SSE and SIP 2019/20

School Self-Evaluation Report - Scoil Mhuire An Port Mór
(A Summary for Parents)

A school self-evaluation of teaching and learning in the area of Numeracy in Scoil Mhuire was undertaken during the period September 2019 - October 2019.

Summary of school self-evaluation findings
With regard to the teaching & learning of Mental Maths and the oral language required in this area of the curriculum, our school has strengths in the following areas:
 

  • Teacher/pupil motivation and openness to improve oral language in this area of the curriculum.
  • Access to ICT, high proficiency in ICT and access to hands on materials that facilitate oral language development in Numeracy.
  • A positive school environment where planning and collaboration are part of school culture.
  • Organised team teaching and blocks of intervention are already widely used.


With regard to the teaching & learning of Mental Maths Strategies and the vocabulary associated with this area, the following areas are prioritised for improvement:
 

  • Coordinated Whole School Plan for Mathematics
  • Discrete time for Mental Maths (timetabled)
  • Resources
  • Continual Professional Development in the area of Ready Set Go Maths (RSGM), Number Sense and Mental Maths Strategies for Addition and Subtraction



School Improvement Plan - Scoil Mhuire An Port Mór
(A Summary for Parents)

Improvement Targets (related to pupils' achievement)
1. Implementation of a structured approach to explicitly teach each of the Mental Maths Strategies for Addition and Subtraction (as outlined in PDST Manual) from 1st to 6th class.
2. That these plans be: - Specific; Measurable; Attainable; Realistic & Time-framed
and that they reflect the context from which this school operates, taking account of pupil background, learning needs and home environment.
3. That there is a structured lesson(s) timetabled for teaching these strategies 
4. That the following strategies be implemented for assessment

  • sample group consisting of three pupils from each class will be monitored throughout the year
  • That the RSGM Profiles for assessing competencies will be implemented as an assessment tool. 

6. Professional Development for teachers, facilitated by PDST, throughout the year.