Ofsted brands Isle of Wight Council tuition centre inadequate

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, June 19, 2014

 

AN Isle of Wight Council centre for problem pupils has been placed in special measures by Ofsted.

Inspectors branded Clatterford Tuition Centre inadequate in all areas, finding it was failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education.

Those responsible for leading, managing and governing the school had not demonstrated that they had the capacity to improve it, the inspection found.

Clatterford is the latest of several schools placed in special measures by Ofsted. The others continue to work their way out of them.

When inspectors visited the unit, there were 20 students aged between 11 and 16 who had either been excluded from mainstream education or who it was felt would benefit from being there for at least six weeks.

Achievement was classed as inadequate and progress in English, maths and science branded particularly poor.

Teachers often lacked subject knowledge and had too low expectations.

"Work is needed to ensure all parts of the site are fully safe. The child protection policy has not yet been agreed by the management committee," said the report.

Ofsted did identify two strengths — that teachers developed positive relationships with students and that pupils reported that they felt safe.

The report said the school should not appoint newly-qualified teachers and that teaching standards and achievement should be improved.

Behaviour and safety of students should be improved by making sure that attendance was carefully checked and there should be a rapid response when students were absent.

School inspectors made wide-ranging recommendations about how the leadership and management of the school could be improved and deemed an external review of governance should take place into how that should be done.

They acknowledged that the recently reconstituted management committee had begun to operate more efficiency and now provided "a significant level of challenge" to senior leaders.

"However, the improved professionalism and vigilance have not begun to have an impact on standards of achievement."

View the report below:

Ofsted report - Isle of Wight Council Clatterford Tuition Centre

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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