Urgent measures introduced at Cruden Bay primary school

Port Erroll School in Cruden Bay was told by Education Scotland that it had made insufficient progress since an inspection was held back in 2016.
Port Erroll School in Cruden Bay was told by Education Scotland that it had made insufficient progress since an inspection was held back in 2016.

Buchan councillors are to be advised of a number of urgent measures set to be put in place to tackle issues recently raised by inspectors at a village primary school.

Port Erroll School in Cruden Bay was told by Education Scotland that it had made “insufficient progress” since an inspection was held back in 2016.

Children in the nursery and school were found to be becoming more involved in talking about their learning.

But inspectors felt that teachers needed to develop “clearer and more consistent ways” in which they are measuring and recording the progress children are making in their learning.

HM Inspector David Drysdale said: “The school is not yet in a position where it can clearly evidence improvements being made in children’s attainment.

“There needs to be a clear and agreed approach to monitoring and tracking children’s progress in learning across the school and nursery class.”

Councillors will be told that another key area for development was in the meeting of the needs of individual learners and working in collaboration with children, parents and partners to identify next steps in learning.

In a report to go before the council’s Buchan Area Committee later today, the authority says the school will now work in partnership with council attainment officers to develop a “robust monitoring and tracking system”.

This will ensure progression in learning based upon a wide range of evidence and includes target setting which is aspirational.

Working parties will also be formed with the parent and pupil body and a greater focus placed on self-evaluation.

In addition, to ensure that all children are having their needs and aspirations met through learning that is well-paced and appropriately challenging, the council says moderation will now take place at the planning phase while a more “collegiate approach” to planning will be adopted.

Following the inspection, a council spokesperson said: “We are pleased that the inspectors have recognised the efforts the headteacher and senior leadership team are making to consult with children, staff and parents on reviewing the school’s values, aims and vision. It is also satisfying that they have taken into account the improvements in the health and wellbeing of all pupils.”