165 inspection reports published on Department's website

Department of Education and Science

23 October, 2008 - 165 inspection reports published on Department's website

A total of 165 school inspection reports were published today on the Department of Education and Science website alongside the responses received from the schools inspected. New inspection reports on the web today include

33 Whole School Evaluations (WSE) reports at primary level including 1 Curriculum Implementation evaluation, where particular focus is given to the SPHE and English and 1 evaluation where the emphasis is placed on Science and Mathematics
9 Whole School Evaluation (WSE) reports at post-primary level including 28 subject inspections and 2 programme evaluations
88 stand-alone subject inspections
5 stand-alone subject inspections
Since 6th February 2006, school inspection reports, such as WSE and Subject Inspections, are published on the Department of Education and Science's website at regular intervals throughout the school year. There are now 2275 school inspection reports on the website, representative of 1178 schools or centres for education.

Whole School Evaluation reports comment on the school's management, planning and management of resources, the effectiveness of teaching and learning, its arrangements for student assessment, supports for students, provision for minority groups and home-school links. Depending on the size of the school an inspector or team of inspectors visit the school for a period of time to evaluate management and planning, teaching and learning and supports for pupils.

Following this evaluation phase of WSE, Inspectors discuss the findings and recommendations with school management and members of teaching staff. This is followed by a period for factual verification of the report and a timescale is built into the process for the school to respond to the WSE report. At the end of this process the WSE and School Response are published simultaneously on the Department's website.

Subject Inspection reports evaluate the teaching and learning of specific subjects in second-level schools. A number of subjects can be inspected as part of a WSE or a school can have a stand alone subject inspection. The subject inspection reports published today include a total of 116 subject inspections including English, Geography, Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Physical Education, German, Guidance, Art, , German, Guidance, Gaeilge, Home Economics, SPHE, Art, Metalwork and Engineering, Science, Physics, Science and Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, Italian, Special Educational Needs, Music, Technical Drawing and Technical Graphics, Materials Technology Wood/Construction Studies, CSPE, SPHE and Religious Education.

Attached link to the school inspection reports



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