School Improvement Plan Maths - Scoil Naomh Áine NS

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Scoil Naomh Áine, Rathgarogue, New Ross, Co. Wexford   Summary School Improvement Plan (SIP)

2014 -2017

1. Introduction

1.1 The focus of the evaluation

As part of our ongoing work in the school, we conducted a school self-evaluation of teaching and learning this year. We evaluated Numeracy. For more information on how the evaluation took place, please see our School Self-Evaluation Report which is available from the school office.

This school improvement plan sets out the actions that we will undertake in the school over the next three years in Numeracy.  The main purpose of these actions is to improve our pupils’ learning.  

2. Summary of school self-evaluation findings

2.1 Our school has strengths in the following areas:
• There is a positive attitude by pupils towards maths and children like maths
• Pupils particularly enjoyed maths games, trails and environmental maths.
• All Parents(who respond to the survey) identified that the aspects of maths their child likes best are: number operations, problem solving and tables
• Mental maths is working very well
• Teachers use a good variety of methodologies
• Standardised tests show very strong results in comparison to national averages
• Pupils at all levels of ability feel included and happy in maths lessons (pupil focus group)

School Improvement Plan
Our decisions are based on evidence from:  Teachers reviews and discussion - SCOT analysis, discussion using evaluation criteria
 Teacher observations
 Pupil focus groups
 Parent surveys
 Standardised testing i.e. Sigma T standardised test results

Scoil Naomh Áine has decided to prioritise the following areas for Improvement:

Areas prioritised for improvement:

Year 1 (2014 -2015)
• Support for parents - information meeting for parents at all class levels.
• Review whole school maths plan
• Sharing learning outcomes with pupils

Year 2 (2015-2016)
• Problem solving
• Catering for the high achievers

Year 3 (2016-2017)
• Non-classroom/environmental based maths
• Collaborative learning
Targets Action plan
What needs to be done?
By the end of June 2015, children will be better supported by parents when completing homework.

• All staff to devise an agreed approach and language to the teaching of number operations
• The strategy needs to be documented and put in a format for distribution to parents
• Organise and hold parent information evenings to disseminate the information to parents
• Provide fun ideas to parents on how to do maths at home with their child
• Highlight to parents the importance of creating a positive attitude to maths at home
Children will experience greater consistency of practice by teachers in the language and teaching of maths

• As a staff review the whole school maths plan
• Document agreed changes to practice
• Update maths language/resources and the teaching of operations
• Ensure there is correlation between the maths plan and the SIP
• Consult the Parents Association
• BOM to ratify the plan
From September 2014
Learning outcomes will be shared with pupils twice weekly  to ensure more focused maths lessons.
• All teachers to use WALT in a minimum for two maths lessons per week
• Learning outcomes to be shared at the beginning of the lessons and teachers to check at the end of the lesson if the learning outcomes were achieved during the lesson
Monitoring and review All teachers will have access to the whole school Maths plan and the SSE report and SIP on dropbox. At staff meetings teachers will be regularly reminded of the decisions taken in the SIP. The maths committee to be formed in September 2014 will also assist in keeping the whole school decisions in maths to the forefront of peoples mind. As the year progresses the success criteria will be monitored to ensure successful implementation.

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