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School Improvement Plan for Numeracy

School Improvement Plan for Numeracy

Summary of main strengths as identified in Autumn 2013 :

  • Callystown National School has a conscientious, dedicated, innovative staff, open to new ideas and initiatives and focussed on providing the best possible educational opportunities for its pupils.
  • Attainment levels in numeracy are above the national norms.
  • Overall numeracy scores show percentile scores above the national average (average percentile 55.2)
  • 74% of pupils have STen scores of 5 or greater
  • 12% of pupils have STen scores of 3 or less
  • Pupils display positive attitudes towards numeracy.
  • Learning support initiatives (Station teaching, Maths Recovery, and short term ability groups etc) are having positive outcomes.
  • Pupils display strong skills in number, algebra and concept understanding
  • 83% of parents report that their children like maths.
  • 75% of parents report that their children are learning maths at the appropriate level.

  Summary of main areas requiring improvement as identified in the SSE:

  • Pupils need to learn better strategies in dealing with word problems.
  • Pupils understanding of the different elements of Measure needs improvement.
  • Number Fact acquisition and use in calculations needs monitoring in senior classes
  • Developing strategies to support teachers in differentiating numeracy lessons for their pupils is an area that would improve numeracy in the school.


  • The staff has chosen solving word problems as its primary focus of improvement.
  •  In addition, it has decided that a system of monitoring pupil performance in number fact recall should be established.

Improvement Targets:

  • To increase the school’s class based solving word problem average, in the annual Sigma T test, by 3 percentile ranking places each year. Over the three year period the school average will be improved from 40.8 to the national average of 50.0.
  • To improve the overall numeracy percentile scores from a school average of 55.2 by 1 percentile rank each year over the next three years to 58.2.
  • To  create a data base of number fact scores (using the Ballard and Weston tests), so that numerical targets can be set for year two and three of this improvement plan
  • To increase the number of pupils scoring STen of 5 and greater by 1% each year over the next three years, from74%  to 77%
  • To decrease the number of pupils scoring STens of 3 or lower by 0.5% each year  over the next three years from 12% to 10.5 %

  Required Actions Language:

  • Key words and phrases for mathematical operations will be taught and displayed on charts in each class.

Class teachers from 1st  – 6th                        November 2013 Strategy:

  •  The following step by step approach will be taught

o   R         Read           the question at least twice. o      

     U         Understand      what is being asked – underline key  words. o      

     C          Choose        the correct operations and number of steps. o      

     S          Solve          the operations…. work it out. o    

     A          Answer        write the answer with the units…..  o    

     C          Check          the answer…… Did you work it out right?  

  • Posters of this step by step approach will be displayed in each class.

Class teachers from 1st – 6th                                   Nov/Dec 2013 Time:

  • ½ hour a week will be timetabled for the specific teaching of solving maths word problems.
  • Teachers have a choice to teach this time as a single lesson or to divide it into lessons of shorter periods.

     Class teachers from 1st – 6th                       On-going over three years               Resources:

  • A resource bank of word problems for each class will be established and stored on the school server.

o   Problems should be different to the topic being taught that week. o   Problems should be one, two and multistep problems. o   Problems should cover all strands of the curriculum. o   1st and 2nd classes should focus mainly on the strand of number.    

Class teachers from 1st – 6th                                          


  Ongoing Assessment:

  • The Sigma T will be administered by the S.E.T. in May of each year and word problem scores will be analysed.   SEN Team and Principal   May 2014-16
  • Two school based word problem tests to be administered for each class.
  • These two school based tests will be written and administered by the class teacher, the first in November and the second before the Easter holidays of each year.  Principal and class teachers               November & Easter 2014-16
  • The tests will be scored out of 20, one point for correct procedure and one point for correct answer.           Class Teachers     November & Easter 2014-16
  • Teachers will upload the scores of each test on Aladdin. Class Teachers 2014-16
  • Pupils will be asked to fill in a questionnaire on their attitudes and opinions to do with word problem solving. A record of their comments will be kept and assessed. A similar feedback session will be carried out after test two to assess any attitudinal changes. Class teachers November 2013

  Success Criteria: Success will be based on the achievement of our targets as set out above and as measured by our Standardised Test Results at the end of each yearly period. A further pupils’ questionnaire will be issued to assess attitudinal changes. Teachers will also be asked their opinions on the success of the initiative. Review:

  • Time will be given at each staff meeting over the next three years to discuss progress in achieving our targets.
  • An in-depth review of scores will take place at the end of each school year by the Principal and S.E.T. This review will be reported back to all teachers.

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