School Self Evaluation

All schools are presently involved in school self evaluation ,a process in which schools look at their performance in the areas of literacy and numeracy and broaden this to include other areas as time moves on.Here are summaries of our Report and Improvement plans for the year 2015-2016


 Scoil Naomh Peadar s Pól


School Self-Evaluation Report-Gaeilge

Evaluation period:September 2015-June 2016

Report issue date: June 2016School Self-Evaluation Report

  1. Introduction


  • The focus of the evaluation

A school self-evaluation of teaching and learning in Scoil Naomh Peadar s Pól  was undertaken during the period September 2015  to June 2016. During the evaluation, teaching and learning in the following curriculum areas were evaluated:


This is a report on the findings of the evaluation.

School context

This is a vertical co-educational primary school

There are currently 280 pupils

There are 10 classroom teachers ,2 learning support-one shared- and one resource teacher.

We have a special class for pupils with moderate general learning disability

The school administers Sigma T  tests in Mathematics and Drumcondra English reading from 1st to 6th class.We do not presently administer the Drumcondra Irish test.

Other current literacy & numeracy initiatives being implemented by the staff of include :

Maths recovery training-teachers being trained-2011/2012

School of excellence award in Numeracy 2011 and 2012

In school Summer course completed-Mathematics matters :a school based approach to the teaching of Primary Maths-2012

Paired reading between senior and junior classes

Jolly phonics is in use in the school

  1. The findings

As a means of obtaining data about attitudes of parents children towards Gaeilge we conducted two surveys-one for parents and one for children.

The children`s survey showed the following:

Pupils’ Engagement in LearningOf the 126 responses received only 25% reported that they liked Irish with 30% not liking it and the remainder ,56%, reporting that “its o.k.”.Also only 9.5% say Irish is their favourite subject. Irish is seen as very important by 15% while 19% of students see it as not important. However 64% sometimes watch tg4 and 60% sometimes speak Irish outside school-whether this is for homework or not is not clear.

There were 53 responses to our parents` survey which could be seen as more positive than the pupils` survey.

60% of parents considered their child to be good at Irish and only 20% did not. Again 60% reported that their child likes Irish and 40% that they do not When asked about the importance of Irish most went for the middle ground- 32 % selecting 3 out of five on a scale to determine importance with 32% saying it is not at all important-1- and only 9% considering it to be very important -5..

Overall it seems that attitudes to Irish among parents and children are not entirely positive

Pupils were asked for their ideas on how the teaching of Irish could be improved. The following ideas were the most common-games,drama,fun,more talking, Attainment of Curriculum Objectives/Assessment:Up to this year standardized tests have not been administered on a regular basis .Teachers administer their own tests such as spelling tests and assessment tests in textbooks. Teachers report that while pupils master the work in  textbooks with little real difficulty ,the standard of spoken Irish in particular is variable.


  1. Progress made on previously-identified improvement targets

Not applicable

  1. Summary of school self-evaluation findings

 4.1 Our school has strengths in the following areas: Overall pupils cope well with the Irish curriculum.Teachers enjoy teaching Irish and pupils are on the whole enthusiastic.Parents generally support the teaching of Irish and consider their children to be good at it.4.2 The following areas are prioritised for improvement: An Gaelilge mar teanga labhartaNíos mó béim le cur ar pháistí a bheith ag labhairt Gaeilge go neamhspleáchWe will introduce standardized testing using the Drumcondra Irish test


Scoil Naomh Peadar`s Pól

 Our School Improvement Plan for Gaeilge




Summary of main strengths as identified in SSE on Sept  2015:


Children are enthusiastic learners especially in the junior classes

Déanann gach múinteoir plean maith ag úsáid an Curaclam agus an plean Scoile Gaeilge. Tá comhtháthú agus leanúnachas de bharr é sin bíonn níos mó suim acu sna Ceachtanna Gaeilge. Tá na daltaí ag foghlaim Gaeilge ar a leibhéil féin. Ta a lán suim ag na múinteoirí sa Ghaeilge agus tá caighdeán ard acu inti. • Tá an Léitheoireacht go maith trid na scoile. Baineann na daltaí taitneamh as Seachtain na Gaeilge: Cluichí Gaeilge, Tráth na gCeist, Rince, Céilí





Summary of main areas requiring improvement as identified in last SSE:



Gaeilge labharta-Níos mó beim a chur ar Gaeilge Neamhfhoirmiúil





Improvement targets (related to pupils’ achievement)






Required actions (related to teaching and learning that will help to achieve the targets)




We decided that we would focus on Éisteacht and Labhairt in the coming school year 2015/2016. • Déanfaidh na múnteoirí níos mó iarracht Gaeilge a labhairt i rith an lae, sa rang agus sa chlós. • Is féidir úsáid a bhaint as…………. Paidreacha as Gaeilge Beannachtaí as Gaeilge Treoracha as Gaeilge Bain úsáid as Gaeilge in ábhair eile. Ag éisteacht le scéalanna. …….an múinteoir ag léamh (Bun go Barr, leabhar éasca) Ag éisteacht le dlúthdhioscanna (Sin é,srl) Cluichí Gaeilge Drámaí beaga sa rang Comhrá sa rang agus ar fud na scoile Daltaí ag obair i ngrúpaí beaga Amhráin Díospóireachtí (Rang 6)





Persons responsible




Teachers as outlined above



Timeframe for action



School year 2015-2016
Success criteria / measurable outcomes



Scores on standardized tests

Survey will be undertaken again in 2017

Review dates









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