School Self Evaluation
As resources continue to be unmercifully slashed at all levels in Education the Government continues to seek improvements from its schools and school going population. Part of this strategy is school self evaluation report.
The school self evaluation report was presented to the Board of Management at the end of the school year. Its findings will be part of the school improvement plan which will be worked on through 2013/14 as part of the Literacy and Numeracy strategy first proposed by the government in 2010.
The Standardised tests showed significant strengths particularly in the case of the Reading test Micra Test where 29% of the target classes scored inside the top 1/5 of the marking system and only 6% appeared in the lowest bracket. A very healthy 41% scored in the above average section and 24% appeared in the normal range for the test.
Sigma T results, while healthy did not show quite as rosy a picture with 18% getting inside the top 1/5 with an equal proportion of pupils scored 18% scored in the lowest tier. Again the above average bracket showed that 40% were able to attain 6 or 7 and again 24% performed within the normal range of scoring for the te
Analysis of the tests showed very good competence in computation with a high scoring return on number facts though some problems were apparent in the area of fractions and decimals in the senior classes. The area which gives most ground for improvement is in the area of problem solving in the senior classes. While there was a high attempt rate the ratio of correct answer to attempt was low. The final problems on the test proved most difficult with the last 7 questions defeating most pupils. They are the more involved type question demanding greater mental agility than the others.
Basic Numeracy facts appeared to be well known and the high percentage of above average scores bears this out. In all classes the children can articulate Mathematical concepts using mathematical language appropriate to their age group attention being given to the oral language elements of the curriculum objectives of each class.
The responses from the Survey showed a 60% response rate. Parents indicated satisfaction for the most part with the teaching of Maths;
84% of respondents felt their child liked Maths;
64% of respondents felt their child was competent at tables;
78% of respondents felt their child were competent at the 4 operations;
86% of respondents felt their child liked Problem solving
96% of respondents felt they their child’s weaknesses and strengths in Maths;
94% of respondents felt the level of difficulty was pitched perfectly for their child
74% of respondents felt their child needed no help with homework;
82% of respondents felt they received good information with regard to their child progress in Maths
From these facts and the teacher focus groups in which teachers discuss the teaching of the Maths particularly with their colleagues a school improvement plan will be worked on throughout 2013/14.
The dedication and professionalism of the teachers in the school must be commended to you in this regard as the education sector along with all the other departments of the government are asked again in 2014 to find more cuts.
In the opinion of this writer most cuts bleed. If you continue to cut any body it is in danger of bleeding to death.
Our concern continues to be the welfare children of our school, morally spiritually physically and educationally. We continue to endeavour to enable each child to live as full a life as possible as a child as long as they are in the school