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Ofsted tell another school that “expectations are not high enough”

Education: Primary / Mon 17th Feb 2014 at 09:49am

sheeringIF THERE is one common theme that runs throughout Ofsted reports for Harlow schools it is that expectations do not seem to be high enough.

Ofsted has published a report into Sheering primary and told the school that it must improve.

The report states:

1. Teaching is not consistently good enough for the rapid progress needed for pupils to make up for past underachievement. As a result, pupils’ achievement requires improvement.

2. Teachers’ planning does not consistently pinpoint precisely how to move learning forward for all pupils. This can lead to pupils losing interest in lessons or not gaining enough from their work.

3. Work set can be too easy for the more able pupils because expectations of what they can achieve are not high enough across all classes.

4. Pupils make slower progress in writing than in reading or mathematics because lessons do not always grab their imaginations and opportunities are not provided to develop their skills in other subjects.

5. Teachers are not secure enough in teaching phonics (letters and the sounds they make) to move learning forward rapidly for all pupils.

6. Activities to develop wider reading skills do not always interest or motivate pupils sufficiently.

7. Leaders and governors have until recently been slow in bringing about improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement.

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