Sheffield primary school is back on track

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Effective action to improve education is under way at a Sheffield primary school where inspectors found serious weaknesses in November 2013.

Governors and the headteacher at Rainbow Forge Primary, Hackenthorpe, have accepted the verdict and are determined to put matters right, a follow-up visit has found.

Inspectors say the school’s improvement plan is fit for purpose, as is the support given by the local authority.

The primary has also now joined a trust formed by local schools and led by Birley College.

Good work has been carried out to improve the children’s handwriting, and new methods are being introduced to develop the children’s thinking and help them get more from their reading.

More parents were now involved in breakfast and after-school clubs and they were doing their bit to promote reading.

Pupils were making more use of a recently expanded range of books and also computer-based reading programmes.

The school also had plans to further develop the library and make links with the public library nearby.

Inspectors found headteacher Jane Loader had begun to improve children’s spelling, grammar and punctuation by introducing a short daily spelling session, which had increased predicted attainment levels.

Children were also being encouraged to speak more grammatically to improve the quality of their writing.

Pupils were now making at least the expected rates of progress in maths across the year groups.

It was also found attendance was higher than in previous years and persistent absence had reduced.

Year 6s were also on track for better progress and attainment than in 2013.