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 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. 

The TY Picnic 2020-2021

Over the first three weeks of September the PDST TY Team hosted three webinars for coordinators and teachers of TY. It was great to get the chance to explore the implications of the TY guidance document for coordinators' practice, to discuss the challenges faced by all coordinators and to hear about the approaches being used by different schools to ensure students experience a quality TY programme.

You'll find the array of slides, presentations and summarising documents on this page:

The TY Picnic


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.


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 


New Tourism Modules and 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