Badsley Primary School, Rotherham

'Growing Together, Aiming High' The Journey to 'Good' under the new Ofsted framework

School Name: Badsley Primary School
Local Authority: Rotherham 
Pupils on roll: 580
Age Group: 4-11

Pupil Premium: 49%
EAL: 20%

The Challenges faced by the School

Badsley is a larger than the average-sized primary school where most pupils are White British.  The school does not have a Nursery.

The Infant and Junior schools amalgamated in January 2014 and were rated by Ofsted as ‘Requires Improvement’ in April 2015 and again in May 2017.  The following concerns needed to be addressed:

  • Ensure that the teaching of reading was consistent throughout a three-form entry school.
  • Ensure teaching assistants were used effectively.
  • Behaviour for learning needed to improve.
  • Ensure that all lessons extend the skills pupils need to learn and develop a love of reading.
  • Accelerate progress in early years.

Reading attainment across the school needed to be improved quickly and sustainably.

Why did the school choose to partner with SfA?

SfA’s programme met the school’s most urgent immediate and longer-term school improvement needs as it provides a consistent whole-school approach to teaching pedagogy and the reading curriculum and secures good progress in Reception. SfA strategies ensure there is a consistent approach to developing behaviour for learning. High quality training for TA’s to enable them to participate actively, and effectively, in teaching was also important.

SfA was developed through extensive research. External evaluation demonstrated positive impact on outcomes.  As a result, school leaders were confident SfA would accelerate progress in reading and writing.

The Impact of the SfA Programme

SfA was introduced in September 2016, and in September 2019 the school was judged by Ofsted as ‘Good’ in all areas.

The following quotes are from the report which can be found using this link: 

https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/21/106833

“Staff are well trained in helping pupils learn to read. Staff teach phonics well.”

“Pupils talk enthusiastically about the books they have read and those that are read to them.”  

“Leaders carefully plan what pupils need to learn.  They check that what pupils have learned before helps them with what they are going to learn next.  In some subjects, teachers do this extremely well, such as in reading…”

Senior Leaders are also very enthusiastic positive about SfA.

“SfA has enabled us to achieve a whole school approach to the teaching of reading. It provides our pupils with a solid start in early phonics and decoding, builds on comprehension skills throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 and provides the higher ability Y6 pupils with an appropriately engaging and challenging programme that supports children with a reading age of above 12 years.” “The high-quality texts have supported us in fostering a love of reading amongst our pupils with some even requesting their own copies”.

Joanne Russell, Deputy Head Teacher and SfA Facilitator

The pupils also love SfA, here’s what they said:

“We’ve got higher expectations in reading and writing now.”

Lewis, Y5

“It’s good to be in a team because there are people to help you and you can check with each other.

Noor, Y5
11th February 2020

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