Scoil Naomh Áine, Rathgarogue, New Ross, Co. Wexford Summary School Self-
Report issue date: July 2014
The focus of the evaluation
A school self-
The following sources of evidence were used to compile the findings of this report:
Teacher reviews of practice in Numeracy
Staff discussion on current practice using the evaluation criteria as a basis for discussion
Standardised test results from June 2013 and 2014
Pupil focus group – first to sixth class.
This is a report on the findings of the evaluation.
Scoil Naomh Áine is a large rural school in Co. Wexford under Catholic patronage. We currently have an administrative principal, 9 classroom teachers (this will be reduced to 8 from September 2014), 3 Learning Support/Resource teachers, 2 SNAs as well as 1 classroom assistant. We are a mixed school with 228 pupils on roll. Pupils generally come from middle class backgrounds and there is strong parental support for teaching and learning, a factor that is acknowledged as having a positive effect on pupil attainment levels and on pupils’ attitudes to learning.
2. The findings
Evidence was gathered on the basis of both a quantitative and qualitative nature. Evidence of pupil performance in maths, and including teacher, pupil and parents perception of Maths, is based on both standardised test results, teacher review, pupil focus group and parent questionnaire.
3. Summary of school self-
There is a positive attitude by pupils towards maths as perceived by the teachers, parents and stated by pupils. Overall children like maths -
Pupils enjoy a wide variety of areas showing we vary our maths strategies and methodologies -
All Parents(who responded to the question on the survey) identified that one/all of the following three areas was the aspect of maths their child likes best: number operations, problem solving and tables
Mental maths is working very well since the allocation of 10minutes per day at all class levels this year
Teachers use a good variety of methodologies: ICT, active learning, talk and discussion. ICT is particularly well used through the IWB, websites and Ipods
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)
3.2 The following areas are prioritised for improvement:
A number of parents didn't like maths and didn't enjoy doing it with their child. Both pupils and parents reported difficulties during homework -
Collaborative learning -
Problem solving -
Review of maths plan necessary to ensure consistency of approach
4.3 The following legislative and regulatory requirements need to be addressed:
(Specify the aspects that need to be addressed)
Policy on exemption from Irish