Edg­ware school hit by high staff turnover

The Jewish Chronicle - - EDUCATION - BY SI­MON ROCKER

A NORTH-WEST Lon­don Jewish pri­mary school that has suf­fered a high staff turnover has been told by in­spec­tors it re­quires im­prove­ment in all ar­eas.

Most pupils at the state-aided Beit Shvi­dler in Edg­ware, which was ranked as a good school five years ago, were achiev­ing “be­low or well be­low” ex­pec­ta­tions for their age, Of­sted re­ported.

The school had “ex­pe­ri­enced tur­bu­lence in lead­er­ship, man­age­ment and staffing last year and more re­cently”, in­spec­tors stated. “This has con­trib­uted to lapses in learn­ing, as­sess­ment and be­hav­iour of pupils in a num­ber of year groups.”

An in­terim head, who joined in Septem­ber, had pro­vided sta­bil­ity, and newly ap­pointed mid­dle lead­ers in lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy and early years had made “a promis­ing start”, they said.

But the school needed to im­prove in all five in­spec­tion cat­e­gories: lead­er­ship and man­age­ment; qual­ity of teaching; be­hav­iour of pupils; out­comes for pupils; and early years pro­vi­sion.

“The high turnover of staff and lack of at­ten­tion to the daily rou­tines have af­fected the school’s over­all learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” Of­sted said.

“Low-level dis­rup­tion in some classes is com­mon.”

Pupils in their fi­nal year made “be­low the na­tional av­er­age” progress in writ­ing last year. Those at the end of key stage one — aged around seven — reached ex­pected stan­dards in maths but “failed to reach or ex­ceed age ex­pec­ta­tions in read­ing and writ­ing”.

But Of­sted did find ev­i­dence of im­prov­ing progress in the older classes.

A new head teacher, Rabbi Jonathan Spec­tor, cur­rently deputy head of Rosh Pi­nah Pri­mary, is due to start at Beit Shvi­dler next term.

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