Our Whole School Response to WSE recommendations
1. The adoption of an action-planning approach, to address school priorities identified through the school’s self-evaluation process, is recommended.
During the school’s self evaluation process priorities in the area of Maths, Literacy and SPHE were noted. We addressed these using an action-planning approach: setting targets and assessing progress into order to establish new goals.
2. The establishment of greater linkage between individual classroom planning, the school plan and the primary curriculum is recommended with a clearer focus on learning objectives and pupils’ skill development.
We have been conscientious about this when planning, so that in every classroom, individual teacher planning is linked to the school plan and the primary curriculum with a focus on learning objectives and the development of the pupils’ skills. We have amended the way we record our planning and monthly reports accordingly. With new teachers on the staff it is important that they are informed about this.
3. A more integrated and incremental whole-school approach to literacy development is advised.
This has been addressed in the school’s Three Year Plan for Literacy. You can read about that here. This year 2016-17 marked the beginning of the implementation of the New Language Curriculum. The staff are working on this to ensure an integrated and incremental whole-school approach.
4. Information from ongoing assessment should be used to inform higher levels of differentiation to cater for the differing needs of individuals and groups, including the high achieving pupils.
We have reviewed our policy on Exceptional Ability
Differentiation in the classroom takes the form of
(a) curriculum differentiation i.e differentiation in terms of task, outcome, pace, support, resources, grouping and information, role, homework, the use of dialogue and questioning (i.e. Bloom’s Taxonomy’s higher order questioning.
(b) enrichment (learning or activity, which is outside the core of learning)
(c) competitions e.g. Write A Book, Primary Science, Texaco Art etc.
Extension (enabling the student to move through the curriculum at a faster rate) is not considered a wise approach. We like to think of education as a journey and not a race.
We have talked to parents about opportunities for their children e.g. Irish Centre for Talented Youth @D.C.U,. Gifted Kids.ie, Coder Dojo, Code.org, Khan Academy, NRich and local sports groups.