, freagracha den tsochaí ina mbeidh siad páirteach.


Welcome to the webpages for 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. 



Global Citizenship Eduation - How the World Works Resource for Transition Year



Participant Registration Page



Deafblind Literacy Project 


Following on from the success of our pilot programme last year, we are delighted to announce the launch of our Deafblind Literacy Project. The funded grant is one of 55 chosen by the Toy Show Appeal through the Community Foundation for Ireland and for the next year we will be focusing on creating accessible literacy materials for children who are deafblind and their peers. Most children have access to many books at home and at school. A child who is deafblind may have limited books to choose from. Through this project we hope to increase learning, communication and personal development amongst children who are deafblind.


Letter to Principal and TY Coordinators


Please get in touch with if you or someone you know would benefit from this project.



The 'Decade of Centenaries' All Island History Competition for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2021/2022 


Transition Year Video Competition


This is the second year that we have a special video competition for Transition Year students. The video can be on any of the topics listed in the Post Primary category above. The video must be no more than five minutes in length and must cite all sources. It is important that the video is clearly produced by the students, acknowledging any assistance given by parents/guardians, teachers and other adults. Students must display a clear understanding of the topic, must give an unbiased account and must display the key skills of a historian throughout their work. This can be completed in groups, as a whole class or as an individual entry.

The video should take a creative approach. For example, it could take the form of a dramatisation, a re-enactment, an investigation, a news piece, an interview or any portrayal of the events displaying the historical context.


Please find further details on how to submit and closing date.



Careers Skills Competition by Careers Portal 


About the Competition 

This exciting competition promotes the importance of Career Skills and encourages the value of career research. It gives students the chance to reflect on the skills they developed during their work experience and explain how those skills can help them in their future career.

The competition is developed by CareersPortal and sponsored by AIB. It is supported by the Department of Education and Skills, An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta (COGG) and the TY, LCVP and LCA Programmes.



Further Information for this competition click here



Rewrite Climate TY Module


RewriteClimate is a new programme for TY students that aims to put hope and inspiration at the heart of climate change. Developed by social enterprise, Cool Planet Experience, it is a self-directed online programme that clearly explains why climate change is happening, but emphasises the solutions and innovations required to reduce our carbon footprint. It aims to change how people feel about the issue of climate change, to motivate them to be part of the solution and embrace opportunities in the climate space. Combining video, animation, interactivity and quizzes, RewriteClimate delivers an engaging and fun experience. Complementary offline activities provide for a rich and empowering experience.


For more information see or email


Remote Learning Spring 2021


As we continue to engage with our students remotely, we've put together a collection of resources which you may find useful at this time. All resources are free (or have an element which is free) and we will continue to add to the list in the coming days and weeks. To access these resources see here.




Presenting your TY Programme to Parents

Around this time of year, many schools host an information evening for parents of Third-year students in preparation for next year's Transition Year. These events are most likely happening through some online video-conferencing software at the minute - such as Zoom, MS Teams or Google Hangouts. In the video below you'll find some really useful pointers as to the type of information you might present at such events. If you have any questions please email us at



Preparing for End-of-Year Celebration

While it may seem a long way away, now might be a good time to start planning for the end-of-year celebration of TY. At the moment we cannot predict if it will be possible to have students and their families attend the celebration in the usual way or if the celebration will need to be virtual in nature. Either way, with this in mind and with Term 1 complete, now might be a good time to get students to reflect on their work from Term 1, to identify work of which they are particularly proud and to record some overview of their experience. These student pieces could form an integral part of the end-of-year celebration - whatever form it takes - and also motivate students in the coming days and weeks. 

We have a short video presentation outlining some considerations around this.


Iriseoirí an Lae Amárach 

Beidh deis ag scoláirí Idirbhliana tabhairt faoi chúrsa nua iriseoireachta ar líne á mhúineadh ag cuid de phlúr na n-iriseoirí teilifíse, raidió agus digití. Reáchtálfaidh OÉ Gaillimh agus Nuacht RTÉ agus TG4 an cúrsa, Iriseoirí an lae amárach le comhairle ón gComhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG) agus ón Roinn Oideachais. Tá an cúrsa dírithe ar scoláirí in Iar-bhunscoileanna Gaeltachta agus Lán-Ghaeilge ar fud na tíre agus beidh sé ar siúl ar an ardán Zoom idir 1-4 Márta 2021. Cuirfidh foireann ó chúrsaí meán agus cumarsáide OÉ Gaillimh agus iriseoirí RTÉ a chraolann ar TG4, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta agus a sholáthraíonn ábhar d’árdáin digiteacha an cúrsa i láthair ar líne. 

Le clárú don chúrsa agus breis eolais: Le clárú ba cheart do scoileanna teagmháil a dhéanamh le le léirithe spéise agus nasc clárúcháin a fháil. Is í an Chéadaoin 10 Feabhra an spriocdháta do léirithe spéise ó scoileanna. Is í an Luan 22 Feabhra an spriocdháta le clárú.


An Gaeilge san Idirbhliain

Sa seimineár gréasáin seo díríodh isteach ar an bpleanáil fadthéarmach agus gearrthéarmach atá le déanamh ag múinteoirí agus iad ag pleanáil do mhodúil nó plean Gaeilge a scríobh do rang Idirbhliana. Tosaíodh amach ag míniú an chúlra atá ag Clár na hIdirbhliana, eolas atá riachtanach le spriocanna na hidirbhliana a leabú sa phleanáil. Roinneadh eolas maidir le áiseanna atá ar fáil ar líne agus ó fhoireann na Gaeilge san tSFGM. Cuireadh béim ar an tábhacht atá le punanna agus go háirithe ríomhphunanna agus breathnaíodh ar an tábhacht a bhaineann le difreáil sa rang Gaeilge agus míníodh an tábhacht atá leis an bhfoghlaim thraschuraclaim 

An Ghaeilge san Idirbhliain from PDST Technology in Education on Vimeo.


Transition Year 2021/2022




Guidelines for Returning to School - Transition Year - 2020/21

The Department of Education have published guidelines regarding planning for Transition Year 2020-2021. You'll find the document here. If you have any questions in relation to planning for Transition Year, please contact us at








Distance Learning in Transition Year

In response to the challenging educational setting we find ourselves in as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, we have put together a dedicated page to support coordinators and teachers of Transition Year in continuing to provide a TY programme for their students. This page provides sample timetables, suggested modules of work, tips for communicating with students, tips for working effectively as a cor TY team and more. Here's the link if you want to find out more.


Register for Updates - Transition Year Co-ordinators/Teachers


Register your details with the PDST Transition Year so that we can keep you up to date with all the latest news and information please complete this Form









Competitions, Awards and Challenges



TY Coordinators Schedule




Click here to download a copy of the TY coordinators schedule spreadsheet



TY Refresher Workshop Resources 


TY Overview Presentation     TY Overview Presentation as Gaeilge

Writing the TYP Presentation   Writing the TYP Presentation as Gaeilge


TY Exploring Planning Booklet




Relevant Documentation Supporting a Transition Year Programme


TY New School - Application Form

If you are considering introducing the TY in your school, please complete the application form.



Origins of Transition Year



Start Up Guide


Writing the Programme


Transition Year Guidelines for Schools



The Transition Year Experience 


Student perceptions and school variation report by the Educational Research Centre 2019





Exploring the Students Experience



Student perceptions of Transition Year. 2014 ISSU Report (Irish Second Level Students Union).  View Report

Tackle Bullying


The Competition is now live on - All materials can be download from the website and posters will also be submitted on the website. Prizes include a VIP tour of Facebook for winning teams, Sports equipment, One4All vouchers for pupils and Security software licences for schools. 

Please find link to poster competition 



Tourism insight is a new initiative developed by the Irish Hospitality Institute in collaboration with the Institute of Technology Tralee with the support of Fáilte Ireland and the Irish Hotels Federation. The initiative was formally launched nationwide 29th September 2016 by the Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan.
The programme provides valuable tourism insights to transition year students and other learners, informing them of career options within the tourism industry.
Tourism is everybody’s business and every interaction with a tourist is an opportunity to make them feel welcome and we want everyone to understand the value of tourism and of every tourist.



Cycle Against Suicide

Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE's The Secret Millionaire programme.  The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.  


The Cycle Against Suicide community is determined to let people in every corner of the island of Ireland know that; it's OK not to feel OK and it's absoluetly OK to ask for help.  Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland.


Iveagh Scholars Programme

The Iveagh Scholars programme is a way for secondary-studens to share their views on Ireland's role in the world, and to get involved in the discussion about how the Deparment of Foreign Affairs and Trade promotes abroad the values, interests and economic well-being of Ireland and its people.  


For further information, please click on the website 


121 digital Programme

The 121digital programme facilitates approx 500 TY students annually to experience the power of enabling local adults with digital skills. This, in turn, empowers the TY students who volunteer for the programme. It is their first experience of teaching and it matures them on several levels.


The Hope Foundation      Web Link

What the Hope Foundation can offer schools:


  • Free school talks to students of looking at topics such as child labour, trafficking, gender inequality and the work of HOPE.
  • Travel to Calcutta with The Hope Foundation on our Immersion Programme
  • HOPE Mini Company project with Butlers Chocolates
  • Young Social Innovators Partnership
  • Opportunity to take part in HOPE’s National Campaign in October
  • Event support and local fundraising
  • C.S.P.E Development Education programme