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A three-pronged strategy to improve teaching and learning

CPD Pedagogy
The strategy to improve teaching and learning at Long Cross Primary School focused on three areas. Deputy headteacher Amelia Nelson explains

I joined Long Cross Primary School in January 2014 after the school had become an Oasis Academy. There were significant difficulties with behaviour and too many teachers were struggling to deliver good lessons. One of my first jobs as deputy head was to lead on systematic assessment, because we just didn't know what our children knew.

The results were quite positive and showed that children were intelligent, but also that they had big gaps in their knowledge. We had been in special measures for five years, making it hard to recruit and so we'd had to depend on lots of supply teaching. There had not been consistent teaching and what there had needed to improve. So starting in the September that became my next project.

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