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John the Baptist C.S. has been involved in a programme of development through our involvement with the ‘Learning Schools Programme’ since 2012.  The programme aims to engage Post Primary schools in innovative projects in a wide variety of topics.  While Literacy and Numeracy was the initial focus at John the Baptist C.S., the project has also developed to include Assessment, with a specific focus on Assessment for Learning.

Active teaching methodologies are integral to life at John the Baptist C.S., with the hope that all students and teachers are fully engaged in deeper learning and teaching.

Thanks to our involvement with the project we have introduced a number of teaching and learning strategies across the three strands:

Literacy Numeracy Assessment
  • We have embedded key words
  • Love of reading
  • Spelling
  • Tier two words

Focus for 2016/17
We focused on punctuation.

  • We have embedded integers
  • Graphing
  • Fractions/decimals and percentages

Focus for 2016/17
We focused on time and timing.

  • We have embedded effective questioning using 5H & 1 H, Blooms Taxonomy and De Bono hats
  • We have focused on raising awareness of student and teacher reflection using a reflection arrow and a tweet board

Focus for 2016/17
We looked at Success Criteria


In 2017, 2018, as a school we are looking at the concept of critical vocabulary. Our SSE/LSP teams are currently researching, looking for opinions and feedback to guide our practice.

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