Sunderland school struggling to improve after bad report from Ofsted inspectors

New Silksworth Infants School

New Silksworth Infants School

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Plans to turn around a city school are not good enough, education bosses say.

Ofsted inspectors placed New Silksworth Infant School in special measures three months ago.

Both the school’s improvement plan and the local authority’s statement of action lack realistic measures of success over time.

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Following a recent monitoring visit to the Blind Lane school, inspectors said neither the school’s improvement plan or the local authority’s statement of action are fit for purpose.

The original inspection saw the school rated as inadequate in all areas.

The report said children were not safe at all times, senior leaders were too slow in addressing the decline in pupil achievement and teachers were not being held to account.

They said the governing body’s checking of the school’s performance was weak, children failed to develop new skills as quickly as they should and behaviour required improvement.

A letter to the school following the monitoring visit said: “Senior leaders, including governors, have rightly prioritised improvements to safeguarding practices since the inspection.”

They said the new chairman of governors shares the passion of senior leaders to improve the school and there has been action taken to eradicate some of the weakest teaching.

However, it said: “Both the school’s improvement plan and the local authority’s statement of action lack realistic measures of success over time. These are essential to ensure that the specific issues relating to the quality of teaching and the achievement of pupils are tackled with appropriate urgency.

“As a result, the school does not yet have a secure enough direction towards the removal of special measures.”