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Ofsted tells Orthodox primary pupils: 'Cut out the silliness'

Criticism links behaviour to ineffective teaching

    An Orthodox infant school for boys in Salford has been told to reduce instances of “silly” behaviour by pupils in class.

    The independent Torah Emes school, which is registered for children aged five to seven, has made progress since it was ranked “inadequate” by Ofsted in 2015.

    But after a return visit, inspectors said the school still “requires improvement” — the third of the four inspection grades.

    Standards in secular subjects other than reading and maths were lower than they should be, Ofsted found.

    Although conduct was generally high around the school, in some lessons teaching was ineffective and as a result, pupils behaved “in a silly way”.

    Pastoral care was seen as a strength and “leaders promote equality well, including the respect and understanding of all protected characteristics [under equality law], such as those relating to disability, race, faith and gender identity”.

     

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