School Self Evaluation

SSE was introduced into the Irish education system in 2012 to improve teaching and learning. From 2012 -2016 there was a focus on three strands; Literacy, Numeracy and one other strand. From 2016- 2020 schools continued the next cycle of SSE whereby they will continue to focus on their first three strands and select a minimum of two and a maximum of four new strands aspects of teaching and learning.

SSE in Loreto College Cavan
In Loreto College Cavan we endeavour to practice highly effective teaching and learning. We aim to engage students to become active learners and achieve to the best of their abilities.

AttendanceStrand 1- Attendance
Strand 2- Literacy
Strand 3- Numeracy
Strand 4- Critical Thinking

Tab 1 – Green – Attendance

“School Success Starts with Attendance”

Attendance Statement
Attendance at this school is the fundamental to the rounded and holistic education which is provided in Loreto College. In particular, attendance is a very important factor in achieving academic success. A class missed is an opportunity for leaning missed. Attendance is also a significant factor in the social and personal development of the student.
We seek to promote an excellent attendance record for all students while at the same time recognising genuine illness, bereavement and other exceptional circumstances may result in a student being unable to attend school.


Tab 2- Pink – Literacy

“Literacy is the most basic currency of the currency knowledge”.

The definition of literacy from the Department of Education is “the capacity to read, understand and critically appreciate various forms of communication including spoken language, printed text, broadcast media and digital media”.

Literacy Statement
 Loreto College is a community in which reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking serve as the foundation of lifelong learning.

Actions Used to Promote Literacy in Our School 
Targeting 1st Year Students Library/ Reading Corner                                 
Regular Use of Assessment D.E.A.R
Paired Reading Oral Language Development with Debates and Presentations
Mentoring Extra-Curricular Literary Competitions
Provide Frequent Opportunities to practice reading A Literacy Week coinciding with World Book Day
Regular use of IT                                             Book Club
Word Banks                                                      Semantic Mapping
Pre-Writing Exercises                                    Dictionary and Thesaurus Use
‘Back to Basics’/ ‘Write in Right’                  Digital Tools; Padlet, iNote etc.
Keyword Notebooks/ Wall Charts                Bloom’s Taxonomy/ Prompt Questions
Graphic Organisers                                         Group Writing Tasks
Reading Initiatives                                         Test Percentages Awarded for Literacy Competence.
1st Year, 2nd Year and TY Libraries               KWL Charts
Provide Literary Experiences Relevant to Student’s Lives Marking for Literacy Codes
1st Year Spelling Bee Memes for Literacy
Reading Programmes in the English Classroom   Read / Red Wall
Thesaurus / Synonyms  

NumeracyTab 3- Blue – Numeracy

“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics” – Paul Halmos

The definition of Numeracy from the Department of Education is “Numeracy is not limited to the ability to use numbers, to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Numeracy encompasses the ability to use mathematical understanding and skills to solve problems and meet the demands of day-to-day living in complex social settings. To have this ability, a young person needs to be able to think and communicate quantitatively, to make sense of data, to have a spatial awareness, to understand patterns and sequences, and to recognise situations where mathematical reasoning can be applied to solve problems.”
In Loreto College Cavan, we want to promote a positivity to maths.

Numeracy Statement
Numeracy in Loreto College Cavan is not limited to the ability to use numbers, to add, subtract, multiply and divide. It encompasses all subjects and the ability to use mathematical understanding and skills to solve problems and meet the demands of day to day living and social settings.

                                  Actions Used to Promote Numeracy in Our School 
Identifying Patterns Timelines
Connections Working out percentages
“Show Me” Cards Geometrical keywords (shapes/ symmetry etc.)
Estimation Puzzles
Mental Arithmetic                                      Charts/ Pie Charts/ Bar Charts
Computational Clocks                                Chess / Darts
Partitioning and Deconstruction               Clock in every room
Keyword Approach Orienteering
Thematic Approach Date Parameters
“Fast-fire Maths” Rounding
DARTs in Numeracy (directed activities related to text) Average scores
Fingers Numeracy Trial and Error Approach
Using bar charts/ line plots for a recording the amount of books read in a subject/ scores obtained in tests/Number of minutes spent reading etc.  

ProblemSolvingTab 4- Yellow- Critical Thinking

Critical thinking was identified as our fourth strand to engage our students and promote active independent learning. Surveys were completed by staff, students and parents to identify effective learning strategies.

  • Critical thinking is about independent thinking. It means formulating your own opinions and drawing your own conclusions.
  • Knowledge & Understanding is not gained from memorisation. Knowledge is constructed from critically thinking.


Methodologies Used to Promote Critical Thinking

Less teacher talk time Directed Reading- Thinking Activity                                  
Effective Questioning – Explore Discuss Brainstorming
Socratic Questioning – questions designed to enhance critical thinking (please find enclosed) Research / Projects                                                              
More thinking time/ wait time Station Learning                                                                   
Open-Ended Questions / Assignments KWL
Group Work/ Peer Work/ Teamwork and Collaboration Prompts
Problem Solving Visual Aids / Video Clip Prompts
Role-plays        3-2-1 Processor (3 Recall 2 Insights, 1 Q)
Presentations Information Fluency
Success Criteria