Essex Primary School in Newham accredited as a Flagship School again.
Thanks to all staff and pupils for being so cooperative and helping to make my day in your school so enjoyable. Tracy Davis organised my day perfectly and there was a detailed file of evidence available for me to support my findings. You have a school of which you can feel proud as everyone demonstrated their commitment to inclusion in all its forms. Thanks to all the staff and students for making me so welcome.
Good Succession Planning
The school continues to move forward with good succession planning underpinning the consistency which is evident in all aspects of the school’s work. Achievement and attainment continue to rise from low starting points with your use of the pupil premium being effective in raising the standards of disadvantaged students. The pupils spoke articulately about their experiences at Essex Primary School and I was particularly impressed with the confidence of your school council.
The succession planning is working well to provide good transition and handover for leadership, teaching and support staff. I witnessed that personally with the outstanding insights of your SENDCO and the enthusiasm of both Headteachers
Improving the Quality of Education
I understand your staff work hard to ensure all students have the best possible outcomes. They are passionate about improving the quality of education for all pupils and understand the significance of an inclusive education. The efforts made to provide for the most able as well as the disadvantaged did not go unnoticed. The tracking of individual pupil progress and the intervention strategies used to ensure that all children are safe, protected and enjoy their education are a strong feature of the school’s ethos. There is excellent work carried out with families and outside agencies to support children and the school works diligently to ensure that services work seamlessly for the benefit of children and families.
Quality First Teaching
The strong emphasis on quality first teaching benefits all children. Training is consistently supportive across the school with the training provided in the Resource Provision benefitting staff in the mainstream of the school. The Resource Provision itself is excellent in identifying the needs of the children it serves, but also in supporting those children in the remainder of the school. The new building, which is to be completed during the summer break will provide an excellent opportunity to further develop the Resource Provision and to combine the soft play and multisensory areas.
Resources for Parents to Use
The foundation stage library is now catering for families and providing a comfortable space for parents to read to their children. This area has been developed with the addition of dual language books giving parents an opportunity to read to their children in their mother tongue.
The Family Support Worker works closely with families providing signposting and reassurance for vulnerable families and has developed strong links with parents to improve the chances of all children. Good progress has been made with Early Help and Step Down. The School Counsellor’s hours have been extended in order that he can meet with parents outside of school and this will only help promote those strong links with parents and carers.
Pupils with Special Needs
The new assessment criteria for children with EAL and the identification of children with ASD is beginning to have a significant impact on their progress. Good work has also been carried out with the Primary Strategy team to raise attainment in reading for pupils with EAL.
Resources for Pupils with Dyslexia
The staff are now more aware of the identification and planning for children with dyslexia. The strong link with the Newham Dyslexia Service and staff training is having an impact in this regard. The Lego programme has also now started after some early problems and the training of a TA to ensure continuity for the future should prevent any recurrence of the start-up issues. The Sandwell Numeracy Test has been purchased and will be instrumental in providing additional identification of areas of need in maths.
Children Support the Inclusive Ethos
The strong focus on music across the school provides every child with a musical skill and involves children in meaningful cross-curricular work. Children enjoy their participation in the music project and their performances to parents are a highlight of the year. Children support the inclusive ethos of the school and have a strong sense of fairness and what it means to be a member of Essex Primary School. The School Councillors are excellent ambassadors for their school.
Outstanding Inclusive Practice
The Flagship Action Plan reflects the high quality of evaluation that exists in the school. It is comprehensive and reflects the school as seen by the assessor. Essex Primary School is an example of a school committed to meet the needs of its children and is outstanding in its commitment to, and implementation of, inclusive practice. It is an outstanding, caring environment for students where high expectations have a huge impact on attainment, progress and wellbeing. The commitment of all staff, pupils and governors to a shared ethos are strengths of the school.
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