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.
The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has reaffirmed his commitment to encouraging innovation and excellence in our education system by announcing a third call for inclusion in School Excellence Fund-DEIS which is worth approximately €550,000. This initiative supports schools to work together to identify innovative solutions to issues which are context specific and are aimed at tackling educational disadvantage and improving learning outcomes for students.
For more information on the School Excellence Fund see here.
To make an application click here.
Interested in becoming a Primary Inspector with the Department of Education and Skills? The Public Appointments Service launched a recruitment competition for Primary Inspectors on 10 May. The closing date for applications is 30 May 2019 at 3PM. Full details available here.