11:07am Monday 23rd September 2013
By Anna Slater
A primary school has been downgraded in an Ofsted inspection for “patchy and inconsistent” teaching.
Menorah Jewish Foundation School, in Abbots Road, Edgware, was stripped of its 'good' status and told it requires improvement - the third of the inspection body's four outcomes.
The report, published last week, criticises pupils’ progress in maths and writing, the quality of teaching and staff’s leadership and management skills.
It says: “The quality of teaching is patchy. Teaching over time has not always promoted good achievement because it has not been consistently good enough. Because of the inconsistent quality of teaching throughout their schooling, pupils’ progress overall is not good.
“In maths, teachers do not always use information on what pupils can do to identify the gaps in their understanding or skills or plan lessons that close these gaps.
“In some lessons, teachers do not always plan activities that are sufficiently matched to all pupils’ abilities to ensure their work is not too easy or too hard.”
But the report praised the teaching standards in reception, year one and year two, where lessons are well-planned and teachers keep a close eye on who is struggling.
It also recognizes the pupils have a “polite, friendly, courteous attitude”, generally feel safe at school and enjoy lessons.
The 306 pupil Orthodox Jewish school has now been given notice to improve by ensuring teachers match lesson plans to the abilities of less able pupils.
Last year, the school commissioned its own independent report into its progress which also identified areas which require improvement.
A statement from acting headteacher Caroline Field said: “We are well on our way to addressing these points.
“The various initiatives instigated even prior to the inspection are now bearing fruit.
“This coupled with additions and changes to our senior management team means that the Governors are confident that the school is well on its way back to its previous categorisation as a good school with outstanding features and will then move on to outstanding.”
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