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Critical Ofsted report cites ‘legacy of weaker teaching’ at Burton school

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

River View Primay School, Stapenhill

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A ‘LEGACY of weaker teaching’ has been cited in a critical report of a Burton school.

Inspectors from the Government’s education watchdog Ofsted have told Riverview Primary School it must improve after finding substandard teaching, leadership, pupil attainment and behaviour.

According to inspector Lucy Maughan, staff absences have created trying circumstance for senior leadership and management at the Suffolk Road school.

In the report she said: “Since the last inspection, the head teacher has worked under challenging circumstances.

“A number of staff absences and a legacy of weaker teaching have had a detrimental impact on the school’s performance.

“At present, much of the responsibility for driving improvement rests on a small number of leaders while others have had to cover staff absences.”

Ms Maughan was impressed with an action plan head teacher Christine Bell had put in place.

But this is yet to have a full impact where leaders are absent or new, she added.

On average, children made good progress to reach expected levels in Year 1, after starting with below average skills.

But Ms Maughan said pupils do not make enough progress when they reach the higher years - a problem she attributed to weak teaching.

She said: “Changes of teaching staff in some year groups have had a negative impact on the quality of teaching since the last inspection.

“Staff sometimes overlook spelling, punctuation and grammar errors, and standards of handwriting and presentation vary throughout the school.”

A spokesman from the school said: “The inspectors acknowledged the improvements made since our previous visit and the report identifies the strengths within the school.

“However, in order to be judged as good there is still further progress to be made and we are resolutely determined to address these areas.

“We are committed to providing the very best education for all our pupils and we will continue to work to achieve this.”

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