Good quality teaching and learning was observed in all lessons during a subject inspection of Business Studies at Thurles’ Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, according to a recent report.
Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed School operates under the auspices of Tipperary North Vocational Education Committee (VEC). The school has 169 mainstream students currently enrolled and Business Studies and Business are offered as optional subjects in junior and senior cycle respectively. At senior cycle all curricular programmes are offered including an optionalTransition Year (TY) programme. The school also provides a range of post leaving certificate (PLC) courses. On November 21, 2012, a Dept of Education inspector visited the school as required by law. The following are the key findings of the inspector’s report:
“Teachers are very sensitive to the needs of individual students and continually strive to provide a positive and secure learning environment for their students. Lessons are structured and purposeful with students clear about the expected learning outcomes from each class. Business teachers have timetabled access to the school’s computer room which facilitates hands-on experience for students in using information and communication technology (ICT) to support their learning in the subjects. Teachers’ homework and assessment practices are consistent with whole-school policies in these areas. Schemes of work emphasise regular revision of previously completed learning outcomes that reinforces students’ learning and improves their retention of key skills and concepts. There is scope to alter the sequencing of the schemes of work for both Business Studies and Business which are currently aligned to closely follow the relevant textbooks.”
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