This document records the outcomes of our last improvement plan, the findings of this self-evaluation, and our current improvement plan, including targets and the actions we will implement to meet the targets.
1.1 Outcomes of our last improvement plan from August 2016 to May 2017
- Subject areas identified key words in their subject. These were embedded further through the google drive platform to which all members of staff have access.
- The literacy rich strategy was further enhanced by the “Drop Everything and Read” (DEAR), introduction of a “Read Wall”, Book Club and the “Drop box” initiatives.
- “Problem Solving Club” has been established.
- Awareness and Celebration of Maths Week throughout the school (14/10/2016 - 22/10/2016).
- The Numeracy Rich Environment was further enhanced through the identification of patterns in subject areas.
- Students are regularly receiving their tests back in fraction form.
Assessment for Learning:
- Common approach to AFL strategies were introduced by embedding the use of exit passes into classes.
- Open Questions were promoted on a whole school basis.
- School Improvement Plans (SIPs) are on the school website.
- Information on Literacy, Numeracy and Assessment for Learning (AFL) is available on the school website. This information was presented at the Parent Council AGM (September 2016).
1.2 The focus of this evaluation
Self-evaluation of teaching and learning took place during the period January 2016 to May 2017. The following aspect(s) of teaching and learning strategies were evaluated:
- Literacy: The word bank by the English Department.
- Numeracy: The number of students receiving tests back in fraction form and the uptake in attendance to Problem Solving Club.
- AfL: exit passes and open questions.
2.1 This is effective / very effective practice in our school
List the main strengths of the school in teaching and learning.
- Literacy: very effective
- Numeracy: very effective
- AfL: effective
2.2. This is how we know
List the evidence sources. Refer to students’ dispositions, attainment, knowledge and skills.
- Literacy: DEAR took place in January and May 2017.
- Numeracy: 98% of students are receiving their tests back in fraction form in some or all classes and had the opportunity to calculate their own class test result to percentage.
- AFL: Survey indicated that that the use of Exit Passes increased in the 2016/2017 school year: daily use increased from 4% to 12% and weekly use increased from 18% to 25%. Teachers are using open questions much more regularly in their teaching with 100% of teachers using it daily compared to 77% at the start of this initiative.
2.3 This is what we are going to focus on to improve our practice further
Specify the aspects of teaching and learning the school has identified and prioritised for further improvement.
- Each subject teacher continues/sets up their class based word bank.
- An evaluation of same takes place during each term.
- ‘Book in the Bag’ initiative to be continued, promoted and enforced.
- ‘Read Wall’ Strategy to be developed.
- Continue to promote a literacy Rich Environment throughout the school.
- Promote and develop “Book Club”.
- Continue to monitor if students are receiving tests back in fraction form.
- Improve teacher knowledge and understanding of patterns in specific subject areas.
- Continue to promote a numeracy Rich Environment throughout the school, including the establishment of a dedicated “numeracy wall” in school social area.
- Increase the awareness among students of Problem Solving Club and aim to increase the number of students attending regularly.
- To further embed patterns - students encouraged to record test results through graphs in student journal.
- To encourage all teachers to use exit passes even more regularly in their teaching.
- To encourage, promote and embed the use of open questions.
- To encourage and promote the use of learning intentions to support students’ learning in lessons.
3. Our improvement plan
On the next page we have recorded:
- The targets for improvement we have set.
- The actions we will implement to achieve these.
- Who is responsible for implementing, monitoring and reviewing our improvement plan.
- How we will measure progress and check outcomes (criteria for success).
As we implement our improvement plan we will record:
- The progress made, and adjustments made, and when.
- Achievement of targets (original and modified), and when.
Our Improvement Plan - Timeframe of this improvement plan is from August 2017 to May 2018