School self-evaluation (SSE) is a process that empowers a school community to affirm good practice, to identify areas that merit improvement and to decide on actions that should be taken to bring about improvements in those areas. It gives teachers and schools the opportunity to tell their own story.
SSE enriches the learning and the teaching experience for the benefit of all concerned. SSE is primarily about schools taking ownership of their own development and improvement.
As per circular 33/2021 :
In the 2021/22 school year, schools will continue with their current plans and priorities for SSE and have the flexibility to:
- Use the SSE process to help them to address the challenges that have arisen in the pandemic context. These may include for example, addressing the needs of students whose learning was particularly impacted during the pandemic, supporting the wellbeing of children and young people, and supporting mediation of particular curriculum areas/subjects AND/OR
- Complete any work remaining on the aspects of teaching and learning that they had previously selected as the focus for self-evaluation AND/OR
- Address other areas that they have identified as a priority in accordance with their school context and the needs of the children and young people in their school
In respect of that advice our school has prioritised the following areas for this school year.
- Supporting pupils who were impacted by the school closures over the last two years.
- Engaging with the ongoing advice and training for the new primary language curriculum
- Implementing actions from our School Improvement Plan for Science.
- Implmenting actions for our new behaviour policy which was piloted in the school year 2020/2021.
- Completing the Digital Strategy for our school (2022)