St. Paul's Secondary School, Oughterard

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School Policies



Child Protection

St. Paul’s Secondary School takes its responsibilities in relation to child protection very seriously. The Children’s First Act 2015 placed certain statutory obligations on all schools and on all registered teachers, who are referred to as mandated persons in the Act. Mandated persons are required to report concerns of child abuse at or above a threshold of harm directly to Túsla. All sections of the Act came into effect in December 2017. All schools are required to have a Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment displayed prominently near the main entrance to the school. These documents are displayed in the reception area of St.Paul’s near the Secretary’s Desk. A copy of same can be made available to any parent on request. A copy is on the school web site also. The Board of Management ratified its Child Safeguarding Statement in February 2018. The Board of Management reviewed its Child Safeguarding Statement in August 2020.


School Self-Evaluation

School self-evaluation (SSE) is a collaborative and reflective process of internal school review, which allows schools to take ownership of their own development and improvement. The process enables schools to gather evidence in order to identify meaningful and specific targets and actions for improvement that focus on teaching and learning practices. Our three chosen areas of focus are Literacy, Numeracy and Assessment. The Community document below gives an overview of the various methodologies being introduced to achieve improvement in these areas for the 2020/2021 school year. Circular 40/2020 states that there will be no new or additional SSE requirements on schools in the 2020/21 school year.