PDST WELLREAD NATIONAL AWARD

Accreditation Process

 

The process involves the following steps:

 

  1. Whole School Awareness

  2. Register on www.wellread.ie and form a Wellread Steering Committee

  3. Review Process

  4. Plan, Implement and Monitor Whole School Initiatives

  5. Submit Portfolio for Accreditation

  6. Wellread Plaque and Certificate Awarded

  7. Maintaining the Award

 

1. Whole School Awareness

Following on from attendance at an information session, it is imperative that the whole school community is made aware of the school’s intention to register. It is envisaged that the Wellread National Award will explicitly foster and nurture a reading culture in your school. This will involve all of the stakeholders, including students, teachers, ancillary staff, parents, board of management and the wider school community.

 

2. Register and form a Wellread Steering Committee

Schools that wish to be considered for the Wellread National Award should register their interest at (www.wellread.ie). The establishment of a core group to be representative of the whole school community is an essential first step. The main purpose of this steering committee will be to drive the implementation process of the Wellread initiatives in their school. Ideally, the Steering Committee should include representatives from the student body, teaching staff, parents and the local community. Schools can register in May of every year.

 

3. Review Process

The Steering Committee should engage in a whole school collaborative process of reviewing current best practice in relation to the promotion of reading in their school (see resources from the Autumn Workshop in Resources for Schools section). This could involve identifying initiatives that the school has already implemented in promoting reading and identifying initiatives that they plan to implement going forward. (The SSE process could be a useful model to employ at this step).

 

4. Plan, Implement and Monitor Whole School Initiatives

The Steering Committee should engage in a process of action planning whole school initiatives that promote and raise awareness of reading and what they are trying to achieve in relation to reading in their school (see resources from the Autumn Workshop in Resources for Schools section). In collaboration with the whole school community, the steering committee will agree on a plan of how they will implement and monitor the whole school initiatives.

 

5. Submit Portfolio for Accreditation    

To be considered for award, schools must submit their portfolio by the end of May for award the following Autumn. (See FAQs section for more information in relation to what the portfolio should look like!)

Portfolios should only be submitted at the point in time when all the planned initiatives for a given year(s) have been put in place/completed. We realise that this is a process that will take place over a number of years but that progress documented in one year may be sufficient to go forward for accreditation. This would be evidenced in a period of sustained promotion and development of reading for pleasure across the entire school and involving the whole school community.

The accreditation team will meet in June to consider the portfolios submitted by schools. Laois Education Centre will telephone/email the school to inform them of the Accreditation Team’s decision.

Schools that are not approved on the grounds that further progress is required will receive feedback outlining the areas to be addressed.

 

6. Wellread Plaque and Certificate Awarded

Schools that are being awarded the PDST Wellread National Award will be notified by Laois Education Centre and the Wellread Plaque and Certificate will be presented to the school at a National PDST Wellread Awards Ceremony the following Autumn.

 

7. Maintaining the Award

The PDST Wellread National Award can be maintained by undertaking the portfolio process every three years. For example, if a school is awarded in 2016, they will need to undertake the portfolio process beginning in the academic year 2019/2020.