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Teachers criticised in junior school’s report

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

Edge Hill Junior School - Stapenhill

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INCONSISTENT teaching which fails to challenge the brightest pupils has been highlighted in a critical report of a Burton school.

Education inspectors from the Government’s education watchdog Ofsted said Stapenhill’s Edge Hill Junior School must improve.

Lead inspector Derek Aitken also singled out inconsistent marking and lack of support for pupils who struggle with maths after the visit.

The school was ordered to improve in all areas except the safety and behaviour of pupils, which was judged to be good.

In the report, Mr Aitken said too much of the teaching needed to improve for it be to judged as good overall - though some was outstanding.

He said: “Marking, although regular, is not consistently good across the school, especially in maths.”

The report revealed the performance of Year Six pupils was average in 2013 - up from a below average showing the year before.

But in the report, Mr Aitken said: “Despite this upward trend, Year Six have not made consistently good progress through the school.

“Given their starting points, not enough pupils are achieving the higher levels.”

Mr Aitken added that the pupils’ behaviour was a strength of the school.

He said: “Relationships between staff and pupils are warm and supportive.”

The school’s head teacher Dr Mike Mander said an action plan to improve teaching had not had time to take effect before the Ofsted visit.

He said: “We accept the immediate action that we need to take as highlighted by Ofsted.

“But we were disappointed that they did not see or acknowledge the impact of the work we had done in the time they were here.”

Dr Mander added that pupils who need to make more progress have been targeted with extra support since the term started in January.

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