Primary school praised

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AN East Durham school is on the up, say education bosses.

Shotton Hall Primary in Peterlee was rated as requiring improvement in all areas following a visit by Ofsted bosses at the beginning of the year.

Now, however, following a monitoring visit to the Waveney Road school, inspectors said things are improving.

In their original report inspectors said pupils did not make consistently good progress in reading, writing and mathematics in all year groups.

Also, playtimes outside were too boisterous.

Following the recent monitoring visit, the inspector said: “Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.

“Evidence from monitoring of teaching, scrutiny of pupils’ books and lessons we observed together show that pupils’ progress is hastening across the school as a result of the urgent actions being taken following the inspection.

“Important actions include training for teachers and visits to see outstanding practice in other schools.

“Nonetheless, there are still some lessons where pupils’ progress is not rapid enough because the impact of teaching on pupils’ learning is not good enough. Short-term support plans have been put in place alongside one-to-one support for each member of staff.”