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Report highlights progress at school

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

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EDUCATION watchdogs have revealed that a secondary school is making ‘reasonable progress’ in its bid to come out of special measures.

Ofsted chiefs have published a new report following a recent visit to Pingle School, in Coronation Street, and said that senior teachers’ action plan to turn the school around is now ‘fit for purpose’.

Inspectors also found that levels of teaching continued to improve and the behaviour of pupils in classes and around the school was also getting better.

Ofsted inspector Trevor Riddiough said: “The proportion of lessons in which inspectors judged teaching as good has risen and inspectors saw a small number of lessons where teaching was outstanding.

“The school has rightly put more resources into the improvement of teaching and a variety of voluntary and directed staff training is in place, all designed to improve teaching practice and hence learning in lessons.

“In class, more pupils work conscientiously and with a strong desire to succeed.

“This is because lessons challenge them and interest them.

“Assessments have also improved and teachers generally evaluate attainment accurately and have reliable data to show how students are progressing.

“Pupils spoken to were keen to point out that behaviour in classes and around the school is improving.

“This is due to the introduction of a revised behaviour policy.

“Rewards and sanctions are now clearly understood.

“However, some pupils say that behaviour is not yet perfect and low-level disruptions still occur in some lessons.

“With the increase in expectations of behaviour has come an associated increase in the rates of exclusions, in class removals and behaviour points.

“There are signs that the use of these sanctions is now declining as the new behaviour system beds in.

“The acting head teacher shows focused leadership and the school is moving forward and the rate of improvement is increasing.

“The school is making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.”

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