Washington primary school told it must improve

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A WEARSIDE primary school has been told it needs to do better after a visit from education watchdogs.

Fatfield Primary School in Washington was told it requires improvement in achievement, quality of teaching and leadership, but the safety and behaviour of the pupils is good.

Inspectors said: “Rates of pupils’ progress and their levels of achievement, including for the most able, are too variable over time and not enough pupils exceed the expected levels.

“Not enough teaching is inspiring and exciting and planned tasks are not always closely enough matched to pupils’ different abilities.

“Assessment information is not used well enough by leaders, managers and teachers to gain a precise grasp of the speed and pattern of pupils’ progress and achievement.”

The inspectors said the school has not been quick enough to tackle underperformance, and sometimes governors have not made sure that they have reliable evidence of school performance to hold leaders and teachers to account.

However, the inspectors said: “A hard-working and caring team of staff provides a friendly and happy atmosphere in which pupils feel secure and can be successful.”

It added that there is good teaching in the nursery and reception classes.