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School Self-Evaluation

Circular 0039/2016 outlines timeframes and stages for school self-evaluation 2016-2020. It supersedes Circular 0039/2012 on the implementation of SSE which covered the period 2012-2016.

The DES has issued revised Guidelines to SSE replacing previous guidelines.

The DES has also produced an updated version of Looking at our School: A Quality Framework for Primary Schools, which replaces the 2003 guide to SSE Looking at Our School. Looking at Our School 2016 is designed to underpin both SSE and school inspections.

Members are reminded that in March 2016 the CEC issued a directive on non-cooperation with SSE. Notwithstanding the publication of Circular 39/2016 this directive remains in place.

The INTO is taking this action in order to progress a demand for the restoration of promoted posts in primary schools and to address the issue of increased workload for primary teachers.