11th June 2013
1.1. The focus of the evaluation
A school self evaluation of teaching and learning was undertaken during the period January 2011 to April 2013. During the evaluation, teaching and learning in Numeracy was evaluated. This is a report on the findings of the evaluation.
1.2. School Context
Dalkey School Project NS is a co-educational primary school, from Junior Infants to 6th class. 232 pupils are currently enrolled. 12 teachers and 8 Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) work with the children. There is a strong practice of partnership between staff and parents. Parental involvement is encouraged and this positively affects children’s learning outcomes.
2. The Process
2.1. Staff met during Croke Park planning hours on Thursday 26th January 2012 to review and analyse results of Sigma-T tests carried out in October 2011 and evaluate current practice. Teachers met as two groups, Junior Infants – 2nd class, and 3rd – 6th for this review. The Primary Professional Development Service format for Evaluation of Current Practice was the basis for this review.
Teachers met again as a whole school team on Thursday 23rd February 2012, to combine and discuss this evaluation, and agree specific targets and actions for the promotion and improvement of numeracy, within a 3 year school improvement plan.
2.2. In-School Management team drafted surveys for teachers, pupils and parents/guardians in the period December 2012 – January 2013. These findings form part of our evaluation. School Self-Evaluation Guidelines issued by the Inspectorate were the basis for this stage of the process.
3. Summary of School Self-Evaluation Findings
3.1. Our school has strengths in the following areas of numeracy:
- Children view themselves as confident in maths:
- Children enjoy maths
- A variety of teaching approaches are used throughout the school
- Self assessment is encouraged in every class
- Parents/Guardians are confident in their ability to help their children with maths
3.2 The following areas are prioritised for improvement:
- Collaborative learning amongst the pupils
- Children engaging in self assessment
- Problem solving and higher order thinking skills
- Create a maths rich environment
- Regular practice of mental maths