Taradale Primary School had its 6th ERO Review in October 2009. Here are 12 of the key comments made in the report.
Students are highly engaged and independent learners;
Staff have developed a strong learning community based on a team approach where everyone’s contribution is valued;
Students and teachers have opportunities to embrace leadership roles in a range of areas across the school;
The board, senior leaders and teachers have high expectations that students will achieve to their potential;
Student achievement in a wide range of competencies is recognized and valued by staff and trustees;
The Board of Trustees bring a variety of skills to their governance roles;
A range of consultative practices enable parents’ views to be sought and well considered;
‘The effectiveness of writing programmes on raising student achievement’
Students effectively use assessment to improve their own learning;
Teachers effectively support students to become independent and competent writers;
Teachers gather useful information about students writing and use it effectively to identify students’ needs;
Collaborative, collegial staff relationships contribute to the successful implementation of teaching initiatives in writing;
Robust self review of writing programmes across class levels promotes excellence;
ERO is very confident that the Board of Trustees can manage the school in the interests of the students and the Crown and bring about the improvements outlined in this report.
ERO is likely to carry out the next review in 4-5 years.