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Great Dunham Primary told to improve by Ofsted

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A village primary school has had its rating by Ofsted downgraded from Good to ‘Requires Improvement’ after its latest inspection.

Great Dunham Primary School was found to be lacking in effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils was found to be good as was early-year provision at the school.

Inspectors found a legacy of poor teaching has not allowed pupils to achieve as well as they might.

The quality of teaching, while improving, is too variable. As a result, pupils do not make consistently good progress across the school.

The report compiled last month also concluded that marking was applied inconsistently, teachers’ expectations are not high enough meaning some able pupils are not stretched.

Disadvantaged pupils do not make sufficient progress in their writing skills and in upper key stage 2, maths attainment was lower than reading and writing.

However, the report did find that [pupils’ behaviour and attendance are good and that those with special educational needs (SEN) are well catered for.

The school does provide a caring and nurturing environment where pupils feel safe.

Great Dunham Primary school. (8266497)
Great Dunham Primary school. (8266497)

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