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Pupils work with staff to influence what they learn

Heronsbridge Special School skilfully-organised pupil participation opportunities contribute to developing pupils’ self-confidence and social skills. Over time, many pupils develop their independence and take increasing responsibility for themselves and their learning in line with their needs and ability. Read more >

Pupils help develop school strategic direction

Ysgol Penmaes focuses on developing varied participation opportunities for the whole-school community and recognises that this has a positive impact on relationships throughout the school. They have developed structures and support to allow all pupils to contribute to the school improvement journey. Read more >

Sharing expertise with parents, carers and schools

Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn is the regional centre for autism in North Wales. It engages closely with parents, carers and with schools and colleges to share its expertise through support, guidance and a wide range of training courses. Read more >

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Developing partnerships paves way to greater pupil engagement

Tags: Behaviour

With an ever increasing demand for their services, Ysgol Hen Felin managed to maintain a happy learning environment for pupils with severe behavioural and sensory difficulties. Recognising the specialism of one of their partners, they developed a new approach to manage pupils’ behaviours. This led to higher pupil wellbeing and lower behaviour incidents. Read more >

Technology plays a significant role in helping pupils to achieve their potential

Technology plays a significant role in helping pupils to achieve their potential

Tags: ICT

Tŷ Gwyn Special School, Cardiff, has invested in new information and communication technology to help improve pupils’ communication skills and break down barriers to learning. Read more >

Using Person Centred Planning across the school

Using Person Centred Planning across the school

Tags: Planning

Person Centred Planning is at the heart of reviewing pupil progress at Crownbridge Special Day School, Torfaen. This model has transformed their learner review process and includes information from the pupils, parents and a range of partners. Crucially, this approach has improved pupil performance. Read more >

Effective planning and high expectations: the secret to success

Effective planning and high expectations: the secret to success

Effective assessment strategies, child-centred planning and high expectations have ensured that pupils at Ysgol Pen Coch, Flintshire have made good progress by receiving the right kind of support and learning. Read more >

Partnerships pay off for pupils with special educational needs

Partnerships pay off for pupils with special educational needs

Portfield Special School in Pembrokeshire work effectively with nearby secondary schools and colleges to increase inclusion and widen the range of subjects available to their pupils. Pupils from Portfield can also share lessons and break times with mainstream peers. Pupils’ social development has improved as well as their academic achievement. Read more >

Leading the way online

Leading the way online

Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Flintshire, has invested in the latest technology to improve teaching and learning and equip students with the skills they will need in the future, whilst ensuring their online safety. Staff use a particular software tool that improves the quality of teaching and learning in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and across the curriculum. It has contributed to a more student-centred learning approach and promoted greater independence across the school. Read more >

A philosophy of inclusion

A philosophy of inclusion

Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Flintshire, has a clear philosophy that every student has the right to have his or her individual needs met. Although pupils have a wide range of special educational needs, the school took advantage of the amalgamation of three special schools to develop an inclusion programme that offers distinct and appropriate individual pathways. These pathways enable around half of the pupils to attend mainstream classes, developing their skills, confidence and independence and to follow accredited courses. Read more >

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