Her Majesty’s inspector of schools, Ofsted, have said that the improvement plan for Clatterford Tuition Centre is not fit for purpose following a Section 8 inspection at the school last month.
The specialist pupil referral unit on the outskirts of Newport, which accommodates children aged between 11-16 who cannot attend mainstream schooling, was deemed inadequate by Ofsted back in April, however the recent inspection has found that some improvements have been made and the school is now in a better position than it was before.
The centre’s new headteacher has been praised for quickly identifying areas that need improving including attendance, behaviour, achievement and teaching quality. Despite some positive action, the improvement plan has been rated as not fit for purpose following the inspection on 11th September.
Inspectors have said that attendance figures show too much unauthorised absences and that not enough has been done to ensure that teachers are held accountable for the progress of each student. It has also been said that lesson planning is too generalised and there is a poor understand of the levels of progress.
The news comes as a consultation on the future of Clatterford comes to an end, with the possibility that it will be merged with Thompson House Tuition Centre. A decision will be taken in the near future.