Inspectors put teaching standards in spotlight

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INADEQUATE teaching was found to be affecting pupils’ progress when inspectors visited a Sheffield primary – so they rated the school as satisfactory rather than good.

As a result the pupils’ attainment at Rainbow Forge Primary in Hackenthorpe slowed down throughout Years 1 to 6 after they had made a good start in the foundation stage.

But inspectors found the youngest children were taught well and had ‘varied and well-planned’ learning opportunities.

There were also some strengths in the teaching seen – staff encouraged the children, gave them confidence and praised their efforts.

However, in other areas the inspectors felt there was too much inconsistency.

While the curriculum included all the necessary subjects and met the pupils’ needs in a satisfactory manner, it did not excite all of them or made them eager to learn.

Parents thought well of the school and the children said their teachers were kind.

The children felt safe in school and their behaviour in lessons was never less than satisfactory, with bullying said to be infrequent.

Leading members of staff had begun to make improvements, the inspectors felt.

New headteacher Jane Loader had also formed an accurate view of what needed to be done to speed up the pace of change and had already taken ‘firm action’ towards improvements.

The school is now being challenged to improve quality of teaching by matching work more closely to the needs of all pupils, and making sure their learning moves on more quickly.

Mrs Loader said: “We are fortunate to have a talented, dedicated staff who are committed to ensuring children are inspired to learn and make progress.”

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