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Post Date: 30 October 2018

Update for Autumn 2018

Autumn Leadership Professional Learning Experience 2018: Ongoing Reporting for Effective Teaching and Learning

The Junior Cycle for Teachers leadership workshop for Autumn 2018 is called Ongoing Reporting for Effective Teaching and Learning.  It is a follow on from our highly successful Spring 2018 workshop with the same name. (Here) The Autumn Leadership workshop will continue to focus on the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment’s Reporting Guidelines (Here) published in March 2018.

The aim of this workshop is to deepen the School Leader’s understanding of effective practices in teaching, learning, assessment and reporting in The Framework for Junior Cycle 2015 and how to manage these changes on the ground in school and lead all stakeholders in the community in valuing and implementing these new approaches.

School leaders will have the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the Guiding Principles for Reporting and their impact on effective teaching and learning in the classroom. They will get the opportunity to examine how effective feedback supports student learning and the importance of student reflection in the learning process.

Teachers play a key role in the process of teaching, learning, assessment and reporting in the classroom and the guidelines advocate the importance of valuing teacher’s professional judgement. The new arrangements set out in The Framework for Junior Cycle 2015, outline that teachers will increasingly move away from a reliance on test results towards an approach which balances these results with greater consideration of how well a student is performing using a broader range of evidence.

Teachers will require support in deepening their understanding as to the rationale behind this change and then subsequently changing their practice to improve student learning.

Effective reporting needs to be sensitive to the self-esteem and general well-being of all students while providing honest and constructive feedback. The workshop will enable participants to reflect on formative and judgemental feedback in reporting practices and the impact of both on students’ self-esteem and motivation to learn.

Participants will explore the new NCCA reporting templates designed for reporting at the end of second year and begin to make decisions how they will use them in their own school context in 2019. The need to avoid ‘over assessment’ will again be a consideration for school leaders as students may be engaged in up to six Classroom-Based Assessments at the end of Second-year of 2019.

We will explore, with leaders, how they may support staff to develop the types of professional conversations required to engage fully with learning outcomes as they are the bedrock of ongoing assessment and reporting through units of learning, classroom-based assessments, the assessment task and the State Examinations Commission exams.

The Looking at our school 2016: A Quality Framework for Post Primary Schools (Here) clearly highlights effective practice in which school leaders promote a culture of improvement, collaboration, innovation and creativity in learning, teaching and assessment. This workshop will allow space for discussion with colleagues around effective ways of leading the process of teaching, learning, assessment and reporting in their schools and consider the long-term plan for its implementation.

We would encourage all School leaders to log on to www.jctregistration.ie and select one of the 45 workshops happening Nationwide from the 6th of November until the 5th of December 2018. Participants will receive a copy of the guidelines and a comprehensive poster to support subject planning in their schools.