SSE – Strand 2 – Literacy
The focus of our evaluation is to identify and assess areas of Literacy in need of improvement thereby developing practical, implementable and effective whole-school strategies which will enhance our students overall proficiency in areas of literacy as identified by the data.
Summary of our Main Strengths
- Our DEIS plan has focused on Literacy and therefore;
- There is awareness of Literacy amongst staff and they see themselves as having a role to play in developing literacy skills.
- Teachers wherever possible use concrete materials or link practice to real life.
- We actively encourage the involvement of parents in the advancement of their children’s literacy skill levels through programmes such as Paired Reading, delivered by trained parents.
- A dedicated staff that is willing to engage with programmes in order to enhance student literacy and professional development.
- Parents are confident in their ability to help their child with literacy issues.
- Our cohort of first year students’ literacy ability correlates positively with the STen norms.
- Strong tradition and culture of cross-curricular activities.
Summary of the areas prioritised for improvement
- The continued development of common teaching approaches to Oral Language Development, Spelling, Grammar and Comprehension and to language related to literacy across the curriculum.
- The continuous development of a literacy rich environment.
- Ensuring that first year students improve their competence in oral, reading and written literacy as identified by WRAT4, CAT4, NGRT & Survey Monkey Questionnaire.
- Embedding a culture of ‘literacy confidence’ across the stakeholders in RCS.
- Increasing the up-take of higher level English both at junior and senior cycle.
- Develop awareness around literacy life skills oral and reading literacy and the role of all stakeholders in nurturing those skills.
- The promotion of the KeyWord Journal as a focal point for developing and implementing our literacy strategy. Encourage the use of the KeyWord Journal as a tool in developing Formative Assessment for learning strategies around literacy.
Full report, analysis, findings & results is available by contacting the Principal.