A ‘VERY CARING’ Llanelli primary school has been placed in special measures by Estyn, the education inspectorate for Wales.
Pentip primary school, a voluntary-aided Church in Wales school, is the subject of a damning report which finds that urgent action is needed to address shortcomings in the progress of children at the school.
The Estyn report found that “nearly all younger pupils make slow progress developing their skills in literacy and numeracy”.
Despite the positive and supportive environment of the school, pupils were not making enough progress against benchmarks for their educational development.
The report finds that: “Many pupils in the Foundation Phase (aged four to seven) make slow progress in learning letters and sounds. As a result, they make inconsistent progress in reading.”
Lack of resources is, however, not part of the problem. Inspectors said the school has enough staff to deliver the national curriculum but standards are simply not good enough to ensure consistent progress by pupils.
The report said: “Adults’ subject knowledge is not always secure enough to enable pupils to make good progress for example in reading.”
The report continues: “The quality of teaching is inconsistent. Too frequently, teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve are too low and they provide pupils with activities that do not challenge them at a suitable level. They rarely enable pupils to develop their independent learning skills well enough. For example, in lower key stage 2, too many tasks rely on worksheets, which limit the opportunity for pupils to write at length.
“As a result, learning tasks do not always meet the needs and abilities of all pupils well enough. In a minority of classes, where teaching is strong, teachers provide stimulating learning experiences and foster pupils’ independent learning skills well. In these classes, most pupils speak enthusiastically about their work. For example, they particularly enjoy taking part in a national writing competition.”
Leadership and management at the school were deemed unsatisfactory and in need of urgent improvement.
Regarding teaching, the inspectors said: “The quality of teaching is variable and, in a majority of classes, teachers do not challenge pupils at an appropriate level.
“Overall, leaders and managers do not monitor standards of teaching and learning rigorously enough. Currently, they do not demonstrate the capacity to bring about necessary improvements.”
Around 18% of the 156 pupils aged four to 11 are eligible for free school meals, which is in line with the average for Wales.
Putting the school in special measures Estyn made seven recommendations including to raise pupils’ standards in writing and numeracy across the curriculum and to improve teaching by raising teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve.
The school will now draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations to improve and. Estyn will monitor the school’s progress on a termly basis.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children
Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.
Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic. As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real. Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.
Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help. My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.
‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’
Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge. Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund.
‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most. I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’
If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb
Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package
A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.
People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.
However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.
That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.
Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.
“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.
“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.
“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”
The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.
The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.
Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit www.persimmonhomes.com or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.
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