Harlow primary school crisis deepens as Longwood Primary slumps into special measures

Politics / Fri 7th Feb 2014 at 05:06pm

THE CRISIS gripping Harlow primary schools has deepened with the news that Longwood Primary in Paringdon Road has been placed into special measures by Ofsted.

Longwood joins Latton Green and St James’s in special measures along with six other primary schools that have been ordered to improve.longwood2

The report states:

Over the last three years standards have been much lower than those of other pupils nationally.

1. Pupils’ progress has been too slow in recent years, especially in Key Stage 1.

2. Actions taken by leaders have not led to sustained improvements in teaching or in pupils’ achievement. Senior leaders do not sufficiently check the work of subject leaders to make sure they are doing their jobs effectively.

3. The quality of teaching varies too much between different year groups and across different subjects, and so pupils’ progress is inadequate and their attitudes to learning require improvement.

4. Teachers do not demonstrate a clear idea of what makes teaching good or outstanding. Too much teaching is either inadequate or requires improvement. Good practice is not shared throughout the school.

5. Teachers fail to use what they know about what pupils can do to build on previous learning. The work set for pupils is sometimes too hard for them, and on other occasions it is too easy. Teachers too often underestimate pupils’ potential.

6. Marking is not used well enough to help pupils make quicker progress. Teachers do not make sure that pupils do their corrections.

The report stresses the following strengths:

1. The new headteacher knows what needs to be done to improve the school and has secured the support of all, including governors.

2. Levels of attainment in the Early Years Foundation Stage have risen in each of the last three years.

3. Pupils are courteous and polite to each other, and generally conduct themselves well and safely around the school.

4. Stronger partnerships with parents are resulting in improved attendance rates.

The headteacher did not reply to a request for a statement by the time of publication.

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