A subject inspection of Science and Biology in the Abbey School, Tipperary town, has found that the quality of teaching and learning was “good with some very good practice also observed.”
The Abbey School is a boys’ secondary school, which provides post-primary education to 434 students.
On October 16 last year, a Dept of Education carried out a subject inspection of Science, Biology and Agricultural Science. All schools in the state are obliged to co-operate with the inspector.
The key findings of the report are: “The quality of teaching and learning was good in the majority of lessons observed. Examples of very good practice and practice with scope for improvement were also observed.
“There was a positive learning environment with good affirmation of student effort. Where information and communication technology (ICT) was used, it was integrated well into lesson delivery.
“First-year science is allocated only three lessons weekly, which is below what is recommended in the curriculum. There was clear evidence of planning and preparation for the lessons observed.”
The main recommendations are: “To help focus the students in their learning, the teacher should share the learning objectives with them at the start of each lesson. The science team should audit the existing resources available to the sciences with the purpose of devising a strategy, in consultation with management, to improve them over time.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.