Problems being tackled at school in special measures

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A Worcestershire high school put into special measures by school inspectors has "started to tackle the key causes of underperformance."

Tenbury Wells High School was put into special measures in January after Ofsted inspectors said the achievement of pupils and the quality of teaching was inadequate.

However, a monitoring inspection undertaken in February found school governors and the headteacher had identified and started to tackle underperformance while the local authority was providing a consultant to lead teacher training and development in the school two days a week.

The senior leadership team of the school had also been restructured to give greater delegation to middle leaders.

Inspectors also found governors and senior leaders had now rigorously connected teachers' performance to pay.

The school had commissioned an external review of mathematics and suggestions made to improve the progress of more-able students.

Governors were also better at analysing school data.

Inspectors said the action taken had already improved teaching and described the quality of marking and feedback to students as "noticeably better" than last term.

However, they also said there remained a tendency for teachers to step in too soon giving the students the answer.

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