Worksop Primary School takes ‘effective steps’ to improve Ofsted grade

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Sir Edmund Hillary Primary and Nursery School on Sunfield Avenue was rated as ‘in need of improvement’ due to the quality of education pupils were receiving, after inspectors from the school watchdog visited Ofsted education in September 2021.

Details of a follow-up monitoring visit have now been released – and the report praised headteachers and governors for taking ‘effective action’ to make the school ‘good’.

Interim visits do not change an Ofsted grade, but make a judgment as to whether the school is making the required improvement towards a ‘good’ grade.

Sir Edmund Hillary Primary and Nursery School, on Sunfield Avenue, has been rated ‘in need of improvement’ by Ofsted.

In the recently published report, Ofsted said senior leaders had taken steps to improve the quality of education, in particular by adjusting the approach to teaching phonics and reading.

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The report reads: “Top leaders are taking decisive action to improve the quality of education. They rightly focused on prioritizing improvements in early reading.

“They are calling on external support to help them revise the school curriculum. Particular emphasis has been placed on the development of reading throughout the school.

“Leaders have introduced an additional daily phonetic session. In this session, students work with teachers on specific sounds identified through assessment. Ratings are accurate.

“These sessions, as well as individual interventions, have a positive impact. Late students catch up with their peers.

However, he noted that not all staff noticed students’ mispronunciation of words and that some teachers did not ensure that all students could read the word with confidence.

He also noted that “some of the weaknesses” of the program identified last September remain.

He says: “Leaders have given priority to the development of a new medium-term plan for science and geography. However, issues surrounding the sequencing of learning in long-term plans were not addressed.

“Leaders have not given enough thought to how students will demonstrate that they are improving in science and geography.

“There is not enough guidance given to teachers to ensure that they can meet all the requirements of the national curriculum.

“Students talk enthusiastically about their learning during topic time.

“However, many were confused as to what topics they were studying in these lessons.”

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