St John overcomes its ‘teaching turbulence’

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A MEXBOROUGH primary school is resolving previous weaknesses in its teaching – but improvements still need to be made, according to Government inspectors.

Ofsted said there had been some “turbulence” in staffing at St John the Baptist C of E School, which had now been resolved.

But the report said there was still “uneveness” in the quality of teaching and improvements in maths needed to be made at the 204-pupil school.

Rating the school as satisfactory, lead inspector Bernard Jones’s report said: “Recent turbulence in staffing has been resolved and some previous weaknesses in teaching have been successfully tackled.”

“Pupils do not make as much progress in mathematics as they do in English.

“There is too much unevenness in the quality of teaching.

“While there is some that is outstanding so, too, there is some that is inadequate. The majority of teaching is satisfactory.

“This is mainly because teachers do not use the information they have about pupils’ attainment well enough to match the needs of different groups and challenge pupils to produce their best.”

However, the inspectors noted that pupils’ received good care, guidance and support from staff and had a “harmonious” relationship with teachers.

They also praised pupils for taking on additional responsibilities, such as the school council and they also make a good contribution to the wider community.

The report added that the “excellent” practice that already exists should be spread to other areas in need, such as maths, to ensure good quality teaching.

Headteacher John Hunter and the management team were praised for developing good systems to monitor improvements in the pupils’ achievements.

The report said: “The impact is starting to be seen as weaknesses are tackled, for example, standards in mathematics are starting to improve.”

“Such work is now giving a clear lead in setting a vision for the continued improvement based on sound planning at all levels.”