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School’s culture is focused on children’s rights

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llwynderw have embedded children’s rights into its culture, raising pupils’ wellbeing. Pupils have a sense of ownership of their school and contribute to its improvement. Pupil’s’ behaviour is excellent and the level of commitment to learning has also improved. Children’s rights have become a real and meaningful part of daily life for each pupil, which has led to increased attendance. Read more >

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School helps pupils develop independent IT skills

Pupils at St Julian’s Primary School have become more independent in their use of IT, thanks to the school’s digital competence framework. Pupils are using IT more purposefully and are better applying their digital skills in class. The culture of digital learning is increasing with pupils using IT more effectively inside and outside of school. Read more >

Parents help children learn at home

Supporting parental engagement through workshops

Parental engagement has improved at St Julian’s Primary School, thanks to family workshops and events. They give parents the opportunity to support learning and wellbeing, both at home and in school. The workshops involve parents working with their child to see what is being taught in school so that they can continue their learning at home. Parents’ confidence in helping their children learn has improved, which has had a positive impact on pupil wellbeing. Read more >

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School develops the pupil voice

Pupil voice is at the heart of all aspects of school life at Ysgol Dolbadarn. The school’s aim is for all pupils to take ownership of what they learn and express their views on extra-curricular activities. This leads to pupils successfully developing their knowledge, understanding and skills. By giving pupils a regular input into the content of their lessons, evidence shows that pupils have more interest, enthusiasm and ownership of their education. Read more >

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Tracking system helps pupils to achieve targets

Pupils at St John’s College make clear progression throughout the year, thanks to a refined tracking system. The aim of the tracking system is to support and challenge pupils to achieve their best. Targets are set termly, which helps to encourage independent learning and self-reflection. Form tutors discuss the targets with the pupils and make SMART targets for improvement for the next term. This allows them to take ownership of their learning and progress. Read more >

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Developing strong personal values at school

Pupils at Coed Eva Primary School are encouraged to take part in pupil participation groups, which has helped them to develop strong personal values. By taking on a wide range of responsibilities, pupils have enhanced their leadership skills. The scheme has had a positive impact on standards of behaviour and wellbeing, and has improved teaching and learning. Pupils remain motivated and engaged as they have a say in what and how they learn. Read more >

Pupils working together in classroom

Creating strategies to develop pupils’ independence

Staff at Coed Eva Primary School have taken part in research to create strategies based on pupils’ attitudes to learning. The strategies were created to develop pupils’ confidence, independence and ability to overcome challenges in their learning. The school promotes a culture of inquiry and discovery by developing characters with relevant stories. These characters give pupils the opportunity to develop their independent learning skills, and reflect on how they can use the characters’ learning traits in their lessons. Read more >

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Tracking progress to support pupils’ additional learning needs

Ysgol Esgob Morgan has a pupil centred-approach to additional learning needs. Staff track pupil progress in detail to identify learners who require additional support. An intervention package allows staff to see which pupils need to be added to, or removed from the intervention programme. This approach ensures that all staff are empowered to support pupils who have additional learning needs. Standards have increased, and the majority of pupils made progress in spelling, reading and maths. Read more >

Children taking part in play

School offers a flexible approach to learning

When studying a local war hero pupils were encouraged to use their own opinions to shape their history lessons. As the project grew it influenced the class in a new direction. Pupils gained a sense of personal achievement by knowing that their ideas contributed to changes in what they studied. Pupils were given an open approach to class planning, which enabled them to produce their own play on their research findings. Read more >

College staff works with school pupil to look at next step choices

Empowering students to explore different education pathways

By working closely with schools, Gower College is empowering 14-16 year olds to explore all education pathways available to them. The kick start programme offers students the chance to explore a variety of sectors before making a decision on further study, training or employment. The college’s links with schools is allowing them to break down the barrier to further education and higher level skills. Read more >

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