A SUBJECT Inspection of Home Economics in Rockwell College near Cashel, has found that instruction is “clear and accurate”, and “delivered in a manner that indicated very good levels of subject knowledge.”
All schools are regularly vetted by the state in line in line with national guidelines. Rockwell College is a co-educational, fee-paying secondary boarding school. It has 516 students. The school provides an optional transition year (TY) programme
Overall, the tone of the report is positive, with the Inspector finding that the quality of teaching and learning in Home Economics is good. “Lessons were purposeful, and demonstrated relevance to both the syllabus and the
planned programme of work. They were well structured and appropriately paced.”
Students have the option of studying Home Economics to both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate levels, and while the school’s student cohort is predominantly male, uptake of the subject at both levels is very healthy. “This can be credited, in part, to the taster courses offered in both first year and TY, which are supporting students in the making of more informed subject choices.”
Additionally, “formal subject department planning is supported by management, and this has facilitated the development of a subject plan.”
However, in some instances, class size is bordering on being too large. “This needs to be addressed by management.”
The quality of teaching and learning in Home Economics is good.
The key findings are: as a result of the excellent planning, organisation and management of activities in the practical food studies lesson observed, students’ achievements were significant. Home Economics demonstrates very healthy uptake levels, both in junior and senior cycle.
Home Economics is generally well timetabled. High expectations are set for home economics students.
Programmes of work have been documented for each year group.
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