St. Marnock’s School Improvement Plan (2013-2014)

Baseline data

  • The results of Standardised Tests
  • Teacher observations
  • Pupil survey


Summary of main areas requiring improvements


  • Strand: Number
  • Strand Units: Infants:   Combining, Partitioning and Numeration
  • Strand Units: 1st & 2nd Class:  Subtraction and Fractions
  • Strand Units: 3rd & 4th Class:  Division and Fractions
  • Strand Units: 5th & 6th Class:  Decimals, Fractions and Percentages


Improvement Targets

  • To increase the percentage of pupils scoring in the above average sector in Sigma T Standardised Tests by reducing the percentage of pupils who score in the average range.
  • To increase the percentage of pupils who admit to liking Maths in middle and senior classes.


Required Actions

  • Learning Support Teacher/s to assist mainstream teachers with in-class Maths group work in year 1.
  • Junior Infants: More hands-on activities
  • Senior Infants: More focus on number stories, conservation of number and partitioning
  • 1st Class: Mental Maths in every lesson – orally for 5/7 minutes
  • 2nd Class: Introducing renaming in addition and subtraction earlier in the year and revisiting regularly
  • 3rd & 4th Class: At least one lesson per week using concrete materials to reinforce the concepts of the topic
  • 5th & 6th Class: Organise ability groups within class


Success Criteria / Measurable Outcomes

  • The results of Sigma T Standardised Tests. In order to achieve a valid comparison the same cohort of pupils should be involved in the comparison.
  1. g. the results of pupils in 2nd class should be compared to the results of those pupils who also completed the Sigma T test in 1st class the previous year.
  • Teacher observation
  • Pupil responses to survey
  • Checklists in Infant classes


Persons Responsible

  • Class teachers
  • Learning Support Teachers


Timeframe for Actions

  • September 2013 to June 2016


Monitor and Review

  • Progress on achieving targets will be reviewed at the end of each year.
  • Based on the outcome of the review other strand units in Number may be prioritised for improvement