'Positive climate' pervades Dualla N.S.

Principal John Manley 'fosters a school culture of teamwork'

Dualla National School promotes a “positive climate” amongst staff and pupils, according to a report published on December 22nd.

A Dept. of Education inspector carried out a Whole School Evaluation (WSE) on Dualla NS on September 17th, as required by law.

Dualla NS is a co-educational, “vertical primary school” under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. There is a staff of four mainstream teachers, a shared learning support teacher and a shared resource teacher, both of whom are based in the school. There are currently 99 pupils enrolled and overall attendance levels are described as “very good.”

The main findings of the report are: “A positive school climate pervades all aspects of school life and the school is highly regarded in the community. The pupils display positive attitudes to their learning, demonstrate very good behaviour and the overall quality of their learning is good. The teachers demonstrate a strong work ethic and the overall quality of teaching is commendable. The in-school management team successfully promotes a range of initiatives to enhance curriculum implementation. The board of management supports the school in a conscientious manner and is committed to providing a well maintained and well resourced school. The parents’ association provides valuable support to the school. Very good progress is being made in the development of school self-evaluation (SSE) which is very well led and managed by the principal.”

The key recommendations are: “Whole-school plans for English and Irish should be reviewed. Greater use should be made of collaborative group work and pair work.” Meanwhile, the Board of Management is “properly constituted, it meets frequently and the minutes of meetings are detailed and recorded clearly.”

“The principal (Mr. John Manley) very effectively fosters a school culture of teamwork and collective decision making. He supports and promotes the school’s involvement in a range of educational programmes.”

The inspector concludes: “Given the commitment and dedication of the teachers, the school’s capacity to continue to develop further is very good.” Full report at www.education.ie