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Stretton After School Club is given guidance on making improvements

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 02, 2014

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AN East Staffordshire after-school club has been told by Ofsted that it "requires improvement" in all areas.

Staff at Stretton After School Club, at the Priory Centre in Church Road, have been given directions stating how improvements could be implemented. This includes the support they intend to give to each child with other practitioners in order to take the club forward.

Ofsted also found that managers 'do not have robust systems for supervising and monitoring staff' which would help continuous improvements to be made. However, the education watchdog stated that it was happy with the safeguarding standards in place, while children willingly participate in activities that help to promote their independence.

The club, which is open from Monday to Friday during school term time, currently has 28 children on its roll and was found to require improvement at its previous inspection in June 2009. During her visit, inspector Dianne Adams observed activities in both an indoor and outdoor environment. She noted that while parents were able to provide staff with information about their child's interests and lifestyles, staff could further enhance their time at the club by including activities related to what they learned at school.

She said: "Information is not discussed with school teachers about children's learning or where they might need support. This does not enable staff to establish a clear picture of each child's capabilities or to complement the learning children achieve at school."

While it was observed that new staff were able to benefit from an induction period, ongoing training and annual appraisals, she said: "Supervision is not sufficiently focused on supporting staff to reflect on their practice or develop the quality of teaching."

It was also noted that although some areas that required improvement following the inspection in 2009 had been addressed, others still needed to be looked at. The report said: "Staff have not used self-evaluation since the last inspection to continually identify their achievements or ongoing areas for future development."

However, staff were praised for encouraging children to engage in physical activities while attending the club, as well as helping to promote a healthy lifestyle. The report said: "Children are supported by staff to develop their self-care skills and confidently help themselves to healthy snacks and a drink throughout the session. Children are learning about keeping themselves safe and confidently follow clear procedures, such as the 'walking bus' between school and the club each day."

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