Good literacy practices observed during inspection Mary

Good literacy practices observed
during inspection
Mary Gilbride
21 November 2014
Aims of All Evaluation (Professional
Code of Practice)
• To identify, acknowledge and affirm good practice in schools.
• To promote continuing improvement in the quality of education
offered by schools.
• To promote self-evaluation and continuous development by
schools and staff.
• To provide an assurance of quality in the educational system as a
whole, based on the collection of objective, dependable, high
quality data
Main types of inspection
• Whole School Evaluation: Management,
Leadership and Learning (WSE:MLL)
• Programme Evaluation (LCA, TY etc)
• Subject Inspection
• Incidental Inspection
• Thematic Evaluations (DEIS)
• Follow-Through Inspections
Focus on literacy development in all inspections
Focus on literacy
• Main focus of all evaluations is on teaching and learning
• Focus also on how teaching and learning support the
development of literacy and numeracy skills
• New JC English – focus also on effective strategies to
develop oracy skills
• Focus in DEIS schools on effective strategies to support
literacy development in accordance with DEIS plan
Literacy and Numeracy Strategy
and Self evaluation
Literacy and Numeracy Strategy requires all schools to
-engage in robust self evaluation and
-put in place a three-year school improvement plan including
specific targets for the promotion and improvement of literacy
and numeracy.
• Schools required to put these plans in place by the end of the
2012-13 school year
• Literacy and numeracy are much more than
“reading, writing and arithmetic”
• “Literacy is the capacity to read, understand and
critically appreciate various forms of
communication including, spoken language,
printed text, broadcast media and digital media” –
National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy p. 8
• “Through the expert provision of a wide range of
books and other materials, libraries can both
support the acquisition of literacy skills and help
foster children’s love of reading”. Literacy and
numeracy strategy p. 21
• “While libraries are an excellent resource for all
families, they can be of particular assistance for
families who find it difficult to meet the cost of
providing a range of books and educational
resources in the home”
• Includes the capacity to read, understand and
critically appreciate various forms of
communication including spoken language,
printed text, broadcast media and digital media…
• Texts may be presented in traditional written
forms, as well as through oral, digital and visual
media. In this context, texts may include, but are
not limited to novels, filmed documentaries,
leaflets, graphs, posters, charts, scientific symbols
and social networks – SSE Guidelines for Postprimary schools p. 72
Good practice in libraries and
• Foster an enjoyment of reading among children and young
– How? School actively promotes reading, Develop library membership,
plans library visits, reading lists, reading lessons, book clubs, provide
opportunity for learners to experience the joy and excitement of getting
‘lost’ in a book, ensure that the reading tastes of all students, including
boys, are catered for (non-literary texts and other texts).
• Raise awareness of the importance of oral and written language
in all its forms
– How? Poetry Aloud, Debating and public speaking, Writing competitions,
newspapers and magazines in library, Process of writing, Use of digital
media, Projects on famous writers
Good practice in libraries and
• Increase awareness of the importance of digital media
– How? Use of computers for research, writing, presentations etc
• Engage with parents – identify ways to support and encourage
parents to be actively involved in their children’s learning
– How? Paired reading, book clubs for parents etc
• Provide spaces which can be used by parents to assist their
children’s literacy and numeracy development
– How? Parents’ room, use of library etc
• Link schools and communities to support children’s learning
– How? Use of public libraries, visiting writers, workshops etc
Good practice in libraries and
• Ensure students experience a wide range of fiction, drama texts
and poetry and have a stock of suitable reading material available
• Ensure connectivity between the learner’s experiences of English
in sixth class in primary school and first year
• Whole school literacy policy available
• Literacy committee in place-representatives from the English
department, the special educational needs (SEN) department,
librarian and other subjects.
• Range of initiatives to promote reading: Word millionaire, Make a
book, paired reading, Read Wall, Drop Everything and Read, Word
a Day, Spelling Bees, Paired reading
Good practice in libraries and
• Range of literacy approaches (too many schools utilise key words as only
literacy strategy)
• Well-stocked library which is updated annually and recommended reading of
students taken into account
• Involving students in book selection process (by physically bringing them to a
book shop)
• In schools where there is no library, use of book boxes or reading room
• Making books available throughout the school in a non-traditional context
(canteen etc)
• Provision of a print rich and text rich environment.
• Display of students’ work -regarded as a form of publication, Opportunities
provided for students to publish their work, for example through the school
website or other school publications
Literacy Strategies in one school
Opinion, Reason, Evidence (ORE)- comprehension strategy
Poetry Aloud
Book cover design
Dictionary and Thesaurus
Book club
Visiting writers
Literacy Strategies in one school
Parents’ Book Club
Word of the week
Creative writing workshops
Use of JCSP statements for all
Structured library classes
Summer reading and reading lists
Subject specific terminology
Involvement of students in running library
Podcasts and use of digital media

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