Friday, December 9, 2022

Not missed then? Mass exodus at St Joseph’s has not prevented improvement says Ofsted

OFSTED has published a positive monitoring report in relation to St Joseph’s Catholic primary school in Stanford-le-Hope.

Earlier this year, a full inspection had rated the school as “requiring improvement”.

Since then there has been a mass exodus of staff from the school. The head-teacher is on sick leave.

However, Ofsted have made several positive comments on the latest monitoring visit.

The report states:

“The acting headteacher is monitoring teaching and learning more rigorously and using a range of evidence to gain a view of teaching over time. This includes evidence from lesson observations, pupils’ progress data and evidence from the scrutiny of pupils’ work. This is an appropriate approach to ensure that teachers are held to account for the progress of all pupils. However sometimes judgements about the quality of teaching in lesson observations are too generous when pupils’ progress is not given a high enough priority.

Most classrooms are well-ordered environments where attitudes to learning are positive. There have been some improvements to the Reception indoor and outdoor learning areas. More needs to be done however to ensure that all Reception children have equal access to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This is not yet the case for those children who are working in the Year 1 and Reception classroom.

The governing body is more rigorously monitoring and challenging the work of the school. Governors have a thorough knowledge of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. They have a better understanding of the impact of pupil premium funding and the pay structure of teachers, which they compare with the good information they receive about the quality of teaching.”

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