Best Practice

Case study: Teaching practice – review, analysis and innovation

St Michael’s CE Primary thrives by giving its staff plenty of opportunities to review practice, innovate and take on responsibility. Drawing on the school’s outstanding maths practice as an example, Suzanne O’Connell explains more

St Michael’s CE Primary School in County Durham is a small village school with approximately 118 pupils. It has always been a popular local school but has not taken this for granted. During the 13 years that Lindsey Vollans has been headteacher, there has been a continuous determination to improve its practice. Now, that focus has been recognised with an outstanding judgement from Ofsted.

The village where St Michael’s is located has been both a pit and a farming village and has seen many changes over the years as fluctuating house prices have increased its popularity.

“We are also now seeing children coming in to our school from further afield,” Ms Vollans explained. The reputation of the school has spread, mostly due to word of mouth rather than Ofsted.

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