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School Self Evaluation

Naas CNS

Our Self-Evaluation Report and Improvement Plan

1. Introduction

This document records the outcomes of our last improvement plan, the findings of this self-evaluation, and our current improvement plan, including targets and the actions we will implement to meet the targets.


  • Outcomes of our last improvement plan from 2014 to March 2016
  • Naas Community National School focused on Problem Solving in Maths in the first cycle of School Self Evaluation. Classes are using the RUCSAC approach to problem solving in Maths
  • The school had begun to gather data on the topic of wellbeing and mental health in SPHE. Restorative practice is included as part of our SPHE programme. A student’s council has been established and student yard mentors are working with staff on the senior yard.


1.2       The focus of this evaluation

We undertook self-evaluation of teaching and learning during the period September 2018 to February 2019. We evaluated the following aspect(s) of teaching and learning:

  • The school has decided to focus to oral language for the next cycle of SSE in response to the recommendations made in the WSE report.
  • The teaching of oral language in English and Gaeilge.

2. Findings


2.1 This is effective / very effective practice in our school

List the main strengths of the school in teaching and learning.


  • High occurrence of Linkage and Integration Questions and interviews explicitly taught.
  • Good range of oral language elements currently being taught.
  • High occurrence of explicit teaching in conversations on variety of topics.
  • Storytelling taught explicitly in most classes.
  • Playful & creative language taught informally by 70% of staff.



2.2. This is how we know

List the evidence sources. Refer to pupils’ dispositions, attainment, knowledge and skills.

  • Student questionnaires
  • Parental Survey
  • Teachers Survey
  • Assessment of tracker children across all classes.



2.3 This is what we are going to focus on to improve our practice further

Specify the aspects of teaching and learning the school has identified and prioritised for further improvement.

  • English Planning for specific Oral language lessons.
  • Building confidence to ask and answer questions in front of a whole class group with a focus on annunciation, audible voice, vocabulary expansion.
  • Whole school year specific targets using new PLC outcomes to plan and aid specific whole school plan for Oral language
  • Gaeilge Building confidence and use of more Gaeilge neamfhoirmuil.
  • Focus on using full sentences and syntax along with the vocabulary.
  • Improve the positive attitude to Gaeilge.



  1. Our improvement plan

On the next page we have recorded:

  • The targets for improvement we have set
  • The actions we will implement to achieve these
  • Who is responsible for implementing, monitoring and reviewing our improvement plan
  • How we will measure progress and check outcomes (criteria for success)

As we implement our improvement plan we will record:

  • The progress made, and adjustments made, and when
  • Achievement of targets (original and modified), and when



Our Improvement Plan

Timeframe of this improvement plan is from September 2019 to June 2020


Targets Actions Persons / groups responsible Criteria for success Progress and adjustments Targets achieved
·      All tracker children will move on one step on the progression continuum by June 2020 in asking and answering questions plc


·      All tracker children will move on one step on the progression continuum by June 2020 in playful use of language plc



·      Increase the percentage of children who said they liked Irish from 40% to 50%


·      Reduce the percentage of children who are not confident in singing songs in Irish by 5%


·         Support each other for oral language by sharing ideas, talk and discussion in Croke park time

·         Provide children with regular opportunities to make for public speaking in front of an audience whereby the skills of speaking publicly/making oral presentations are explicitly taught to the pupils

·         Discrete oral language lesson to be timetables each fortnight.

·         Deliberate teaching of Subject specific vocabulary across the school

·         Assess tracker children in September and March

·         Tips to develop oral language with children to be made available to Parents

·         Parents to support their children’s learning by practising oral presentation skills at home.

·         Use more language based activities e.g. barrier games.

·         List of Oral language activities for all class levels to be given to class teachers

All Teachers & Principal



All Teachers









All Classroom Teachers


All Teachers



All Classroom Teachers & SET









Teachers & Parents


Principal & ISM

Teacher feedback and observations.



Class teachers will record their oral language lessons in their Cuntas Míosúla






Discrete oral language on teachers’ timetables


Class Teachers to list vocabulary taught in oral language lessons in Cúntas Míosúla


Assessment Records to be kept and reviewed for tracker children


All parents receive oral language tips.




Evidence of oral language games in cúntas miosúla and in class room teaching.

September 2019 – June 2020




September 2019 – June 2020








September 2019 – June 2020



September 2019 – June 2020





September 2019 & March 2020




September 2019





September 2019 – June 2020



TOP Ten Tips for Parents/ Guardians for Developing Oral Language with your child as supplied by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)


Infants – 1st Class

  • Listen to what your child is saying/trying to say and respond to contributions 
  • Make and maintain eye contact while talking with your child
  • Explain the meaning of wordsTalk through activities
  • Talk through everyday experiences
  • Involve your child in discussions/plans
  • Ask/ Answer questions
  • Teach your child nursery rhymes/songs/poems/raps
  • Develop your child’s receptive language by asking him/her to follow simple instructions 
  • Assist your child to express ideas in an orderly fluent way
  • Read to your child each night


2nd – 4th Class

  • Set aside 10 – 15 minutes to discuss the day’s happenings
  • Encourage your child to express and justify opinions
  • Involve your child in adult conversation when appropriate
  • Talk about the child’s favourite T.V programme
  • Play language games which focus on words i.e. Scrabble, Crosswords
  • Encourage your child to talk about experiences with a wide range of people: peers, relations,other adults
  • Listen carefully and clarify meaning: “Do you mean/or is this what you mean?”Encourage your child to give reasons for decisions
  • Encourage your child to listen courteously to the opinions of others
  • Talk about school topics and assignments


5th and 6th Class

  • Encourage your child to develop a positive attitude to speaking/listening
  • Discuss your child’s school work successes/concerns/interests
  • Respect your child’s opinions and feelings
  • Involve your child in adult conversation, when appropriate
  • Help your child to extend his range of words in specialised subjects
  • Encourage your child to listen and respond courteously to others
  • Watch and discuss T.V. news/current affairs programmes together
  • Assist your child to locate information in local library, internet
  • Talk about school topics and assignments
  • Play commercial games that focus on word building