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St. Marnock’s National School,

Portmarnock,

Co. Dublin

 

Roll No.: 10296G

  

School Self-Evaluation

Summary of Report

      June 2013

 

 

Introduction

 

This year, in keeping with best practice, we in St Marnock’s N.S. undertook a school self-evaluation of teaching and learning in the school. This process involves identification of what is working well in the school as well as noting areas where extra focus can benefit the quality of student learning.

 

 

The focus of the evaluation

 

The main focus of our self-evaluation this year is numeracy.  We chose this because we felt that our pupils could improve their learning outcomes in this area.  This report summarises the strengths that were identified and the areas that have been prioritised for improvement.

 

Summary of school self-evaluation findings

 

We collected information from parents, pupils and teachers in preparing this report.  We looked at how well our pupils were doing in numeracy. We also sent out parent and teacher surveys and looked at the results of tests. We found that our school has strengths in the following areas:

 

  • Pupils enjoy their learning of the curriculum area and are motivated to learn
  • The overall attainment of the pupils with regard to the Mathematics compares very favourably with national norms
  • Pupils at risk of underachieving are attaining well, in accordance with their ability, and make very good progress from their prior levels of achievement
  • Pupils competently and confidently use and apply the numeracy skills that are necessary to develop their learning in the curriculum area.
  • A laptop/PC and data projector/interactive whiteboard for teaching purposes is permanently in every classroom
  • Pupils have access to ICT during lessons to support their learning and to enable them to be active learners
  • The pupils are enabled, when appropriate, to engage actively in their learning
  • Pupils are suitably challenged in the activities organised for them in the classrooms and other learning settings in the school.
  • There is progression in pupils’ learning in the strands/strand units as they move from class level to class level
  • Pupils’ prior learning, interests and experiences are taken into account in lesson organisation and content
  • Good use is made of relevant and necessary resources (including ICT) to support pupils in their learning of Mathematics and the development of numeracy skills. The needs and abilities of all pupils are catered for through differentiation.

We have decided to prioritise the following areas for development:

  • Junior Infants – Combining, Partitioning and Numeration
  • Senior  Infants – Combining, Partitioning and Numeration
  • 1st & 2nd Class – Subtraction and Fractions
  • 3rd & 4th Class – Division and Fractions
  • 5th & 6th Class – Decimals, Fractions and Percentages

 

Going Forward

In our School Improvement Plan (copy available for viewing in office or on website we have set out our goals as well as the plans and approaches that will help us to achieve these goals  over the next three years. We will be keeping you informed of any policy and practice changes that may impact the students.