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School Self-Evaluation Report

SSE Report 2020

Self Evaluation Report and Improvement plan

June 2020.

The 2020 school year was extraordinary and unprecedented in schools due to Covid 19. On March 12TH schools were closed with little notification. The normal patterns of movement, school and work changed dramatically for all and the very necessary protocols of isolation and cocooning became the norm.

As always however, the school community rose to the challenge and both teachers and parents quickly adapted to the use of online platforms.

Following consultation with the teachers and inspectorate, the school work was presented weekly online initially and later when it became apparent that schools would remain closed for a lengthy period, the school adopted the use of “Seesaw” as a means of providing daily two way communication with pupils and their parents.

As principal, I would like to congratulate the school staff who had to adopt new methods of work at short notice and put in long hours of preparation and work to ensure the new systems worked well. I would also like to thank the parents for their engagement with the online learning and who also had to get used to a whole new way of life.

The use of this new way of doing things allowed us all to feel connected and to support each other as well as continuing the important work of learning.

In many ways the true meaning of our school Motto “TRÉ NEART LE CHÉILE” has become apparent during this time.

We all look forward to getting back to a sense of normality in September albeit with new protocols to help keep everyone safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Evaluation Report

SSE -ST. DYMPNA’S NS, KILDALKEY

SCHOOL SELF EVALUATION 2020

SUBJECT: PRIMARY LANGUAGE CURRICULUM- READING

FOCUS: VOCABULARY

For the school year 2020 we have decided to look at Improving Vocabulary in the school. The learning objectives and resources/methodologies are to be used at each class level to improve vocabulary. Pick ones that suit you and use them weekly ,one lesson a week. This can be put in your fortnightly notes as SSE aswell. A report on our work and findings will be written at the end of the year.

Below are the Learning Outcomes for each class:

Element=Understanding

Stage 1

Junior and Senior Infants

Through appropriately playful learning experiences, children should be able to:

$1·        Acquire appropriate vocabulary to support the comprehension of text shared by the teacher or read independently.

$1·        Talk about and use new vocabulary as it arises, drawing on context and identifying words with similar meaning and words with similar sounds but different meaning.

Stage 2

First and Second class

Through appropriately engaging learning experiences, children should be able to:

$1·        Acquire appropriate vocabulary to support the independent comprehension of text.

$1·        Draw on a developing knowledge of word structure and word parts, including some prefixes and suffixes, to clarify and discuss the meaning of words.

Stage 3

Third and Fourth class

Through appropriately engaging learning experiences, children should be able to:

$1·        Acquire deep and broad vocabulary knowledge to facilitate independent comprehension of texts, to include subject-specific texts.

$1·        Draw on an increasing knowledge of word structure and word parts, including prefixes, suffixes and root words , to independently uncover the meaning of words encountered in texts. Use knowledge of synonyms , antonyms , homonyms , homographs and homophones to clarify and discuss the meaning of new and known vocabulary.

$1·        Use appropriate reference materials to independently uncover the meaning of unknown words.

Stage 4

Fifth and Sixth class

Through appropriately engaging learning experiences, children should be able to:

$1·        Acquire deep and broad vocabulary knowledge to facilitate independent comprehension of texts, to include subject-specific texts.

$1·        Draw on an increasing knowledge of word structure and word parts, including prefixes, suffixes and root words , to independently uncover the meaning of words encountered in texts. Use knowledge of synonyms , antonyms , homonyms , homographs and homophones to clarify and discuss the meaning of new and known vocabulary.

$1·        Use appropriate reference materials to independently uncover the meaning of unknown word through appropriately engaging learning experiences.

Ideas for Resources and Teaching Methodologies to support teaching vocabulary at each class level:

METHODOLOGIES:

$11.      Direct instruction

$12.      Teacher modelling

$13.      Scaffolding and coaching

$14.      Guided practice

$15.      Facilitating Independent application

$16.      Self-assessment and goal setting

RESOURCES:

·        Promoting Children’s Comprehension

·        Phonological Awareness

·        Developing Comprehension using Wordless Books

FOLLOW UP INSPECTION REPORT 2020

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School Self Evaluation Report 2019

In September 2018 Our school moved premises from the old schools in Kildalkey village to the new school on the Athboy Rd. This move involved the help and co-operation of all the school community and it proved to be a shining example of how our school Motto “TRE NEART LE CHEILE” works in practice. The Board of Management, Parents Association and entire school staff generously put their shoulder to the wheel to ensure a smooth and successful transition and celebration of the most significant development in Kildalkey in many years.

Many of our school organisational policies required updating as a result of the move and many others were introduced for the first time. Health and Safety, SPHE, Supervision, GDPR, Child Protection, Changing Room, Intimate care, Special needs Assistants, Exit/Entry procedure for pupils, Line up, Accident policy, Fire drill, Waste management, Attendance Strategy policies were introduced. Other policies remain to be updated in due course over the next few years.

Curricular policies were also upgraded or introduced as necessary. The biggest change is the New Language Curriculum. The teachers have availed of training and are using the new curriculum in English and introducing Gaeilge as required by the Department of Education. We look forward to implementing the new maths curriculum over the coming years.

The school continues to be in demand for college students who are training as teachers and the school had many student placements from colleges this year. As a pilot school for the “Droichead” probation process, our school was one of the first to adopt this new method of supporting new teachers and we continue to provide this for first time teachers.

As we face into the future, curriculum policies will need to be continually revised to meet the needs of an ever-changing world particularly in relation to how we use technology in our teaching and learning. In 2020, we hope to introduce coding to some of the classes and to set up a computer room.

In June, the spare classroom will become the “Art Room” where classes will have an opportunity to engage with artists through the medium of fabric and fibre and paints.

We continue to promote music through Seachtain Na Gaeilge, School Choir, Tin Whistle and Stage Musical and special stage performances in school. Speech and drama and dance classes are also an important part of our curriculum delivery.

Sport is a very important part of what we do in Kildalkey . Pupils are given opportunities to take part in a wide variety of sports. Great successes have been achieved this year in Hurling, Camogie, Football, soccer, basketball, orienteering and athletics. “Active schools” has been hugely successful and we were awarded our active schools flag in June 2019. The active schools initiative continues until 2022.

STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) continue to be a priority in our three year plan and we have had huge successes in Mini Scientist, Primary Science and Intel Involved Science projects to date.

School Attendance

We have had a special focus on school attendance over the past year. A School attendance strategy with Incentives and procedures has been implemented.

The report below shows the data on school attendance for our school.

Further development of the policy will take place over the next few years.

Attendance Report June

STANDARDISED TEST RESULTS

Each May the children from 1st to 6th classes do a nationally standardised test in English and Maths. Data from these results are shared with the Department of Education.

A graphical representation of our school scores compared to National scores is presented below. The results show that our school is performing at a very high standard with less pupils in the lower range and more performing in the high range in both English and Maths.

A more in-depth analysis of the results will inform future planning and teaching in our school. This information also will help us plan for supports for pupil learning.

Standardised Report

School Self Evaluation Priorities

An updated 3 year plan will be devised by staff and Board of Management and implemented

over the period 2019-2021 to include :

A special focus on the implementation of the new language curriculum in English, Irish and Maths over this period.

Further examination of attendance data will be carried out and a plan for improving attendance will be devised.

Health and safety procedures will be reviewed and updated.

The per-cent for art scheme will continue next year for all classes.

Some curriculum plans will be revised.

Self-Evaluation Report

School Self-Evaluation Report

Summary Report to School Community

Evaluation period: Sept 2014 to June 2015

Report issue date:  June 2015

Read more: Self-Evaluation Report

School Self Evaluation Report 2018

Please find attached the school self evaluation report for 2018 and the follow up WSE Report.

 

In 2016, our school engaged with a “Whole School Evaluation” .The Department of Education Inspectors had a detailed look at the work in our school under the “Management, Leadership and Learning” model of inspection. The inspectors spent time with each class and teacher and examined teachers’ notes, plans, records of work, assessment data and class teaching. They also examined pupils learning and their work. They also examined Board of Management records and minutes of meetings.

Following the preparation of the school report, the inspectors met with school staff, representatives of the Board of Management and Parents’ Association and provided a detailed evaluation of the work of the school. This is available to read online and on our school website.

As part of this model of inspection, a follow up visit was carried out by the inspector to evaluate the progress of the school in February 2018.

The follow –through report is attached.

STANDARDISED TEST RESULTS

Each May the children from 1st to 6th classes do a nationally standardised test in English and Maths. Data from these results are shared with the Department of Education.

A graphical representation of our school scores compared to National scores is presented below. The results show that our school is performing at a very high standard with less pupils in the lower range and more performing in the high range in both English and Maths.

A more in-depth analysis of the results will inform future planning and teaching in our school.

School Self Evaluation Priorities

An updated 3 year plan will be devised by staff and Board of Management and implemented

over the period 2018-2021. This will involve updating and improving many curricular and organisational plans and policies.

A new language curriculum will be progressed in English.

A new Maths curriculum will be introduced and developed through staff training and gradual implementation

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