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North-east school making improvements after ‘satisfactory’ result in inspection

Tarland School
Tarland School

A north-east school is making improvements after getting a “satisfactory” grade in an inspection.

Inspectors from Education Scotland visited Tarland School and Nursery in January and published their report last week.

The nursery received “good” gradings for quality of care and support, quality of environment, quality of staffing, quality of management and leadership.

The nursery also received “good” rankings for learning, teaching and assessment and securing children’s progress.

However, the primary school was considered “satisfactory” for raising attainment and achievement, with inspectors recommending some areas for further development.

The report states: “The headteacher should enable teachers to have direct responsibility for tracking and monitoring attainment data so that they can develop a better understanding of children’s progression across the curriculum. ”

Rosemary Bruce

Rosemary Bruce, Aberdeenshire Council’s education committee vice chair, said: “There are a few areas of improvement such as developing greater consistency across the curriculum; giving teachers more autonomy to track and monitor attainment and encouraging appropriate pace of children’s learning listed in the inspection but there are plenty of positives that all connected with the school and nursery should be rightly proud about.”

Education Scotland confirmed it is satisfied with the progress being made and therefore no subsequent visits will be made to the school and nursery in connection with the inspection.

Inspectors also praised the ” positive and caring relationships between children and staff.”

To read the full Education Scotland report, click here

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