Ofsted warn William Martin Infants to improve

Education: Primary / Mon 10th Nov 2014 at 11:45am

By Siobhan Wood

William Martin Infant School has been told it must improve after its recent Ofsted inspection.

The school’s previous inspection had an overall judgement of ‘good’, and the grading for ‘leadership and management’ and ‘behaviour and safety’ are still at this standard.

Improvements over the past year in teaching and the pupils’ achievements were praised, particularly in the Nursery class, and it is “an improving school.”

Pupils were deemed to be well behaved and feel safe, with a good understanding of personal qualities such as kindness and respect gained from their philosophy lessons.

The use of professional consultants and staff from the junior school to develop new teachers is “exceptionally good.”

The three areas that were judged to require improvement were ‘quality of teaching’, ‘achievement of pupils’ and ‘early years provision.’

Pupils, including disabled pupils and those with complex special educational needs, have not over time had enough consistently good teaching to ensure they achieved as well as they should.

The report noted that until recently standards in reading, writing and mathematics were declining and teachers’ expectations were not high enough to challenge able pupils, and they “have too often underachieved.”

There is not always enough training or direction available for teaching assistants, including those in Reception.

The pupils’ work is marked thoroughly and teachers make very helpful comments for improvement, but they do not insist that pupils follow these up or provide opportunities for them to do so.

Not enough time is spent by the inclusion manager in the school to help teaching staff plan suitable programmes for pupils with complex educational needs.

The Oftsed report acknowledges that “There has been an almost complete change of teaching staff, including the headteacher, since the previous inspection.

“Over half the teaching staff are either in the early stages of their teaching career or newly qualified.”

The full Ofsted report is available on the William Martin Junior website.

The school did not respond to an invitation to comment before this was published.

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