SUMMARY OF SCHOOL SELF EVALUATION REPORT AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN: Numeracy 2013-2016
A school self-evaluation was undertaken during the period September 2013-November
2013. The evaluation built on the findings of the previous report. While the general
context of the report is the same as the previous report, the area for focus is numeracy.
Information was gathered from questionnaires to parents, focus groups with children, staff discussion and questionnaires, analysis of standardised test results.
SUMMARY OF SCHOOL SELF-EVALUATION FINDINGS (NUMERACY)
- pupils are scoring well above average in standardised tests (attainments of curriculum objectives)
- pupils have a positive attitude to numeracy and mathematics (pupils’ engagement in learning)
- the school learning environment is safe, stimulating and pupils have access to appropriate learning settings (learning environment)
- pupils are engaged in learning through collaboration, active learning and pupil participation and interest is high (pupils engagement in learning)
- pupils are engaged in monitoring their progress through self evaluation and are taught to reflect on their learning (assessment for leaning)
- teachers equip the pupils with tools and skills they need for learning
- teachers’ planning is of a high quality. Expected learner outcomes are clear and differentiated as necessary (preparation for teaching). Teachers use their long and short term plans to guide teaching and learning.
- the management of pupils is effective. There is a positive atmosphere of mutual respect in the school and discipline is rarely an issues (management of pupils)
- assessment is an important part of school’s work with teachers reporting on pupils’ attainment as per DES guidelines. A range of assessment approaches including AfL and AoL is used.
The following areas are prioritised for improvement:
- problem solving will be the focus of numeracy in all classes
- mathematical language will be reviewed and common approaches used
- parents will be informed about the school’s specific approach to maths and the methods that are taught as well as the language used
- there will be an audit of mathematical equipment
- teachers will encourage a wider use of concrete materials
- teachers will encourage the use of Mathletics by setting it for homework.