School Self Evaluation

 

SCHOOL NAME       :  ST RAPHAEL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

SCHOOL ADDRESS  : KYLEMORE ROAD, BALLYFERMOT, DUBLIN10

SCHOOL ROLL NO.  : 19663G

 

 SCHOOL SELF-EVALUATION REPORT

 

EVALUATION PERIOD SEPTEMBER 2012 to JUNE 2013

 

REPORT ISSUE DATE: SEPTEMBER 2013

 

SSE report

Introduction

 

1.1 Focus of the evaluation

A school self-evaluation of teaching and learning in St Raphael’s was undertaken during the period June 2012 to June 2013. During the evaluation, teaching and learning in the following curricular area was evaluated.

Literacy: Oral language and a whole school approach to the teaching and assessment of oral language.

This is a report on the findings of the evaluation

 

1.2 School Context

 

  • This is a vertical primary school, co-educational from Junior Infants to 1st class, all girls from 2nd to 6th
  • There are currently 227 pupils on roll
  • This is a DEIS BAND 1 school
  • There are 12 mainstream, 4 resource, 1HSCL and 1 administrative principal

 

  1. The Findings
  • Examination of standarised test results in English (Micra T) show that there is a continuous improvement in test results .
  • Following questionnaires and discussion with teachers it was agreed that all teachers would teach discrete oral language lessons consistently with discrete oral language being allocated a specific slot in class timetable.
  • Following the analysis of or Micra T papers, we found that Cloze Procedure identified that the main area of support needed was in children’s language and vocabulary development.
  • From the parental questionnaires that were administered parents reported  a positive attitude towards the teaching of literacy in the school
  • Parents also reported that they got good information from the school on how well their children were doing in English.
  • From questionnaires administered to the children, they reported a positive attitude towards literacy in the school.
  • Children reported that they enjoyed reading aloud and were happy to talk in front of the class.

 

  1. Progress made on previously identified targets in the current SIP
  • N/A for year 1 as current S.I.P being formed.

 

  1. Summary of school self-evaluation findings

 

4.1 Our school has strengths in the following area:

 

  • Parents are happy with the teaching of English in the school.
  • Children enjoy reading.
  • There are very good resource programmes within the school to help develop the standard of literacy eg. First Steps (reading, writing and oral language), agreed phonics plan, Reading Recovery, Team and Parallel teaching, graded readers for classes from Junior Infants to 6th class, Read at Home series, Write a Book project (DWEC).
  • There is very good collaboration between class teachers and resource teachers
  • The school is well equipped with reading resources, comprehension boxes and ICT resources.
  • We have Home school liaison teachers who promote literacy through various initiatives such as “Literacy for Fun” and  “One Book One Ballyfermot”
  • Agreed oral language plan with agreed testing in October and May.

 

 

4.2  The following areas are prioritised for improvement

  • Development and implementation of a whole school oral language plan
  • Mapping of all children on the continuum for First Steps oral language
  • Agreed oral language plan with agreed testing in October and May.
  • Concentrate on and consolidate the First Steps Oral language programme.
  • Increase parental involvement through HSCL initiatives.
  • Encouraging children to read aloud clearly, fluently and confidently
  • Expanding children’s vocabulary
  • Providing children with opportunities to communicate ideas and experiences with confidence

 

 

4.3 The following Legislative and regulatory requirements needed to be addressed