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School Self-Evaluation A Framework in Action. St Peter’s College. Saint Peter’s College. Dunboyne , Co. Meath Established 1994 Now 1000 pupils approx. 80+ teachers. Since September 2012 schools have been obliged to engage with this formally. SSE @ St Peter’s College.

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saint peter s college
Saint Peter’s College
  • Dunboyne,
  • Co. Meath
  • Established 1994
  • Now 1000 pupils approx.
  • 80+ teachers
sse @ st peter s college
SSE @ St Peter’s College
  • Subject department meetings, reviews of methodologies and schemes of work
  • Student Council Meetings
  • Care Team Meetings
  • A-Post Meetings
  • Evaluation and review of TY, LCA, PLC programmes
  • Assessment Reports
  • Annual Examination Results Analysis – Subject & Whole School
  • Team Teaching
  • Board of Management Meetings
sse @ st peter s college1
SSE @ St Peter’s College
  • New Teacher Induction
  • Special Educational Needs review and evaluation
  • Participation in Wellbeing Jigsaw Project
  • Feedback sessions from Support Services
  • 33 hour Planning Schedule evaluation and review
  • Parents Association Meetings
  • Prize-giving & Awards
  • Staff Meeting Workshops
  • Research Projects
  • Numeracy & Literacy Initiatives
  • Whole School Development Committee WSD
    • Chaired by Principal + 10 Staff (voluntary)
  • Management Advisory Committee MAC
    • Deputy Principal + 10 Staff + 2 students – rotating Chair
  • Student Assessment, Learning and Teaching SALT
    • Deputy Principal + 10 Staff – rotating Chair
  • Behavioural Improvement Committee BIC
    • Deputy Principal + 6 Staff
step 1 gathering evidence
Step 1 Gathering Evidence
  • Who would gather this information?
  • What information did we want?
  • How would we gather this information?


  • Questionnaires - online
  • Interviews
  • Observation
  • Analysis of pupils’ work
  • Spot checks
  • Posters, Postet walls
  • Portraiture/photo inquiry
  • Critical incident analysis
  • Suggestion boxes
  • Subject Department Reports
  • Research Projects
step 1 gathering evidence1
Step 1 Gathering Evidence
  • How we were going to evaluate this information?
  • When would we evaluate this information?
teaching and learning school self evaluation questionnaire for 1st year students may 2012
Teaching and Learning School Self-Evaluation Questionnaire for 1st Year StudentsMay 2012
  • Any other comments...
  • I like this school
  • Lighten up with the bad notes!
  • Explain first... Then let me take it down
  • I hate hate hate the Maths Book!

I love Mr Potter x

  • A petting farm would be good at lunch time
subject planning folders salt
Subject Planning Folders - SALT

Last Year

Subject Departments given planning guidelines and templates

  • Department policy on methodologies/teaching approaches
  • Subject Inspection Reports & Improvement Plans
  • FYA First Year Continual Assessment – Subject Specific Policy
attainment levels in literacy numeracy
Attainment Levels in Literacy/Numeracy
  • National Numeracy & Literacy drive
  • July 2011 Launch of Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life
    • Outlines the necessity that all subjects take responsibility for increasing literacy and numeracy
    • The introduction of standardised testing in second year
    • The requirement of all schools to analyse the primary school scores, correlate with second year scores and identify strengths/weaknesses and formulate evidence based targets to address these weaknesses
  • From September 2011 – SALT investigated various initiatives to improve L & N in St Peters
attainment levels in literacy numeracy1
Attainment Levels in Literacy/Numeracy
  • Dec 2011 SEN coordinator gave a L & N presentation to staff
  • May 2012 Presentation given to Subject Coordinators
    • Whole school, coordinated approach
    • Proposed L & N initiatives identified by SALT
  • June 2012 Feedback from departments
  • June 2012 Discussion of feedback by SALT and decision on 2012/2013 plans
  • Sept 2012 Targets agreed by all teachers
agreed whole school literacy initiatives
Agreed Whole School Literacy Initiatives
  • Common Approach to


    • First ten words misspelt in a test or homework are corrected by the teacher
    • Space is given at the end of the test/homework for students to rewrite the word and its meaning
    • Misspelt words are noted with their meaning in the vocab copy

Vocab Copy

    • Dedicated hardback copy
    • Alphabetised in tutor class to increase cross curricular links

Drop Everything And Read

  • Book in the Bag Absent teachers of first or second years will have the option of either leaving work or leaving instruction to read book in the bag
agreed whole school numeracy initiatives
Agreed Whole School Numeracy Initiatives
  • Common Test Marking Policy
    • Teachers write only the marks awarded on the test
    • Students add up the total marks for the test
    • Students make a fraction and multiply by 100 to find their percentage

Date and Time

    • Date always written on board – change the format
    • Time to be displayed in 12 hr and 24 hr format

Subject Specific

    • Outline in department folder specific subject interventions/ cross curricular links – timelines, graphs and charts etc
agreed whole school literacy initiatives1
Agreed Whole School Literacy Initiatives
  • Subject Key Words
    • Each department will identify 50 key words that all first years should know by the end of the year
    • 25 by Christmas 2012 and 25 by May 2013
    • First years will be given a short assessment on these words during the exams
subject department sse goals 2012 2013
Subject Department SSE Goals 2012-2013
  • Subject Department Improvement Plan

using themes from SSE Guidelines - September

  • Teacher’s Practice/Methodologies
  • Learner Experiences
  • Learner Outcomes/Attainment levels in literacy and numeracy

to highlight good practice

identify challenges

suggest how we might improve

choosing priorities for improvement
Choosing Priorities for Improvement

Staff groups of 4.

Each group:

one area for improvement from each section on the summary of data collected

steps 3 4 drawing conclusions writing the report
Steps 3 & 4 Drawing Conclusions & Writing The Report
  • A summary of the self-evaluation report
  • listing the strengths of theschool and
  • the priorities that the school has set for development will beneeded for communication to the wider school community.

It will enable theschool leadership and management to report to parents on the operation ofthe school as required under Section 20 of the Education Act, 1998.

(Page 15, Guidelines for Post Primary Schools)

step 5 choosing actions targets
Step 5 Choosing Actions & Targets
  • Using the evaluation criteria provided by the Guidelines
  • Choose specific actions and targets to improve priority area identified
learning to learn independent learning
Learning to Learn – Independent Learning

Learning Skills to Improve:

  • Managing Myself
  • Well Being
  • Communication
  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Working with Others
  • Summarising
  • Presenting Work to Others etc.
mac propose learning to learn
MAC proposeLearning to Learn

Enable students to:

  • ‘’Reflect on their own learning syles and approaches to learning’’
  • by
  • Engaging with project work & action reporting as part of their Continuous Assessment
  • Using Diary as Reflective Learning Tool, student comments
mac summary of whole school actions
MAC - Summary of Whole School Actions
  • May 2013 - School Improvement Plan Approved- BOM, Head of Department meet – MAC present plan
  • Sept 2013 –departments plan for ‘independent learning’ initiative and project work assessment
  • Dec 2013 – Staff Day - focus on Independent Learning Strategies, Project Work, Reporting
  • Mar 2014 - FYA 3
  • Mar 2015 - SYA 3 comparison, results improvement monitored, challenges addressed ongoing basis via SALT
  • MAC review annually, and end of 3 year cycle
  • Restart Action Research Cycle of Evaluation year 3, 2016
thank you for your attention
Thank You for your Attention
  • Any Questions?
for discussion
For Discussion.......
  • Preparation of tests
  • Quality of words and definitions
  • Student Response
  • Special Centre Students
  • Supports to assist students to learn keywords
  • SMART – definition of our target