School barred from appointing newly qualified teachers before its next Ofsted inspection

The Chronicle is reporting that Ofsted inspectors have accused a Northumberland primary school of “inexcusably poor” teaching almost two years after it was placed in special measures.

Whitfield Church of England Primary School, near Hexham, was placed in special measures in February 2014 following an Ofsted inspection.

Following the latest follow up visit, the watchdog has ruled the school “is not taking effective action towards the removal of special measures” and should not appoint any newly qualified teachers before its next inspection.

Northumberland County Council said it is “disappointed” with Ofsted’s findings, and claimed the inspection process failed to take into account issues facing rural schools.

Since being placed in special measures, Whitfield C of E which has 44 pupils, has been subject to regular follow ups to monitor improvements and following the visit on November 3 the school was barred from appointing new staff until after the next inspection.

In a damning report, Ofsted found “underachievement remains the norm for too many pupils” and “approximately one quarter of pupils continue to make inadequate progress in their learning, across subjects and in both key stages…”

Northumberland County Council was accused of contributing to the school’s continued failure…

More at: Northumberland school has ‘inexcusably poor’ teaching almost two years after damning Ofsted


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Is it unusual for a school to be banned by Ofsted from appointing NQTs?

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  1. TW

    Not particularly unusual, no.  When a school is in, or placed in, special measures inspectors are required to make a judgement on whether it is allowed to appoint NQTs.

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