Recognition of Schools as DCU Research Partners

At a recent ceremony in Dublin City University (DCU), the DCU Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection presented 2016 Research Partner Awards to 11 post-primary schools. Each of these schools participated in a yearlong research project that was coordinated by the

DCU Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection and which focused on school self-evaluation. The research project involved the testing of a model of support for school self-evaluation in 11 post-primary schools over the 15/16 school year. The model of support involved the provision of a training programme entitled “Let’s Help You to Lead SSE in Your School” as well as a number of other supports. A participant from each school was trained to facilitate the school self-evaluation process in their own school and in this way building the capacity of both the individuals involved and the schools. Ms. Hazel Thompson completed the training programme for St. Aidan’s.

The commitment to excellence and improvement by each of the schools was commended at the recent ceremony in DCU. The project Co-Ordinator Dr. Shivaun O’Brien stated that “it is wonderful to see schools going above and beyond to form links with a university and to become active research partners. These schools are ambitious for their learners and committed to improvement and excellence”.