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School Improvement Plan


ROLL NO; 18357R

School improvement plan

Evaluation period: September 2014 to June 15

Plan issue update: February 2016

Summary school improvement plan

1. Introduction

1.1 The focus of the evaluation

As part of our ongoing work in the school, we conduct an ongoing school self-evaluation of teaching and learning. We continued our evaluation of our performance in Mathematics and also took on an evaluation of how we perform in English. For more information on how the evaluation took place, please see our School Self-Evaluation Report.

This school improvement plan sets out the actions that we will undertake in the school over the next three years in St. Patrick's N.S. The purpose of these actions is to improve our pupils' learning.

2. Summary of school self-evaluation findings

2.1 Our school has strengths in Numeracy and Literacy in the following areas:

Numeracy; Overall 68% of the pupils scored above national average. (May 2015 Standardised testing).
Space and Shape strand results continue to be strong, with improvement in Number and Algebra (average class scores of 65% correct)
Implementing and recall were strong with average scores of 70%
Literacy; 74% of our pupils scored above the national average in reading. Our student average percentile rank was 75th.

This information has been gathered from analysing Standardised testing scores from May 2015, a S.C.O.T. analysis carried out by teachers and a pupil questionnaire carried out with pupils from 3rd to 6th class.

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

Areas for development
" In Numeracy; Measures and 'Reasoning' as part of overall Problem solving
" In Literacy; Oral literacy

We are continuing to prioritise Measures as the content area. While all classes have shown improvement in these areas since original testing, we have not reached our projected targets yet. (This plan is scheduled for implementation over 3 years). It also relates closely to the area of 'Connecting' as many practical applications for using concepts learned occur in questions on Measurement. We will also be focussing on the process of Reasoning.
In Literacy, as reading scores are above average, we have decided to look at oral language for our chosen area. We feel that standards in this area are fundamental to performance in written work. We will be focussing on speaking across a wider range of genres. Reporting, Debating and Procedural writing will be our chosen genres for this year. Through this we hope to improve use of descriptive language, active listening skills and more fluency through better use of varied connectives such as 'therefore', 'since', etc.

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
" To increase average class scores in Measures to above 60% (-continued)
" To increase average class scores in Connecting to above 70% and in Problem Solving generally to above 65%. (-continued)

" To ensure a wider range of speaking genre (debating, reporting and procedure) is taught in each class
" To teach the language associated with each genre as appropriate to the class groups.
" To get pupils to use displayed success criteria to self evaluate their performance /progress.
" To see improved skill in active listening through ability to ask pertinent questions, respond to arguments and follow instructions " The children will engage in more hands on practical experience of measuring in weight, capacity, length, time, area and money.
" A bank of related language will be devised and specifically taught in advance of lessons.
" Problem solving tasks will focus on Measures in particular and plenty of practice will be given connecting the learning in Operations (of multiplying, dividing etc) in estimating and calculating measures.
" Loop games based on conversion of standard units of measure (eg 0.75kg =750g) will be played on a weekly basis.
" A mixture of modelling and active participation will be the approaches used to present the oral genres.
" A bank of related language will be devised and specifically taught as part of lessons.
" success criteria to be displayed before lessons on the classroom W.I.L.F. (What I'm Looking For) board
" Ongoing assessment, including self and peer assessment will be used to establish whether learner outcomes are being achieved.

As a parent you can help us by linking Mathematics work to practical applications in the environment.
In the Junior Classes, encourage your child to guess using non standard units such as footsteps, blocks, cupfuls etc about measures they encounter and check these out.
In the Senior classes use of recipes, post office pricing for parcels based on weight, shopping prices per kg, comparing between shops, weighing school bags, luggage for flights, litres of paint needed for wall coverage, new carpet measurements, looking at packets advertising extra amount free and calculating the original weight will all provide practical experience of measures in their lives.
In Oral Literacy, you could ask you child to relate something he/ she has read in a book or watched on television. Children might discuss items from RTE'S new2day for younger listeners or items on which has current affairs topics for a slightly older age group.
Your child could explain why they hold a certain opinion about something they like/ dislike or consider unfair. He/she might give you instruction as to how they constructed a Lego creation or some other creative project.

2.4 We know we will have achieved our targets when;
" our scores in standardised testing reflect the improvements in Numeracy.
" we observe wider use of connectives and fluency when making a pupil is arguing point, reporting on a book or project or explaining a procedure.
pupil display the ability to listen to another child's opinion and discuss respectfully why they agree or disagree with it

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