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Tollgate Primary

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Summary

Tom Canning, headteacher at Tollgate Primary School in east London, describes how he and his team turned around a crisis of parental confidence and a diminishing school role to create a truly vibrant school.

In just four years, Tollgate has gone from bleak to beautiful; its environmental transformation echoing an impressive rise in standards and attainment.

They overhauled the playgrounds, smartened up the interiors, invested in expert teaching skills and scrutinised their data, resulting in dramatically raised standards.

AfL played a huge part in improving learning and teaching, and opening up the school to the community helped improve attitudes and re-build parental confidence.

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