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Self-Evaluation Report and Improvement P


Casa Caterina School (19409P)

October 2018







In the last year, we have looked at teaching and learning in our school to find out what we are doing well. This is what we discovered:

We continue to make children feel safe, heard and listened to in school. Anonymous feedback forms over the last three years have been given to parents and pupils to complete and the results have been consistently positive.


This is what we did to find out what we were doing well, and what we could do better:

We are good at;

Teaching oral language and reading;


Creating a school community where the children feel safe, listened to and valued.

Children are good at algebra, data, number and understanding new concepts in Mathematics.

We could do the following better;

Shape and Space and Measurement in Maths;

Irish language;

Teaching and learning about Well-Being in a more formalised and structured way.


This is what we are now going to work on:

Shape and Space; we want to improve our performance in standardised tests.

Measurement; Telling the Time

Well-Being; Drafting and implementing a Well-Being Policy and Curriculum and creating a school nurture group.




This is what you can do to help:

Help children with their homework and sign their journals.

Ask your child to help if you need to measure something at home; e.g, cooking, decorating and gardening.

Have an analogue clock on display in your home and talk about the time on it regularly. Maybe give your child a watch that has both digital and analogue displays. If you are planning a holiday or a trip, or even planning out a day of activities, ask your child to help with planning. Ask them what time they think they will arrive, how many days it will be, etc.

Talk with your child about school and ask them what they learned regularly.


Here is some information about how we are carrying out our work and about what the Department of Education and Skills requires us to do.

School time and holidays

The Department requires all primary schools to have 183 school days each year.

Last year we were open for 175 school days, from 29/08/17 to 30/07/18. The school was closed for 8 days for training and because of bad weather.

The Department sets out a standardised school year and school holidays.

This year we took all our school holidays within the permitted time.

The Department sets out arrangements for parent/teacher meetings and staff meetings. This year we had scheduled parent/teacher meetings in May and regular staff meetings, all in line with the Department’s regulations.

Looking after the children in our school

The Department requires schools to follow the Child Protection Procedures it has set down. Our board of management has agreed in writing to do this.                                  YES

All teachers and SNAs know about the Procedures and we have told

all parents about them and how we follow them.                                      YES

Our Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Miss Kay Flanagan

and our Deputy DLP is           Miss Deirdre Shannon (Miss Alice Higginbotham in her absence).


Enrolment and attendance

The Department requires schools to have and publish an admissions policy, to record and report attendance accurately, and to encourage high attendance and participation.

We have an admissions policy and it is published.                                     YES

We reviewed (and updated) our admissions policy on:                                 March 2016

We keep accurate attendance records and report them as required.       YES

We encourage high attendance in the following ways:

  • Certificates for good attendance

  • Trying to make learning as interesting as possible

  • Trying to reduce the number of suspensions by focusing on positive behaviour support.

This is how you can help:

  • Show your child that you are interested in what they do at school by coming to school events.

  • Make sure your child is up and ready for the school bus every morning.

  • Speak positively about the school to your child if you can.

  • If you have a complaint or grievance with the school, talk to your child's class teacher directly.

  • Attend all scheduled meetings with the Class Teacher or Principal.

  • Make sure your child gets regular exercise and eats healthily.


Positive behaviour for a happy school

The Department requires schools to have a code of behaviour, and asks us to consult parents and children about it. We do this.                                                  YES

Our code of behaviour describes and supports positive behaviour.                     YES

We have a very clear and high-profile anti-bullying policy in our school. YES


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