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Dirleton Primary School praised for progress

Published Tuesday 27th February 18

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Dirleton Primary School's Head Teacher has written to all parents to advise them of the positive outcome of visits from the authority and Education Scotland, following their last inspection in 2016.

A recent visit carried out by members of the Education Service noted a number of key strengths:

  • a wide variety of effective teaching strategies being used
  • teachers providing valuable feedback to children to help them improve as learners
  • the development of comprehensive learning profiles for children that have additional needs
  • a clear curriculum rationale is in place that reflects the local context and community, providing a very good range of stimulating learning contexts
  • attainment across the school continues to improve.

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education, said:

“A school visit was carried out recently at Dirleton Primary School to evaluate the progress made since Education Scotland’s inspection at the end of 2016, which was a follow up visit to their initial inspection in 2015.

“The review team carried out a range of evaluative activities including observing learning and teaching, reviewing documentation, and talking to the school management team, staff and pupils.

“I am pleased to report that the school has maintained significant momentum in making improvements, ensuring that outcomes for children are continuing to improve. The teamwork and professionalism of the staff, and their commitment to working with their colleagues in Education to ensure these outcomes must be commended.

"Following our visit, Education Scotland also conducted a short review visit. They agreed with our assessment that the school has continued to improve all aspects of its work and retains a strong focus on improving learning and teaching, developing the curriculum and improving attainment. I am pleased to report that they have advised us that there will be no further inspection activity related to the 2015 inspection.”

Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, added:

“I would like to thank all the staff in Education, the Head Teacher Brian Moody, and all of the school staff and children at Dirleton Primary School for their hard work in making these notable improvements. Thanks must also go to parents, carers and the wider school community for their efforts. It is great to note that officers made a special mention of the children’s efforts and observed them to be well motivated, engaged and enthusiastic learners.

“I am really pleased to hear that no further inspections are planned at the school, and I am absolutely confident the school is committed to making continuous improvements and that it will continue to go from strength to strength.”

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