School tackles weak teaching

By Ross Findon

Friday, April 25, 2014

 

AN Isle of Wight primary school has slipped from good to requiring improvement following its latest Ofsted inspection, but robust action is being taken to tackle weak teaching.

Brading Church of England Primary School was inspected last month and Ofsted published its findings this week.

According to its report, teaching was not consistently good enough, a limited knowledge of phonics meant reading and spelling standards were not high and marking did not always give enough information to help students improve.

But senior leaders at the school were praised for taking action against weak teaching and underachievement.

There was also acknowledgement of good teaching in Years 5 and 6 in mathematics and writing and behaviour in those years groups was often exemplary.

The report said: "Results in the screening check in phonics at the end of Year 1, while better in 2013 than in 2012, remains low.

"In Year 2, attainment in reading, writing and mathematics overall was significantly lower than in most schools last year."

It added: "High staff turnover, inconsistency in the quality of teaching, and past underachievement mean pupils have a lot of ground to make up. Good teaching in Years 5 and 6 is ensuring pupils are quickly filling gaps in reading, writing and mathematics."

Chair of governors and Isle of Wight Councillor Gordon Kendall said: "I am pleased the inspector recognised the school has been through challenging times since the last inspection, but is led by a highly capable headteacher who is very ambitious for the pupils and the school's long term success. 

"As a governing body, working closely with Mrs Gilbert and the staff, we are aware of the areas that need to be improved, the challenges we need to tackle and we are now addressing these areas. 

"Our paramount concern is unlocking the potential of the children in our care."

Read the full report below:

Brading Church of England Primary School

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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