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Ofsted slams Great Yarmouth High's geography lessons

PUBLISHED: 16:01 09 March 2010 | UPDATED: 08:41 02 July 2010

The overall effectiveness of geography lessons at Great Yarmouth High School has been rated overall as inadequate by Ofsted.

The overall effectiveness of geography lessons at Great Yarmouth High School has been rated overall as inadequate by Ofsted.

Anthony Carroll

The overall effectiveness of geography lessons at Great Yarmouth High School has been rated overall as inadequate by Ofsted.

The overall effectiveness of geography lessons at Great Yarmouth High School has been rated overall as inadequate by Ofsted.

An Ofsted inspection on January 22 and 23 found that the quality of the school's geography curriculum and the geography staffs' leadership and management were inadequate.

The inspection did find that pupils' achievement and quality of teaching was satisfactory.

Ofsted Inspector Paul Brooker said the school's curriculum did not focus sufficiently on literacy, fieldwork or IT and that opportunities were missed to make geography relevant to pupils' everyday lives.

Mr Brooker said the subject leader was an experienced teacher, who ensured pupils made good progress in GCSEs.

But Mr Brooker went on to say there was a weakness in assessment, no clear vision for continued improvement and there was little evidence that teachers kept their subject knowledge up to date.

Although pupil/teacher relations were good, only a small proportion of pupils went onto study GCSEs with Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils making satisfactory and good progress respectively.

Ofsted said the school could improve by making classes more relevant for pupils, more systematic planning for developing pupils' skill and ensuring that marking better evaluates pupil progress.

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