Some quotes from the Ofsted Report
“The curriculum is good. It is supported by a clear set of aims based on a deep knowledge and understanding of the needs of pupils with a specific learning difficulty. Detailed planning, for individual subjects and for a rolling programme of topics, ensures that all of the required areas of learning are taught.”
“There is a suitable balance between subjects and, in accordance with the school’s aims, a strong emphasis is given to developing pupils’ literacy skills. Individual tutorials and work in small groups are used to good effect.”
“Teachers have good specialist knowledge of approaches to help pupils who have dyslexia and associated difficulties and they draw on a good range of resources to support learning.”
“Teachers use a wide variety of activities which help to capture pupils’ interest, for example, short breaks for exercise or ‘brain gym’, drama and practical tasks. These often involve pupils working together and discussing their ideas which help to further develop pupils’ social and team working skills.”
“Pupils make good progress, especially in reading. Many have a history of struggling to read and write and enter the school with a much lower level of attainment than expected for their age. Teachers use praise and encouragement well to boost pupils’ confidence and give pupils strategies which help them to ‘make sense’ of text. The intensive work provided in small groups, and in individual tutorials, is particularly effective in accelerating progress. Homework is used well to reinforce the learning of key words. Work is marked regularly using positive comments, although most feedback is given verbally which gives pupils a good understanding of how well they are progressing. A range of evidence, including assessment data and samples of work, is used to record pupils’ progress over time. It shows that pupils make substantial gains in their learning. By the time they leave, pupils have gained a better understanding of their own learning needs and almost all return successfully to a mainstream school.”
CreSTeD is the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils.
What does this mean?
This means that Chiltern Tutorial has met rigorous criteria to teach children with dyslexia and other associated learning differences. Our school is visited regularly to ensure we continue to meet the criteria set by CReSTeD. CReSTeD is supported by the British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Action, Dyslexia-SpLD Trust & Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre