School helps improve UK standards

A Duffield school has been held-up as an example of best practice in a new report by education watchdog Ofsted.

The Ecclesbourne School is cited in mathematics: made to measure, which recommends ways in which standards can be improved across the UK.

Inspectors assessed teaching methods in various schools to compile the report to the Department for Education.

As one of the most in-demand secondaries in Derbyshire, with more than 1,450 pupils on its roll, Eccelsbourne has achieved the top grade of “Outstanding” in its past four Ofsted inspections.

After completing their study, of Ecclesbourne and other schools, Ofsted decided to produce support materials to help schools identify and remedy weaknesses in mathematics.

It also suggested that the Department for Education take action to raise national mathematical ambition and improve pupils knowledge and understanding.

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said: “We must all play our part to ensure that all pupils receive the best possible mathematics education.

“Ofsted will support schools to learn from the best, those with the best teaching and assessment and a well organised, mathematically rich, engaging curriculum.”

Ecclesbourne, which was opened in 1957 in the grounds of Duffield Hall, teaches pupils aged between 11 and 18.

In 2011 it became a technology and arts academy which caused a two day strike by some teachers.