Application are now open for the Step Up Project, which is part of the School Excellence Fund (SEF), an innovation of the Department of Education and Skills. The project enables post-primary schools to participate in innovative projects which are context-specific and aimed at improving learning outcomes for young people. The overarching aim of the SEF Step-Up Project is to support schools already at an effective level of practice to move to a highly effective level of implementation of the new Framework for Junior Cycle. Cuirtear fáilte roimh iarratais ó scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge agus scoileanna sa Ghaeltacht chomh maith. To find out more about the project and to apply click here.
The Inspectorate has organised two seminars for school leaders who are leading SSE in their schools. They will be hosted by Galway Education Centre (April 23) and Co. Wexford Education Centre (April 25). For further information and booking details, click here.
We have developed some examples of how schools might use Looking at Our School 2016, A Quality Framework for Post-Primary Schools to support their SSE process. These scenario schools move through the steps of the process and explore how the domains and standards, as well as the statements of effective and highly effective practice might be used. They are available here.
The Report of the Chief Inspector (2013 – July 2016) was published recently. It examines the findings of inspectors from their evaluation work in schools during that period. You can read about its contents and download the report here.
A new edition of SSE Update has recently been published. This issue examines how schools can connect or indeed reconnect SSE as a whole school process. It also looks at how schools can maintain the focus on literacy and numeracy in this second cycle of SSE. It’s available here.