Education officials have given St Ailbe’s Home Economics teachers the thumbs up in a Subject Inspection report published recently.
The overall quality of ‘Home Ec’ teaching at the Tipperary town school “was very good, and there was clear evidence of learning.
“Teachers demonstrated their love for and in-depth knowledge of Home Economics, and made lessons relevant and meaningful. Provision for the active and varied involvement of students in lessons was strong. Good teacher-student relations contributed to the creation of a positive classroom atmosphere and a good learning environment. Whole-school provision and support for Home Economics is very good. A strong spirit of collaboration and co-operation, and high levels of commitment and energy, have had a positive impact on the quality of planning work.” Inspectors must visit all schools to carry out Subject Inspections in line with Department guidelines. This inspection took place on February 13. Some recommendations include: “Teachers are encouraged to avail of all opportunities in practical food studies lessons to teach relevant theory, and to provide such inputs in a planned and co-ordinated manner. To enhance existing, good quality assessment practices, implementation of the recommendations made in this report is advised. The Transition Year (TY) home economics programme of work ought to be reviewed.”
St. Ailbe’s is a VEC-run interdenominational, co-ed school, catering for 180 post-primary students.