Post Primary Forbairt

INTRODUCTION TO FORBAIRT

 

The Forbairt Programme

What is Forbairt?

Forbairt is a one-year programme that offers an opportunity for participant schools

to enrich and enhance their knowledge and understanding of the implementation

and development of school improvement.

Over the course of the academic year school based forbairt teams are supported  through a comprehensive programme of supports. Schools are assisted in investigating and identifying an area of focus with a view to putting into practise initiatives to bring about school improvement in the area of Learning and Teaching.

This project is in the form of an Action Learning Project. This Action Learning Project aligns itself closely with the framework of “Looking at our Schools 2016” and the 6-step School Self-Evaluation model and it may become part of participating schools SSE Report and School Improvement Plan (SIP).

Each schools Action Learning Project is a school-specific, focused, evidence-based school improvement initiative and is a  key component of the Programme. The professional learning opportunities provided form a framework for school leaders to plan for and to enhance learning in their school. This also provides the  stimulus for ongoing school improvement.

Each Action Learning Project is finally  presented as a Report which is published in the annual Forbairt Booklet Publication as well as each school presenting at the Annual National Forbairt showcase event.

 

Why do Forbairt “Rationale”

Forbairt uses as its methodological basis the SSE guidelines and the Looking At Our Schools 2016 (LAOS) document. The Forbairt Programme, in line with these documents supports  each school to carry out a self-tailored Action Learning Project focusing on developing Learning and Teaching in each individual school context. The Forbairt Programme aligns itself very closely with that of the SSE process requirements to contribute to the overall School Improvement Plan.

Participation in the Forbairt Programme promotes the building and sustaining of a Distributed Leadership Development environment that underpins the highest  quality in student care and wellbeing, learning and teaching and overall school improvement.

The programme also aims to promote a culture of Improvement, Collaboration, Innovation and Creativity among Teachers, Students, Parents as well as the the wider school community.

As part of the sustainable process of educational change and the delivery of best practice throughout the school, the Programme  allows for the engagement of Networking Opportunities. Schools come together over the course of the programme to share best practice, experiences and resources. This process is intended to stimulate further educational change and in-school development initiatives.

Who is it for?

Post- primary ‘Forbairt’ is a professional development programme for school Leadership Teams comprising of

  • An experienced School Principal (not on the Misneach Programme or eligible to do Misneach).

  • Deputy Principal

  • Two Teacher Leaders (open to all  teaching staff),

Forbairt is designed to strengthen the collaborative approach to school improvement at a senior management level as well as developing leadership capacity at a Teacher Leader level in line with the distributed leadership approach school development.

 

Module

What?

Who?

When?

Where?

Module 1:

Introductory Session

Regionally organised afternoon meetings for full Forbairt Teams

Full team (4)

Early September

Provincial locations

Module 2:

Residential 1

Principal and Deputy to attend a two day CPD event focusing on current trends in leadership and learning facilitated by Professor John West Burnham consultant in Leadership Development.

Principal and Deputy (2)

Mid-September

One central national location

Module 3:

Forbairt Teacher Leaders Training Day 1

One day CPD event for Teacher Leaders focusing on developing leadership capacity.

Forbairt Teacher Leaders (2)

Early Oct

One central National location

Module 4:

Action Learning Network Meeting 1

Regionally organised afternoon networking meeting for full Forbairt team designed to develop collaboration and sharing at both a school and inter-school level.

Full school team (4)

Mid-Oct

Regionally Organised venue

School Visit 1

School support visit by PDST advisor focusing on supporting the Forbairt team in relation to their Action Learning Project.

Full School Team (4)

December

School

Module 5:

Residential 2

Principal and Deputy to attend a two day CPD event focusing on developing Learning & Teaching and Collaboration.

Principal and Deputy (2)

Early Feb

One central national location

Module 6:

Forbairt Teacher Leaders Training Day 2

One day CPD event for Teacher Leaders focusing on developing Leadership Capacity, Reflection and Reporting.

Forbairt Teacher Leaders (2)

Late Feb

One central National location

Module 7:

Action Learning Network Meeting 2

Regionally organised afternoon networking meeting for full Forbairt team designed to develop collaboration and sharing at both a school and inter-school level.

Full School Team (4)

Mid-March

Regionally Organised venue

School Visit 2

School support visit by PDST advisor focusing on supporting the Forbairt team in relation to their Action Learning Project.

Full School Team (4)

April

School

Module 8:

Forbairt Celebration

Two day event to showcase the work done by schools on their chosen projects. Bringing it back to Learning and Teaching in their schools with input from Professor John West Burnham consultant in Leadership Development..

Full School Team (4)

Mid-September

One central national location

 

Please note that none of the following are eligible to apply:

  1. Principals currently on Misneach or

  2. Schools currently attending the Forbairt programme.

If numbers exceed available places further shortlisting may apply.

All schools will be contacted after shortlisting has taken place. The schools that have been successful in their applications will be contacted directly by a PDST advisor with further information.

Sample project themes and titles:

‘Assessment for Learning and Reflective Practice in the Classroom’

‘To develop a culture of peer collaborative practice among staff’

‘Investigating the use of ICT Apps to promote AfL’

‘The effectiveness of Written Formative Feedback’

‘Use of Bloom’s Taxonomy in teaching practice to increase students’ use of higher order thinking’

‘Learning through Group-work

‘Building resilience to enhance Learning’

‘A cascade model approach to increase collaboration and enhance Teaching and Learning using OneNote’

‘Implementing the Junior Cycle Key Skill ‘Being Creative’ incorporating effective questioning

 

Testimonials:

“While our engagement with Forbairt on this occasion is coming to an end, the Project is very much in its infancy, we will continue this important work next year in our school next ”.

 

“ The feedback from the initiative was very positive and next year we plan to roll out the initiatives with all 2nd and 3rd year students”

 

“Our Experience of the project is that it has been of huge benefit to the school”

 

School Requirements:

  1. Each participant school is required to fully participate in each programme module

  2. Each school must conduct a school based Action Learning Project focusing on the development of Learning and Teaching framed by the “Looking at our School  2016” Framework.

  3. Each Action Learning Project must be submitted as a Report.

  4. Each Action Learning Project will be presented at the Annual National Forbairt Showcase Event