WHILE STANDARDS in English teaching are not improving fast enough across the country, a Pimlico school has been singled out for its achievements.
Grey Coat Hospital CofE School, in Grey Coat Place, was praised for demonstrating best practice in its teaching of English.
According to a Ofsted report published last week, effective schools have strong direction from leaders who understand the subject's importance and place it at the centre of their drive for improvement.
Very effective schools include activities using information and communication technology to motivate pupils and develop literacy skills.
Rachel Allard, headteacher of Grey Coat Hospital, said English teaching was taken seriously at her school.
She added: "Our English teachers communicate their enthusiasm for literature and students are encouraged to be avid readers throughout their time at school.
"Discussion is taken seriously in lessons. Students learn to listen reflectively, to test their own responses and to use words well to express their ideas with developing precision.
"Ofsted inspectors highlighted a need to identify and share examples of good or outstanding practice if English is to improve further.
They noted that English teachers should focus on a number of important areas, including helping children and young people to become independent learners, improving the quality of assessment and improving the teaching of writing.
Pupils should also be given engaging activities and a good stimulus to read more widely and to express their ideas in speech and writing.
For more information, see the report at www.ofsted.gov.uk/englishatthecrossroads