We want to make sure that the teaching in our school is outstanding and never less than good so that your children make fantastic progress.
To give you an idea of what we are great at and what we still need to improve we have listed the OFSTED criteria here and put in bold italics the areas we are still working hard to improve. It’s all about switching on the light bulb and making lessons really exciting for children and then focussing on giving them feedback effectively to move on to their next step.
In our school:
- Much of the teaching in Key Stage 2 and in most subjects is outstanding and never less than consistently good. As a result, almost all pupils currently on roll in the school, including disabled pupils, those who have special educational needs, those for whom the pupil premium provides support and the most able, are making rapid and sustained progress. At the moment the teaching in KS1 and EYFS is improving and we are making it better through extra teacher training to improve the consistency of teaching, the appointment of a new Early Years Assistant Head, renewing the teaching and learning accommodation and making lessons more engaging.
- All teachers have consistently high expectations of all pupils. They plan and teach lessons that enable pupils to learn exceptionally well across the curriculum.
- Teachers systematically and effectively check pupils’ understanding throughout lessons, anticipating where they may need to intervene and doing so with notable impact on the quality of learning. We need to make sure that all our teachers, including those who have recently joined us do this so that we improve progress across all classes.
- The teaching of reading, writing, and mathematics is highly effective and cohesively planned and implemented across the curriculum. We are best at teaching reading and writing and have improved our teaching of maths. We now give each of our teachers a clear checklist of what must happen in every lesson. But our results in Key Stage 1 and Early Years dipped in 2016 so we need to ensure that all children make progress and those entering Year 3 have additional support to help them plug any gaps in their learning.
- Teachers and other adults authoritatively impart knowledge to ensure students are engaged in learning, and generate high levels of commitment to learning across the school.
- Consistently high quality marking and constructive feedback from teachers ensure that pupils make rapid gains and we are implementing different ways of feeding back to children so they have time to understand what the teacher is saying and can respond to improve their work.
- Teachers use well-judged and often imaginative teaching strategies, including setting appropriate homework that, together with clearly directed and timely support and intervention, match individual needs accurately. Consequently, pupils learn exceptionally well across the curriculum. We need to make this consistent across the school and will insist that all children complete their homework.