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SIP Numeracy

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St. Brendan’s Community School,

Birr, Co. Offaly

91491L

School Improvement Plan (Summary)

On Numeracy

Evaluation Period: August 2015-May 2018

Plan Issue Date: 25th May 2016

Summary School Improvement Plan

1. Introduction

    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 on our school website www.stbrendanscsbirr.ie

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 students’ learning.

2. Summary of school self-evaluation findings

2.1 Our school has strengths in the following areas:

Strengths

  • Our Teaching Staff feels confident it understands the concept of Numeracy (98%).

  • Our Teaching Staff regularly encourages students to work together to answer a question (94%).

  • Our Teaching Staff feels confident with Co-operative Learning Strategies in the classroom (77%).

  • The majority of Students feel there is more than one to work out a problem on Maths (78%).

We know this because we consulted with teachers using a questionnaires.

2.2 Our school has decided to prioritise the following areas of development:

Areas for development

  1. Students’ awareness of Numeracy beyond their Maths class.

  2. Students’ confidence/ability to explain tasks using their own words.

  3. Students actively checking their own work.

  4. Students’ confidence/ability with Mental Arithmetic.

We have decided to prioritise these areas because we wish to improve our students’ confidence with Numeracy and, as a result, increase their ability/performance with Numeracy. These areas for development emerged having consulted our First Year Cohort of 2014 through a questionnaire aimed at assessing their competence with Numeracy.

2.3 Our school has set the following targets for improvement which are related to pupils’ achievement and has identified the following actions which will help in achieving those targets over the next three years.

Targets for Improvement

Action

  1. 19% of our First Years feel they only need Maths for Maths class. We will decrease this to 10% over the three year period of this School Improvement Plan.

  1. 52% of our First Years usually check their answers to make sure they don’t make a mistake. We will increase this to 70% over the three year period of this School Improvement Plan.

  1. 44% of our First Years feel confident doing calculations (e.g. adding/subtracting) in their heads. We will increase this to 60% over the three year period of this School Improvement Plan.

  1. 21% of our First Years feel they are confident explaining Maths in their own words. We will increase this to 40% over the three year period of this School Improvement Plan.

  1. 19% of our First Years feel they understand Maths when they can use their hands, draw out, use real life examples etc. We will increase this to 25% over the three year period of this School Improvement Plan.

  1. Highlight Numeracy links in our day-to-day classroom practice. Examples: punctuality/time-management, marking-schemes. Visual cues such as a Star for Numeracy at the side of the white-board suggested.

  1. Allocate class time for students to check their own work. Calculations lend themselves to ‘Estimate-Calculate-Check’.

  1. Encourage Mental Arithmetic in our day-to-day classroom practice.

  1. Maintain a Maths Dictionary i.e. ‘Word-Everyday English-Mathematical English-Maths Symbol’.

  1. Allocate class time for students to learn by using their hands, drawing out, using real-life examples and their knowledge from other subject areas.

As a parent/guardian you can help us by ensuring that sufficient time is dedicated to study and to homework and that every effort is made to complete work to as high a standard as possible.

2.4 We know we will have achieved our targets when the percentage attached to each target has improved. We will monitor progress by repeating the Student Survey of our First Year Cohort of 2014 – 2015 in April 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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