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RATHNURE NS SCHOOL SELF EVALUATION REPORT FOR LITERACY-SUMMARY

A school self –evaluation of teaching and learning in literacy was undertaken during the period 01/05/13 to 28/06/13.

This is a summary of the report on the finding of the evaluation.

School Context
Rathnure NS is a rural DEIS co-educational school.  The school is based in a strong farming community with GAA at its heart. And there is a supportive community spirit and a feeling of goodwill towards the school.  We currently have 149 pupils on roll.  There are eight teachers including a teaching principal, full time resource teacher and learning support teacher. We also have five extra learning support hours which are covered by a shared learning support teacher and we recently acquired 3.9 extra resource hours which are covered by a part-time teacher.  The school administers Micra and Sigma standardised tests from 1st to 6th class.   The school uses the Reading Recovery and Literacy Lift Off programmes.
Findings

To evaluate ourselves in Literacy we analysed standardised test results, Drumcondra English Profiles, teacher’s reports, teacher’s evaluations, pupil questionnaires, parent questionnaires and our Whole School evaluation report.

We found that:
Our pupils are generally able to recite, recall and sequence stories orally and in written form, to confidently speak and write about a topic of personal interest, to write in a variety of genres have a good grasp of grammar and neat handwriting and that they have a good level of comprehension.

There is good team work between class teachers and good rapport between teachers & pupils-communication & co-operation, a good range of resources & facilities-aids teaching & learning and there is a high level of support for weaker pupils.

The vast majority of parents reported that the school has great facilities with great access to books to encourage reading and that the school has good learning support systems in place through Literacy Lift Off and individual withdrawal of pupils.

The majority of pupils reported that they like reading, have good books in their classroom,  that they feel they are a good reader, they use computers in school and that they find spellings easy to learn.
The majority of teachers reported that pupils enjoy reading, have a good use of adjectives & adverbs in descriptions, have a good understanding of what they have read and that there is good support from home for reading

Teachers use a range of methodologies including: active learning, play, guided activity and discovery and teacher modelling, lessons are planned to meet the needs of different learning styles and a variety of approaches are used including team teaching, in-class support and station teaching.
Improvement targets & Actions

1. We will use a school wide approach to writing genres to improve and develop skills. To achieve this we intend to use the First Steps Programme in relation to writing genres throughout the school and pupils will be given an opportunity for free-writing every day.
2. We will work towards improving pupils achievement levels on Drumcondra Oral Language profiles. Each teacher will include discrete oral language lessons in their timetable.
3. To improve the percentage of pupils scoring in the high average results of the standardised tests, we will use our teaching resources to provide Literacy Hour in every class for a term each year.  This will give small group attention to pupils and focus on comprehension and reading and spelling skills.

This School Improvement Plan will be reviewed in June 2014



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