Circular 0032/2021: Arrangements for Inspectorate Engagement with Primary and Special Schools, 2021/2022 School Year has been published. This circular clarifies the arrangements for SSE for the 2021/22 school year and provides information about the Inspectorate’s planned advisory, evaluation and research work in schools for the 2021/22 school year. It is available here.
SSE newsletter 15, published in December 2020, is available here. This update looks at how SSE can support schools at the current time in areas such as pupil and teacher wellbeing. It also clarifies the links between SSE and DEIS.
Circular 0040/2020: Arrangements for Inspection and School Self-Evaluation for the 2020/2021 School Year has recently been published. It sets out adjustments to arrangements for school self-evaluation and school inspection that recognise the considerable challenges faced by teachers, school principals, boards of management, pupils, parents and school communities in the 2020/21 school year. It is available here.
A new edition of SSE Update has recently been published. The first article in this issue looks at how Looking at Our School 2016 can be used both formally as part of the SSE process and in a less formal way to guide reflection in schools. The second article takes another look at Step Four of the process, and particularly examines target setting. It’s available here.
A new edition of SSE Update has recently been published. The first article in this issue looks at SSE as a way of working and it explores how SSE is a way for schools to manage priorities and use the process in both a formal and informal way to progress identified priorities. The second article looks specifically at STEM learning. Many schools are interested in providing these kinds of learning experiences for pupils, and this article makes some suggestions about using the SSE process to support this work. The final article takes a short look at the sixth step in the SSE process – Monitor actions and evaluate impact. It’s available here.