Rite Start rated ‘Satisfactory’ in follow-through inspection

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Rite Start Day Care & PreSchool has made overall ‘Satisfactory’ progress in addressing recommendations from the Office of Education Standards.

In September 2019, the school on Shamrock Road had been rated ‘Weak’ by inspectors, who made 5 key recommendations.

Here are the results of the Follow-Through Inspection, conducted 12-14 Jan. 2021:

  1. Raise children’s achievement in areas of learning: SATISFACTORY
  2. Improve the quality of teaching; ensure a more appropriate balance of adult-directed activities and child-centred learning: SATISFACTORY
  3. Improve assessment practices so that teachers use assessment data more effectively: SATISFACTORY
  4. Review arrangements for admission and the available learning environment: SATISFACTORY*
  5. Build on the centre’s current self-evaluation arrangements: SATISFACTORY

According to the OES report: “Since the last inspection, the school directors, in response to the Office of Education Standards recommendations, had made several changes to improve the school’s physical environment and programme. Chief among these were the expansion and reorganisation of the physical space, improvement in self-evaluation processes and the appointment of a non-teaching Principal. In addition, collaboration among staff as well as support from external partners had resulted in a team approach to addressing key areas of curriculum planning, teaching quality and assessment.”

Rite Start has 33 students on roll, ranging in age from 3 months to 4 years.

According to the report, “As Rite Start Day Care and Preschool was judged to be providing a satisfactory quality of education, the preschool will be inspected in the next cycle of inspections which commences in 2021.”

***Editor’s Note: This story was updated on 14 Feb. to reflect revisions to the OES report, changing the grade on Recommendation 4 to ‘satisfactory’.***

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