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Medway Council draft in head to help Twydall Primary School in Gillingham

By Nicola Jordan

A head teacher has been drafted in to help a troubled school which was put in special measures earlier this year.

Education watchdog Ofsted returned to Twydall Primary School for a monitoring inspection, after it was classed inadequate across the board earlier this year.

While inspectors observed some improvements, they also found lack of feedback, an insufficient action plan and records of behaviour were not detailed enough and routinely shared with governors.

Twydall Primary School, Twydall Lane, Gillingham

Medway Council has arranged for the head teacher of a nearby primary school, which has been rated outstanding, to support Twydall’s head, Sue Fedosiuk, two days a week. This partnership is due to start soon.

A sports coach has been recruited to introduce “positive games” in the playground which has led to a reduction of arguments and unruly incidents.

The deputy head and four teachers are leaving at the end of the school year and these vacancies will be covered by deploying current staff.

In a letter to Mrs Fedosiuk, inspector Sian Thornton wrote: “You have taken action to improve the areas identified in the inspection report.

“In mathematics, older pupils are now making more use of practical equipment and new resources are now available to all children.

“In all of the classrooms, I saw pupils engaged in their learning and working hard.

“Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are more fully included.”

The inspector concluded that the council’s statement of action was fit for purpose and the school’s action plan is also not fit for purpose.

Twydall head teacher Sue Fedosiuk

A spokesman for Ofsted said: “The timing of the next inspection will be determined by the rate of improvement.”

After an Ofsted inspection in March where all four judgements were graded inadequate, Ofsted produced a revised report which upgraded the category of behaviour and safeguarding to “requires improvement”.

Inspectors admitted mistakes had been made and apologised to the head teacher.

The governing body and council are looking to turn the school into an academy.

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