‘Poor teaching hinders pupils’ at Sheffield school

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A Sheffield school needs to improve, according to inspectors who found pupils were struggling due to poor teaching.

Youngsters at Springfield Primary School, Broomspring Lane, Broomhall, were not progressing quickly enough in English and maths.

As a result, Ofsted inspectors said, by the time they left they were lagging behind children in many other schools.

There was not enough teaching that was good or outstanding to enable pupils to achieve well, and they were often hindered by gaps in their vocabulary and their understanding of the meaning of words.

Work set for different groups of children was sometimes too hard or too easy, slowing progress.

Lessons did not include enough pictures or objects to help pupils learn, and too often marking advice was not followed up.

Senior staff were not involved sufficiently in moving the school forward, while teachers and teaching assistants did not have the chance to observe high-quality lessons which would develop their own expertise.

Inspectors found the previous headteacher had resigned at the end of August and the deputy was now acting headteacher.

Springfield has a large majority of children who speak English as a foreign language, while the number of disadvantaged pupils is more than twice the national average.

Plus points found included good progress being made by the youngest children, while pupils got on well together. There were also clear signs of progress since the last inspection.