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 latest statistics for TY Students participanting in Transition Year are 40,451 in 664 schools.



Registration 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













TY Refresher Workshop 


This workshop is targeted at NEW Co-ordinators and NEW Teachers to TY.

This workshop will explore

  •  preparation for planning TY
  •  assessment and evaluation in TY
  •  the role of the Co-ordinator


Please circulate to any new Transition Year teachers in your school


Registration:  To book your place at the workshop go to

As places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment

TY Get up and Go Competition


The TY Get up and Go Competition will not be taking place this year 2018-2019.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused and we would like to thank all those who participated in the competition over that last number of years.  


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




Get up and Go Promotional Video

GET UP AND GO from PDST on Vimeo.



Relevant Documentation Supporting a Transition Year Programme


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