Watchdog says Sunderland school is making progress

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A FAILING Sunderland school is making progress, say education inspectors.

Plains Farm Primary was placed in special measures by Ofsted in May because it was dubbed inadequate.

They previously said several areas needed attention, including improving pupils’ progress and raising their attainment and urgently improving the quality of teaching so that it is at least satisfactory overall.

However, a report after a recent monitoring visit said the 2012 Key Stage 2 national tests in reading, writing and maths showed an improvement on the previous year.

Inspectors said: “There are now regular meetings held each half-term where staff are held to account for the progress of the pupils in their class.

“The quality of pupils’ writing is beginning to improve, although there are still some issues in respect of spelling and handwriting.”

Inspectors said the quality of teaching and learning have improved since the previous inspection.