Primary school education in the Wakefield district came under fire from Ofsted recently, prompting a local company to step in and do its bit to help improve things.
Sandal man Adam Pugh has donated thousands of free planners to schools across the district through his not-for-profit organisation Free School Planners.
The ‘homework diaries’ are designed to boost home to school communication and contain lots of useful information on things like bullying and internet safety, as well as activities based around literacy and numeracy skills.
The books have been approved by Wakefield Council for distribution to local schools.
Angela Galley is business manager at Hendal Primary School. She said: “The planners are lovely and are proving popular with children, staff and parents. They are full of useful information that is relevant to our school curriculum and will be put to good use.”
A damning Ofsted report recently judged Wakefield council to be ineffective in supporting primary school improvement.
It followed a November inspection prompted by concerns over pupil achievement and the below average number of schools judged to be good or outstanding.
Mr Pugh’s background is in printing and publishing for schools and he firmly believes the planners, which do not contain any advertising and are not sponsored, can help make a difference.
He said: “I am a local man and this scheme is only for Wakefield because I want to give something back to the community. The response has been great and use of the planners has even won schools praise from Ofsted.
“Meetings with council officials who vetted the books also concluded they are a brilliant way forward to help schools improve their performance and their Ofsted results.”
To secure some planners for your school call 07967 166007.