Literacy Self Evaluation Summary Report


Douglas Community School
Clermont Avenue

School Roll Number 91396R

School self evaluation summary report for the school community
Evaluation period: 08/2014 to 06/2017
Report issue : 06/2014

Summary School Self-Evaluation Report

1. Introduction

Douglas Community School is an urban all boys Post-Primary school, under the patronage of the Bishop of Cork managed by a Board of Management representative of our trustees, the City of Cork VEC, Parents and Staff.

1.1       The Focus of the Evaluation

A school self evaluation of teaching and learning in Douglas Community School was undertaken during the last term of the 2012/13 academic year and then repeated during the last term of 2013/14.  Literacy in English and how the improvement of rates of reading for pleasure could support teaching and learning in a cross curricular mode were evaluated and reviewed.

This report summarises the strengths that were identified and the areas that have been prioritised for improvement.

2.         Summary of school self evaluation findings

A questionnaire based upon students reading habbits and attitudes to reading was compiled by a cohort of Junior school students.  The results were analysed using Google Drive and Google Forms focusing on students’ attitudes to literacy, reading in particular, and engagement with learning.

2.1       The self evaluation highlighted that strengths exist in a student-teacher rapport and that a large percentage of students who identified that reading for pleasure was an issue for them expressed a willingness to be led by the staff in activities that will engender reading for pleasure.

The self evaluation also highlighted that there is a willingness to embrace and share good practice amongst staff, and that excellent interdepartmental co-operation exists.

2.2       We have decided to prioritise increasing the percentage of students reading for pleasure by focusing on the development of literacy skills, in particular reading skills, in all subject areas.  We have also prioritised the continued development of the school library as a cross curricular resource.

Target for Improvement Action
To increase the percentage of surveyed students reading for pleasure by 5% per year Reading for pleasure classes to be timetabled in the Junior School.
Development of a whole school reading environment.  Text Rich School – School based methodologies and activities Inclusion of
Books I have Read “page in school Journal.
To further develop the school library as a reading resource. Purchase/Funding of Reading materials and resources.
Library class in Junior School.

As a parent you can help us by encouraging our students to read for pleasure, monitor their reading progress and develop opportunities for your sons’ to read for enjoyment.

2.4  We know we will have achieved our targets when we periodically review progress.  We will re-sample, using questionnaires, student attitudes to reading over time.