Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Week In

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Week In

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Ofsted has continued to press for higher standards in primaries in areas that it regards as underperforming. Leeds and Sheffield have been warned about "inexcusable" standards in primaries in the latest batch of critical correspondence from the inspectorate.

A letter was sent to Leeds City Council after results showed that children in the city were performing below the national average in reading, writing, maths and science tests.

"However one compares outcomes for pupils' attainment at key stages 1 and 2 in Leeds, its performance, whether against national or regional figures, is weak," the letter states.

There was better news for a primary leader who resigned from his school two years ago after parents objected to him teaching children about homophobia. Andrew Moffat appeared in a "power list" of influential LGBT people this week. Now assistant head at Parkfield Community School in Saltley, Birmingham, he came 36th in the Independent on Sunday's "Rainbow List" after receiving 80 public nominations and being praised for his free resource Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools. …

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