Monday, 12 August 2013

Dorridge Juniors "requires improvement"

DORRIDGE Junior school “requires improvement” Ofsted has said after inspectors raised concerns about results and quality of teaching.

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A June inspection rates it as “requires improvement” on a scale of outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate.

Its previous inspection, in 2010, rated it satisfactory on a scale of outstanding, good satisfactory and inadequate.

The latest report says pupils “make nationally expected, but not good, progress because not all teachers routinely make sure tasks match pupils’ different abilities”.

Standards remain high in reading, writing and maths and had improved, especially in maths, it said. Marking is of high standard, it said.

Yet teachers “do not usually give pupils work that makes them think more deeply or learn more quickly throughout lessons”.

It said: “Teachers often give the same tasks to all pupils, regardless of their ability. Some find the work too easy, such as in a times-table exercise where more-able pupils quickly finished and had to wait for the others to catch up.”

The report adds: “Teachers do not always plan work which challenges the more-able pupils.”

The approach to determining if pupils have special educations needs are “not applied consistently or accurately” the report adds.

Leadership and management must improve as “expectations and actions of leaders and managers, including governors, have not brought about significant improvement in the quality of teaching and progress made by pupils”.

Management evaluations of school performance has been “generous” but had changed and changes to marking in January had had a “positive impact”.

The report went on: “Leaders do not make full use of the information that the school holds on pupils’ progress to best check the effectiveness of teaching and its impact on achievement.”

But it said: “Behaviour in lessons is good and around school is usually exemplary.”

Progress had “accelerated” since January, it added.
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