Teaching quality varies at city primary school

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SATISFACTORY standards of education were found by inspectors at a Sheffield primary school - where the quality of teaching was variable.

While an increasing proportion of lessons at Greenhill Primary were good or better, there were inconsistencies in the teaching of spoken English, the levels of challenge set for the children and the impact of marking their work.

The youngsters’ progress was more rapid in communication, reading and writing than in maths.

But because there were fewer ‘more able’ children currently in school, attainment levels were lower than in the past.

Although the youngest pupils learned and developed well, by the time they were ready to move on their attainment levels were broadly average.

Children’s behaviour was found to be good, they said they enjoyed school and felt safe there.

Most parents said that any instances of poor behaviour were dealt with effectively, the staff acted as strong role models and the pupils’ attendance was above average.

The inspectors felt that the school’s leadership and management were satisfactory, with the focus on improving performance as well as the personal support and guidance offered to pupils.

Strengths and weaknesses were accurately identified and a new themed curriculum was now being developed.

One problem identified was that the youngsters did not use their literacy, numeracy and IT skills widely enough to improve learning in other subjects.

Headteacher Julia Brown said: “Ofsted have recognised some of the good work that we are doing. Of course there is a lot more that can be done to improve. We must never be complacent and our key focus is to improve attainment and help our children grow and flourish.”

Mrs Brown said she was very proud of the pupils’ good behaviour and added that everyone did their best to bring out the best in them.

■ See www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/107084 for the full report.