SSE Report & Improvement Plan 2019/20

School Self-Evaluation Report and Improvement Plan (2019-2020)


  1. Introduction
  • The School Self-Evaluation process in our school has been reinvigorated in 2018 by the formation of a new School Self-Evaluation Working Group.
  • A School Self-Evaluation of Teaching and Learning in St. Mel’s College was undertaken during the period of November 2018 to May 2019.
  • This Report and Improvement Plan records the findings of the S.S.E. and sets out our improvement plan for 2019/2020.


  1. Focus of Current Evaluation

By Analysing D.E.S Inspectorate Reports and Data collected from teachers and students, the working S.S.E. group decided to focus on the “Adoption of Active and Interactive Teaching Methodologies as standard classroom practice” by teachers.

Domain 3 (Junior Cert Framework) – Individual Teachers Practice


  1. School Self-Evaluation Findings

Based on the feedback from teachers, students and D.E.S. Inspectorate Reports, the following are examples of effective/very effective T/L Strategies used in the classroom.

  • 48% of staff shares Learning Intentions with students after or always at beginning of class.
  • 60% of staff regularly use group work and many classrooms are configurated to facilitate the development of group work (horseshoe arrangement)
  • Effective note taking in many classes following on from teacher explanation and whole class discussion.
  • 52% of staff regularly uses AFL strategies to progress learning, students engage in both self and peer assessment.
  • Classrooms are positive learning environments, students show high levels of interest and engagement.
  • 53% of staff uses Active Learning strategies/methodologies to achieve Learning Intentions and success criteria in Learning Outcomes.







  1. Areas Prioritised for Improvement
  • Based on the above effective/very effective T/L practices, the following are the areas of Teaching and Learning prioritised for improvement.
  • Improve practice of sharing and revisiting Learning Intentions with students.
  • Enhance teacher collaborative practice
  • Improve the number of teachers integrating AFL strategies into classroom practice
  • Improve the number of teachers using Active Student-Led Teaching strategies rather than Lecture-style approach with student note-taking.


  1. Improvement Plan
  • Target 1: Enhance Teacher Collaborative Practice

Agreed Actions:

  • Collaborative Development of subject plans so that subject plans are used to guide Teaching and Learning. (Working Document)
  • Subject plans to include details to unpack Learning Outcomes into Learning Intentions together with specific Teaching and AFL strategies appropriate for each learning outcome.
  • Digitisation of Subject Plans to afford greater opportunity for stored collaborative space in order to reflect and amend units so as to achieve best practice.
  • Establish agreed consensus on common units of learning to be implemented within each year group within a certain timeframe.


Expected Outcome:

Improved collaborative practice and standardisation within Subject Departments.


  • Target 2: Development of I.C.T. as a collaborative Tool


Agreed Actions

  • Establish an I.C.T mentoring team within the school to deliver CPD to teachers needing to upskill in I.C.T.


Expected Outcome:

  • Increase number of Teachers using Google Suite, Teacher Share etc.


  • Target 3: Support staff in area of Instructional Leadership


Agreed Actions:

  • Pilot Group of staff (Teachers of 1st Year Students)
  • Provide Teaching and Learning Resources Booklet to Teachers
  • Pilot Teaching Squares to help Teachers reflect on individual T&L strategies


Expected Outcome:

An increased number of Teachers embedding Active Student-Led strategies and AFL strategies in their practice.


  • Target 4: Sharing of Learning Intentions with students


Agreed Actions:

  • Provision of mini-white board in all classrooms to facilitate sharing of Learning Intentions


Expected Outcome:

  • An increase in number of Teachers sharing Learning Intentions


Target 4: Develop student note-making skills


Agreed Actions:

  • Target cohort group (1st Years)
  • Share success criteria with 1st year students, students have a clear idea of what good notes look like
  • 1st year students exposed to the use of graphic organisers and mind mapping.


Learner Outcome: Students become more skilled in note-making


  • In order to facilitate the implementation of the Action Plans outline in this report, members of the S.S.E team, ICT mentor group and school management will help oversee the improvement plan and monitor progress made.
  • Both Teachers and students will be re-surveyed next October (2019).