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Education ‘not yet good’ at Gloucester primary

'Pupils are not developing their knowledge as well as they could' - that's the view of OFSTED inspectors, following a visit to a Gloucester primary school.

Inspectors rated Widden Primary School as 'requires improvement' across the board.

The report said: "Leaders, including governors, are ambitious for all pupils. However, the quality of education is not yet good. Significant turbulence in leadership means that planned improvements to the curriculum have not happened."

Inspectors found that the school encourages reading and a love of books, with teachers sharing their love of books.

But it found that: "The teaching of reading is not effective, particularly for those who are struggling to read. The delivery of the reading curriculum is not consistent across the school."

The report said that teaching of a number of subjects doesn't meet expectations and that planning for SEND pupils isn't effective.

The inspectors also found plenty of positives at the school. The report said that children are happy, relationships are strong and pupils learn to respect each other.

The report said: "Pupils are happy at this welcoming and diverse school. Leaders and staff ensure that all pupils are accepted, and that different cultures are celebrated."

The school was also judged as 'requires improvement' at its previous inspection in March 2018.

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