Houghton school taking action to improve performance

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A WEARSIDE primary school is taking action to tackle weaknesses say education bosses.

In September Ofsted inspectors gave Dubmire Primary School a three rating saying it required improvement.

Following their first follow-up visit to the Britannia Terrace school in Houghton, inspectors said senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas identified as requiring improvement.

In the initial inspection report, the education bosses said although the behaviour and safety of the children was rated good, the school needed improvement overall.

It said standards in writing were below average throughout the school and pupils were not making enough progress in mathematics in Key Stage 1.

The inspectors said some of the teaching required improvement because expectations are not high enough and work is not matched accurately to the different abilities of pupils.

In a letter to the school’s headteacher following the latest visit, the inspector said: “You and other school leaders have taken prompt action to address the issues identified in the last inspection report and you have revised the school improvement plan to include these areas.”

However, they said the criteria for measuring success needs to be refined and that expectations for the attainment of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals are not as challenging as they should be.

But, they said: “Evidence seen during the visit shows that the school has already begun to tackle some key issues identified in the school improvement plan.”