OFMDFM Signature Project Improving Literacy and

OFMDFM Signature Project
Literacy and
Support and information session
April 2014
OFMDFM Signature Project
This session aims to :
• Update on the developments within the
Signature Project
• Highlight models of delivery
• Monitoring and Evaluation 2013 / 2014
• OFMDFM and DE Monitoring and Evaluation
• Question and Answer Session
OFMDFM Signature Project
Aims: The Programme intends to:
•Increase the number of pupils in primary schools, including
those entitled to free school meals, achieving at the expected
level or above at the end of Key Stage 2 in both English and
•Increase the number of young people in post-primary schools,
in particular those entitled to free school meals, achieving a
grade C or above in English and mathematics by the time they
leave school; and
•Provide, through positive action measures, employment
opportunities for 230 newly/recently graduated teachers.
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Structure :
Department of Education
Strategic Oversight Group
WELB (Lead Board)
Regional Adviser
Operational Team
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Current position :
292 schools across NI
202 Backfill (69%)
90 Centrally Recruited (31%)
267.2 FTE as part of the project
255.3 FTE posts filled (95.5%)
Tranche 5 in May / June 2014
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Training to date :
Centrally Recruited Teachers:
Cohort 1 – 39 Teachers 4 Days
Cohort 2 – 15 Teachers 4 Days
Cohort 3 – 15 Teachers 4 Days
Cohort 4 – 20 Teachers 3 Days
Seconded Teachers
208 teachers across 6 venues
5 Days over the year
Cohort 4:
Day 4 – 13th May 2014
Cohorts 1 – 4:
Day 5 – 9th June 2014
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Feedback from training
• Use of standardised tests to
help select the children
• Analysis of the data moved
staff to consider earlier
• Teacher judgement of
• Reporting back to the other
staff & getting feedback
• Children feel valued, more
confident, supported
• Opportunities for peer
• Schools having planned
• Flexibility of moving
children in & out of the
target group
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Feedback from Central Pool Training
• Very practical ideas for teaching. More clear
about my role in school. Trainers were
• The literacy & Numeracy workshops give
excellent practical useable advice.
• Really enjoyed the data section. Johnny from
BELB was fantastic! Was very good to go
through lines of progression and explore the
different strands.
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Feedback from Central Pool Training
• Be more confident in supporting pupils in
their literacy and numeracy with the resources
and strategies provided today, and I will be
more aware of my questioning techniques as a
method of assessment in the classroom.
• I have gained good resources for literacy &
numeracy to enhance children's learning. I am
now more confident with assessment
monitoring children's levels.
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Feedback from Seconded Training
• Very useful because it gave us a chance to talk
about what we were doing with the Signature
Project. Shared good practice. Mentioned
resources that we were using and found useful.
• Relief. We weren't sure if we were doing things
• A very helpful day which clarified the role and
informed very effectively - particularly in relation
to monitoring and evaluation.
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Feedback from Seconded Training
• Monitoring. Use diff. strategies in small groups exam
focus. Seek meeting W/SMT and HOD to have
timetable issues sorted. Go back to list of students,
review those selected and action plan.
• I was very impressed by today's course. It was
extremely useful and relevant. Both speakers were
excellent. I feel a lot better about where we are as a
college. Great to have made contacts within the Board
and other schools. Motivational and inspirational.
• Spend more time on my monitoring and evaluation.
Make plans for next year re-timetable implications.
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Case Studies
• Seconded Teacher
• Careful identification of students using data and
speaking to other relevant staff
• Clear identification of areas for development
• Permanent withdrawal and rotational support
• Parents
• Positive attitude staff & students
• Constant monitoring and adapting to needs
• Connect to relevant areas in school / ALC
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Case Study
• Observe the class / use of data / behaviour /
teacher discussions
• Cooperative learning and paired practical learning
• Mental Maths Log / Process investigations
• Relate to real life
• Involving parents
• Observation / Marking / Active strategies
• Weekly meetings with staff
• Termly monitoring
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Monitoring and Evaluation (DE)
• Details of pupils identified, assessed and
supported by the programme
• Details of the CPD provided to both the recent
graduate teacher and the experienced teacher
• Types of intervention provided to pupils.
• How the programme has supported the school
as a whole – best practice developed etc.
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Monitoring and Evaluation (DE)
• The effectiveness of the process used to identify
and assess pupils in need of extra support.
• The effectiveness of the additional support
provided in improving a pupil’s educational
• The extent to which any effects were sustained in
the mainstream classroom.
• The impact of the programme in raising standards
in numeracy and literacy in the school as a whole.
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Monitoring and Evaluation (DE)
• In relation to the OFMdFM programme and the DE
expansion programme, ETI will evaluate the post primary
schools regardless of whether the posts are funded by DE
or OFMdFM as many posts are jointly funded.
• In relation to primary schools, some comparison will be
undertaken of the effectiveness of the programme delivery
by OFMdFM and DE funded schools as they were selected
using different criteria.
• ETI will undertake to undertake a full evaluation of a
sample of schools ensuring a representative sample of
schools by sector, size and management type.
• During a standard inspection, ETI will look at the delivery of
the programme as part of the inspection process.
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Monitoring and Evaluation (OFMDFM)
• The impact of the Signature Programme on the aims
of the Delivering Social Change Programme.
• The use of OFMdFM common metrics in the
evaluation of the Signature Programmes will be
incorporated where appropriate into the evaluation.
• Anonymous questionnaire - General Self Efficacy;
Locus of Control; Well Being
• 2014 – 2015 Year 7 and Year 12
• Delivered through the use of Fronter on C2k
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Monitoring and Evaluation
Key Actions
All schools to have uploaded their
school’s action plan to the NISPLAN
All schools to have provided
monitoring information on their
project for year 1
Produce first annual report based on
information included on the NISPLAN
Produce a short report on the
implementation of the project
Produce short interim evaluation
Produce report on the implementation
of the project by WELB
Produce draft final evaluation report
Publish Evaluation Report
Post Project Evaluation
End March
An action plan for each school involved in the project.
End June
Monitoring proforma completed for each school
involved in the project.
End January
A report based on monitoring information held on
Project Manager
A short report on the implementation of the project for
year 1.
Project Manager
An Interim Report on year 1 of the project, agreed with
End January
End March
A report on the implementation of the project agreed
with DE
Project Manager
1. Draft Evaluation Report
2. Report agreed with DE and OFMdFM.
Published Evaluation Report
Post Project Evaluation completed
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Monitoring and Evaluation
• Monitoring Period 1 – extend to end of April?
• Monitoring Period 2 – May / June
• Evaluation – September 2014
• Do the primary schools want monitoring open
to them from June 2014?
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Questions and answers

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