Parents have been invited to attend information sessions on proposed changes to junior cycle education at second level.

The Department of Education and the National Parents Council Primary are holding the meetings in Dublin.

Next Monday, sessions will take place at the Skylon Hotel in Drumcondra and at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown.

A meeting will be held at the Institute of Technology Tallaght on Wednesday 29 May.

In a statement, Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn said the junior cycle was being reformed to better reflect the skills and knowledge that students need.

He said this was an opportunity for parents to learn how the changes will impact on their children's education.

Children who are currently in fifth class will be the first to experience the new programme.