School Improvement Report
During Spring 2013 Ballinamere N.S. undertook Self- Evaluation when managerial, organisational and curricular issues were considered.In evaluating curricular areas, teacher observations, test results, parent questionnaires and pupil questionnaires were analysed.
Following staff discussions it was decided to focus on Literacy for our first 3 Year School-Improvement Plan (2013-2016).
Having considered the three strands of literacy ie. oral, reading and writing we decided to select reading as the area in which to seek improvement.
In order to achieve set targets a three year action plan was devised. Amongst several strategies to be implemented the focus was primarily to be
Year 1 (2013/14): Comprehension
Year 2 (2014/15): Vocabulary extension
Year 3 (2015/16): Phonics and Reading Fluency
We are now in Year 3 of our Literacy Improvement Plan.
Our 3 Year Numeracy Improvement Plan (2014-2017) began in 2014. Problem Solving was the area selected for improvement.The focus for each of the three years is as follows
Year 1 (2014/15) The language of maths
Year 2 (2015/16) Problem solving strategies
Year 3 (2016/17) Problems presented in variety of formats
Your support with both our Literacy and Numeracy Improvement Plans is appreciated and has enabled us to achieve our improvement targets . These results further enhance our standardised test results which are already significantly above the national average.
Following our Special Education Needs Provision Evaluation in October 2015 we have decided on this area for our third School Improvement Plan. The focus for the first two years of this plan will be as follows
Year 1 (2015/16) Classroom/School Support Checklists and Plans
Advance teaching in Learning Support Settings
Introduction of Power Hour in First Class
Year 2 (2016/17) Introduction of Transactional Strategy Instruction in Fifth Class
Introduction of Group Teaching and Assessment Programme in Junior Infants
We hope this information gives you an overview of where we are at with School Self-Improvement and we look forward to your continued support of our work.