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Ofsted praise Little Parndon’s progress

Education: Primary / Tue 18th Mar 2014 at 08:08am

parnGOVERNMENT watchdog Ofsted has praised the rate of progress made at Little Parndon after the school was told that it “Required Improvement”

Ofsted came back into the school in March for a monitoring visit and made the following observations.

Immediately after the inspection, you took swift action to draw up a post-Ofsted improvement plan and tackle the weaknesses, particularly pupils’ progress in reading and mathematics. Consequently, the school is making rapid progress towards becoming a good school.

The governors and your senior team drive improvement through frequent reviews of progress made against your key priorities. The already good behaviour of pupils is further enhanced by teachers now giving pupils more opportunities to apply their learning and take responsibilities, such as through the running of the much improved library.

As we visited classes, I noted that consistent approaches are used to provide pupils with clear targets on what they need to do to improve. I saw high levels of interest in Year 6 where pupils were experimenting with yeast and in Year 5 where pupils could explain the specific features of the fruit they were drawing. In Year 3 pupils spoke with confidence when discussing their families.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, assessment is now more tightly linked to teachers’ planning. Links with local pre-school providers, including children’s centres, are currently underdeveloped. As I walked around the school, I saw pupils who were on task in all classes.

With your senior leadership team and governors you are tackling weaknesses with determination. Your priorities and actions are relevant to the needs of the school and you are taking steps to accelerate learning. There are opportunities for staff to train and develop their skills. For example, you have planned a training day next September to focus on improving pupils’ speaking skill. I suggest that this work starts now. Teachers can apply their existing expertise to develop this particular skill; the training day can then be used to review the effectiveness of their work and agree further strategies to promote outstanding practice.

You have good systems in place to monitor the quality of teaching. With the support of the two deputy headteachers, you are ensuring that monitoring is frequent and helpful to staff.

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