Clore Shalom criticised by inspectors


A second Jewish primary school in a week has been downgraded by Ofsted inspectors.

The cross-communal Clore Shalom in Shenley Hertfordshire, has dropped from good to a school that “requires improvement” after an inspection last month.

It follows the publication of a critical report last week into Rosh Pinah in Edgware, which fell from good to inadequate.

Inspectors said that the early years teaching at the 238-pupil Clore Shalom was “not effective enough” and did not “always challenge or engage children, particularly those of lower ability”.

Early years children were “not encouraged to tidy up after themselves after completing a task or activity. This means classrooms often appear untidy and disorganised. This prevents children from developing concentration and pride in their work”.

Teaching across the school varied, which had a “negative impact on the progress children make from class to class”.

While children achieved well in maths, they did not make enough progress in a number of other subjects, Ofsted found.

“When marking pupils’ work, teachers rarely provide helpful advice to pupils about how to improve and move on in their learning”.

Inspectors also noted that information provided to governors on the quality of teaching was “more positive than what was observed during this inspection”.

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