Concerns raised about literacy standards at a County Clare Primary School.



Department of Education Inspectors have found the quality of whole school planning at the Educate Together primary school in Ennis is poor while the curriculum planning requires immediate attention.


The findings are contained in the latest school reports published on the Department of Education’s website.

Inspectors carried out a whole school evaluation at the multi denominational Educate Together in Ennis at the start of October 2009.

Inspectors found that while the principal was highly committed  to the Educate Together ethos and concerned that all pupils have high-quality learning experiences he experienced significant difficulties in carrying out his leadership role and that the quality of whole-school planning is poor.

They go on to conclude that there is insufficient emphasis on teaching and learning as the central focus of the school and a lack of cohesion at the senior leadership level.

But the inspectors also praise teachers for their professionalism and dedication, Classrooms, corridors and special education settings were attractively decorated with pupils’ work some of which aptly reflected the broad and rich cultural diversity of the pupils.

In response the board of management said a  number of initiatives have been carried out since the inspection and that the school plan has been completely revised to comprehensively incorporate all of the issues outlined by the department.

Meanwhile, in a separate evaluation, Ennis Community College has been largely complimented following a Subject Inspection of Science and Chemistry