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School moves to ease concerns over progress in Maths

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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A SOUTH Derbyshire school has been forced to bring in extra support after parents raised concerns about pupil progress in maths.

Senior teachers at the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, have moved to stamp out problems by appointing a new teacher and bringing in a range of volunteers to try and bring those under performing up to scratch. Bosses at the school are also asking parents to raise concerns ‘immediately’ if they feel their son or daughter might be slipping behind in the key subject area.

Acting head teacher Viv Sharples said: “Some parents have been concerned about progress in maths.

“In a bid to combat this, a new maths teacher will start next week.

“We had volunteers from The Derbyshire Building Society in to help in lessons before Christmas and currently have other volunteers in three mornings per week, all of whom make a good contribution to learning.

“There are also a number of intervention groups for all ages, and abilities.

“However, if parents feel that their son or daughter is not accessing extra support and they are concerned about his or her progress, I would urge them to contact Mr Hall, acting deputy head teacher, who will work with them to resolve this the best that he can.”

Parents are also being encouraged to get their children to practice maths at home by heading online to www.mymaths.co.uk or www.mathswatchvle.com.

Mrs Sharples said that senior teachers at the school will analyse individual pieces of work and homework in a bid to find out where any issues may stem from.

She added: “Rest assured that we will continue to do our very best to meet the needs of every child in the school.”

The school is in the process of battling back after being dubbed ‘inadequate’ following a damning inspection by Ofsted last year.

One of the issues picked up by inspectors was that youngsters were not fulfilling their potential when it came to maths, a matter the school is now trying to further address after parents again raised concerns.

However, the school has been impressing inspectors during recent visits with praise handed out for efforts to try and improve in all areas.

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