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‘Good’ and satisfactory’ ratings for Black Isle school after Education Scotland inspection

By Philip Murray

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Munlochy Primary School. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Munlochy Primary School. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Inspectors have given a Black Isle school a mix of ‘satisfactory’ and ‘good’ ratings following their most recent visit.

Staff from Education Scotland visited Munlochy Primary School back in February for their most recent inspection.

And the school received a 'good' rating for its work t "ensure wellbeing, equality and inclusion', as well as three 'satisfactory' scores elsewhere. These were for its 'leadership of change', its 'learning, teaching and assessment', and its efforts to raise attainment and achievement.

Commenting on its findings, a spokesperson for Education Scotland, in a letter to parents said it had found a number of “strengths” in the school’s work. These included the “strong relationships” the headteacher had developed across the school community, adding that he “has an ambitious vision for the school which is leading to improvement”.

Inspectors also noted that teachers are “beginning to use verbal feedback and questioning well to enhance and extend children’s thinking and learning” and also added that “there is strong collaborative working between staff in the school.

“They work effectively together to provide a nurturing and caring environment which supports all children well.”

Munlochy Primary School. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Munlochy Primary School. Picture: James Mackenzie.

However, the inspectors also found some areas for improvement, which they discussed with the headteacher and a Highland Council representative.

“As planned, the headteacher should involve all stakeholders in improvement activities using clear and measurable outcomes,” explained the inspectors. “This will support staff to evaluate more accurately the progress they are making and increase the pace of change.

“Teachers should continue to improve the quality of learning and teaching across the school. They should ensure children experience consistently high-quality learning and appropriate challenge across the curriculum.”

“Teachers should continue to develop fully their understanding of national expectations and use reliable evidence to understand the progress children are making. This should support them to plan learning at the correct level of difficulty for all children leading to improved attainment.”

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