Literacy

SUMMARY OF SCHOOL SELF EVALUATION REPORT & SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN: Literacy 2012-2015

October 2013

Our school has strengths in the following areas:

  • Attainment of curricular objectives: standardised test results in literacy are significantly above national norms
  • attainment of curricular objectives in relation to attitudes: a high number of children reported liking English
  • teaching approaches:  team teaching and in-class support regularly used
  • teaching approaches:  a variety of strategies used to cater for differing abilities
  • pupils’ engagement with learning:  children are happy in school, enjoy thematic approach and group work
  • good facilities which allow different teaching approaches and methodologies
  • Management of pupils: an atmosphere of mutual respect, clear classroom rules and appropriate reward systems which lead to good behaviour

The following areas are prioritised for improvement:

  • Attainment of curricular objectives: prioritise writing genres in all classes
  • Attainment of curricular objectives and teaching approaches: focus on guided reading and comprehension
  • Assessment and pupils’ engagment in learning: use of formative assessment and self-evaluation folders

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 2012-2015 (LITERACY)

Summary of Main Areas prioritised for improvement:

  • READING, COMPREHENSION AND WRITING: development of writing genres and free writing in all classes.  Focus on reading and comprehension through the introduction of guided reading and specifically teaching comprehension strategies, see:  http://www.pdst.ie/sites/default/files/Guiding%20Comprehension%20-%20Teaching%20for%20Meaning.pdf.
  • Develop a whole school approach to the teaching of comprehension strategies
  • ASSESSMENT:  Increased emphasis on Assessment for Learning through formative and self-assessment.

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