TEACHERS at one of Burton’s biggest schools were made to go back to the classroom after being told they were not doing a good enough job.
Staff at Abbot Beyne School, in Winshill, attended improvement classes after their methods came in for criticism.
The teachers were shipped out to the John Taylor High School, in Barton under Needwood, to attend the six-week ‘teacher improvement programmes’.
It was among a number of radical measures introduced in a bid to drive up standards at the school after it was ordered to improve following a visit from Ofsted.
These included an overhaul of staff, with five teachers leaving and four coming in since its last Ofsted inspection earlier in the year, while the school’s board of governors has also been restructured.
Head teacher Annabel Stoddart said: “They were identified as teachers that needed to get better from our robust self-evaluation progress report and it was recognised that they needed to get better as teachers.”
“The external programme was available at John Taylor and we felt the two teachers would benefit from that and if it hadn’t been available at John Taylor, they could have had it at Abbot Beyne.
“We have got staff who are hugely professional and dedicated and who want to get better. I didn’t have to twist their arms up their backs. I think the staff really appreciate that we will address weaknesses with learning and teaching in a personal way.”
Ofsted noted improvements had been made since the its last visit and Mrs Stoddart said she believed the changes that had been introduced were putting the school on the right track.
She added: “We are moving in the right direction – we were moving in the right direction prior to the visit – and am confident that the changes we are making are the right ones.”