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Title: School Development Planning Initiative


1
School Development Planning InitiativeAn
initiative for schools by schools
  • Regional Seminar 2006
  • Transition from Primary to Post Primary

2
Transition some issues
  • Recurring event
  • Needs good planning
  • A complex stage for students
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Significant research Irish context
  • Need for a superior handshake between
    the sectors
  • Teaching and Learning shifting methodologies

3
Wow! Big school tomorrow
4
Moving Up -ESRI/NCCA 2004
5
Feelings on first day
  • Excited
  • Happy
  • Pleased
  • Nervous
  • Lost
  • Scared

0 20 40 60 80 100
Moving Up -ESRI/NCCA 2004
6
Gender Differences Social Context
  • Girls seem to be more anxious about
    transition than boys
  • ..girls tend to report more feelings of
    depression than boys over the transition
    processand girls self-esteem is more closely
    related to their perceptions of appearance.
  • ..boys tend to develop a self-consciousness in
    relation to classroom performance which has
    implications for their self-esteem

Moving Up -ESRI/NCCA 2004
7
Transition difficulties
  • Lack of curriculum continuity
  • Too many subjects
  • Changing classes
  • Top class in streamed schools
  • Fear of bullying
  • Little idea what to expect (contact informal
    information
  • Formal structures (expectations and climate)

Moving Up -ESRI/NCCA 2004
8
Transition Challenges
  • Familiar surroundings to unfamiliar (usually
    bigger) surroundings
  • Friends ltgt dilution ltgt break-up
  • Adolescence
  • Intellectual demands
  • Psychological physical stress
  • Timetable
  • More adults ltgt more teachers
  • Decisions and responsibilities
  • Time management and organizational skills
    timetable

Are there others?
9
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10
Supporting the Learner
  • SPHE
  • HSCL
  • Pastoral Care Year Head, etc
  • Learning Support
  • Guidance
  • Subject Selection
  • Policy
  • Student Council
  • Mentoring/Induction
  • Academic Monitoring
  • DEIS
  • LCA JCSP TY LCVP
  • Extra-Curricular
  • Other

11
Workshop 1
  • Consider Range of Student Supports.
  • Whats on offer in your School?
  • ( See Worksheet T 1)

12
Helping with settling in (students)
Moving Up -ESRI/NCCA 2004
13
Subject Inspection - Suggestions
  • Learning Support Dept. liaising with Primary
    Schools
  • Subject Departments Formal Links with LS Dept.
  • Structured Classes, setting objectives at outset
  • Appropriate Resources
  • Engaging Learning Environment
  • Active Methodologies
  • Awareness of Learning Styles
  • Homework used effectively
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Co-Curricular Activities
  • High Expectations
  • Mixed Ability v Streaming
  • Class Organization
  • Integrated Study Skills Programme

14
Subject Choice
  • Student preference for taster courses
  • Use of informal sources of information
  • Sometimes linked to ability grouping
  • Feeling that taking too many subjects linked
    to difficulties

What about Guidance in First Year ?
15
Curriculum continuity (students)
Moving Up -ESRI/NCCA 2004
16
Change in test scores over first year
(Moving Up -ESRI/NCCA 2004)
17
6th Class
1st Year
  • Active Methodologies?
  • Common Assessment?
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Homework Policy
  • Active Learning
  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
  • ?

Workshop 2
18
At the end of 1st year .
  • Over time, student attitudes to schools and
    teachers became less positive
  • This trend was most evident in low integration
    schools
  • Streaming was associated with low integration
  • The main method of teaching was chalk and talk
  • 1 to 1.5 hours per day on homework and study
  • Students commence 1st year with diverse reading
    and maths skills vast majority do not improve

Moving Up -ESRI/NCCA 2004
19
Some Findings
  • Important for Post-Primary teachers to understand
    the teaching and learning approaches in Primary
    school
  • Mixed-ability grouping in First Year leads to
    improved progress in literacy and numeracy and
    can give students more confidence as learners

Moving Up -ESRI/NCCA 2004
20
What can schools learn from this study?
  • Pre-entry contact between post-primary schools,
    incoming students and parents/guardians reduces
    anxiety and facilitates transition process
  • Good information flow between Primary feeder
    schools and Post-Primary in relation to student
    achievement, learning strengths and material
    covered in Primary school is very important.
    (Strategies?)

Moving Up -ESRI/NCCA 2004
21
Common settling in approaches
  • Visits to Primary School
  • Enrolment/Open day
  • Induction process
  • Class structure and organization
  • School tour/familiarization day
  • Mentor system (Buddy system)
  • Class tutor/form teacher
  • Home-School-Community-Liaison
  • Extra curricular events/clubs
  • Parent/teacher meetings
  • Teach key policies (anti bullying)

22
Effective Pastoral Care - Overview
  • Effective Anti Bullying Policy
  • Mentoring System
  • Leadership Training
  • Parental Involvement
  • Extra Co-Curricular Activities
  • High Expectations Motivation
  • Active Teaching Methodologies
  • Emphasis on TL
  • Ancillary Staff
  • Multi Faceted Approach
  • Year Head
  • Class Tutor
  • SPHE
  • HSCL
  • Learning Support
  • Chaplain
  • Student Council
  • Newsletters
  • Student Journal
  • Codes Taught!

23
Sample Action Plan for Transition
Pre-Contact Induction Curriculum (Choice/Taster) Student Support
Task(s)
Who/When
Resources
Monitoring Implementation
WS 3 See Worksheet T2
24
More Findings Experiences of 2nd Year Students
(ESRI/NCCA, May 2006)
  • Deterioration in behaviour
  • Most enjoy school especially girls
  • All students prefer an organized learning
    environment
  • Need for more Guidance
  • Need for engagement strategies
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