South Scotland

St Ninian's RC in Newton Stewart improvements sought

Education inspectors have called for urgent improvements at a primary school in Dumfries and Galloway.

A follow-up inspection will be carried out at St Ninian's RC in Newton Stewart in a year to check on progress.

A report highlighted two key areas of concern - the learning experience of pupils and the curriculum.

Director of Education Colin Grant said an urgent plan of action was being drawn up with the new headteacher to address the issues.

HM Inspectorate of Education said pupils at the school were well-behaved, friendly and keen to learn.

However, the full report said they did not experience a broad enough curriculum, and opportunities to take more responsibility for their learning needed to be developed at a much faster pace.

It added that teachers did not make enough use of assessment information to effectively plan the next steps in a child's education, and also described arrangements for self-evaluation to improve the school as unsatisfactory.

Responding to the report, Mr Grant pointed out that the inspectors had expressed confidence in the leadership of the recently appointed headteacher.

He said officials were already working with her on an urgent plan of action to address the key recommendations of the report, and said they fully supported her efforts to build on the school's strengths.

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