Mile Cross Primary School, Norwich
Number or Pupils on Roll: 434
Teachers (FTE): 18
What period did your OTI run?
From: September 2015 – present (ongoing)
What were the main reasons that you chose to do the OTI?
The desire to improve the quality and consistency of teaching in classes throughout the school so that attendance and progress/attainment could move the school on from an Ofsted inspection grading of ‘Good’ in Feb 2014.
The ambition to nurture a community of teachers who held high expectations for children, who were risk-takers, reflective and had a shared language for teaching and learning.
How did the programme impact on your school?
Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Nov 2017. They commented in the report:
‘Teaching is outstanding because leaders invest heavily in training and supporting staff.’ and ‘Leaders have also invested heavily in high-quality professional development, ensuring that every teacher attends an extended course on becoming outstanding’.
New staff joining the school were part of OTI cohorts, and Ofsted commented:
‘Support for those new to teaching is excellent. Newly qualified teachers learn very quickly and soon become as effective as much more experienced teachers’.
Progress and attainment at the end of KS2 in 2017 exceeded national in all key groups. PP children outperformed their non-PP peers. This is despite children entering school from low starting points. Ofsted attributed this to ‘Pupils have benefited from stable and high-quality teaching, which has meant that they achieve well year after year, with no setbacks to put them at a disadvantage..’
How do you see the OTI affecting your school going forward?
To continue to maintain the use the shared language developed through OTI when they are co-planning, reflecting as well as when discussing lesson observations. We see the risk-taking culture that emerged through OTI being maintained. Staff aren’t scared of trying new ideas in their classrooms.