The Inspector Calls

How one school achieved an outstanding Ofsted rating for PE John Hellins Primary School near Towcester was the subject of a PE subject inspection in February 2006. On paper, the school had already assessed itself as ‘good’, but Ofsted Inspector Howard Todd was sufficiently impressed to give it an ‘outstanding’ rating. In this programme, Howard revisits the school to explain how they achieved this rating.

PE co-ordinator David Tebbutt is observed teaching gymnastics. The objectives of the lesson are clearly set out, and David’s in-depth professional knowledge is seen being applied. Much emphasis is placed on peer assessment as a means of raising standards. Swimming lessons are of an equally high quality, with the class differentiated into four ability groups. Outside the curriculum, the school has a broad range of playtime and after-hours activities, ensuring that the Government’s 2-plus-2-hour target is easily met. Finally, there is an effective professional development programme to support teachers in activities such as dance.

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