SIP – Learning and Teaching

School Improvement Plan (Summary)  On Learning and Teaching

 

Evaluation Period: August 2016 – May 2019

Plan Issue Date: 25th May 2016

Summary School Improvement Plan

 

  1. Introduction

 

  • The focus of the evaluation

 

As part of our ongoing work in the school, we conducted a school self-evaluation of Learning and Teaching.  For more information on how the evaluation took place, please see our School Self-Evaluation Report which is available on our website www.stbrendanscsbirr.ie

 

This school improvement plan sets out the actions that we will undertake in the school over the next three years in Learning and Teaching.  The main purpose of these actions is to improve our students’ learning.

 

 

  1. Summary of school self-evaluation findings

 

2.1 Our school has strengths in the following areas:

 

Strengths
 

  • 79% of our students feel that teachers encourage them to work to the best of their ability.
  • 65% of our students feel their knowledge is checked regularly in class.
  • 70% of our students feel that the teacher tells them how they can improve.
  • 85% of our students feel that the teacher listens to questions and answers them.
  • 87% of our students feel that they get regular homework.
  • 73% of our students feel confidents asking for help if they don’t understand.
  • 87% of our students learning and teaching experience includes working with fellow students.
  • 86% of our students learning and teaching experience includes peer assessment.
  • 57.5% of our students feel they are given time to improve their work by correcting mistakes.
  • 93% of our teachers provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively.
  • 94.5% of our teachers feel they provide opportunities for students to self-assess and re-draft their work.
  • 97.3% of our teachers feel they provide written feedback on students’ work.
  • 100% of our teachers feel they acknowledge student effort as well as achievement.
  • 92% of our teachers feel their teaching approach accommodates Differentiation.

 

 

 

We know this because we consulted with teachers, students and parents/guardians using questionnaires.

 

2.2 Our school has decided to prioritise the following areas of development:

 

Areas for development
 

  1. Student engagement in lessons.
  2. Time to review material at the end of lessons.
  3. Awareness of how different forms of assessment are being implemented i.e. Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning.

 

 

 

We have decided to prioritise these areas because we wish to improve our students’ experience of Learning and Teaching.  These areas for development emerged having consulted our First Year Cohort of 2015 – 2016 through a questionnaire aimed at assessing their experience to date.

 

2.3 Our school has set the following targets for improvement which are related to pupils’ achievement and has identified the following actions which will help in achieving those targets over the next three years.

 

Targets for Improvement Action
 

  1. 57% of our First Years feel lessons are interesting/engaging.  We will increase this to 75% over the three year period of this School Improvement Plan.

 

  1. 42% of our First Years feel that they have learned something new at the end of the lesson sometimes.  We will decrease this to 10% over the three year period of this School Improvement Plan.

 

  1. 23% of our First Years feel teachers correct their written work regularly.  We will increase this to 75% over the three year period of this School Improvement Plan.

Note:  70% of our First Years feel that the teacher tells them how they can improve.

 

 

 

  1. Implementation of Instructional Leadership Skills.

 

  1. Conscious use of Bloom’s Taxonomy (laminate in every classroom).

 

  1. Lessons are well structured (introduction, development, conclusion-review).

 

  1. Department Planning sharing best practice.

 

  1. Department Plans to act as ‘living documents’ (open to change through continuous review).

 

As a parent you can help us by

  • being proactive in monitoring the homework journal on a daily basis
  • signing the homework journal regularly
  • keeping in regular contact with the class teacher if necessary
  • attending all information sessions arranged by the school
  • ensuring adequate time and facilities are provided to enable your son/daughter to complete all assignments given
  • supporting your son/daughter in aiming to achieve 100% attendance in school

 

2.4 We know we will have achieved our targets when the percentage attached to each target has improved.  We will monitor progress by repeating the Student Survey of our First Year Cohort of 2015 – 2016 in April 2017, 2018 and 2019.

 

 

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