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Celebrating diversity to support well-informed, responsible and tolerant pupils

Clytha Primary School encourages pupils to make decisions, to be inquisitive and think independently by challenging stereotypes in pupils’ attitudes, choices, expectations and achievements. The school has developed highly effective links with a range of organisations, including Stonewall Cymru, Paralympians and Wales for Peace in support of pupils’ personal development. The school uses visitors from the community and beyond to engage all pupils in reflecting on their values. This has empowered pupils to develop as well-informed, responsible and tolerant citizens very successfully. Read more >

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Planning a more flexible and adaptable creative curriculum to engage pupils' interest

Pembrey Primary School has changed its approach to teaching by making its curriculum planning more flexible and adaptable in order to suit the interests of the pupils. Six learning zones have been created with resources that support and challenge the development of pupils’ skills. These zones have promoted independent learning through a pupil-led, creative curriculum. Pupils have made strong progress, working skilfully and making important decisions about their learning. Read more >

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Improving pupils’ wellbeing and attitudes to learning through curriculum enrichment

Empowered and inspired by the new curriculum, Maes yr Haul Primary School has introduced lunchtime and after-school clubs to extend the range of opportunities for pupils, encouraging them to try new activities to improve wellbeing. These include learning about growing plants in the gardening club and developing thinking skills in the coding club. As a result pupils’ standards have improved and staff confidence and expertise have developed. Read more >

Improving oracy skills using challenging texts

Tywyn Primary School has improved the standard of oracy skills across the whole school by using challenging texts to develop pupils’ spoken and performance skills. Staff have had training provided in speech and language therapy to identify groups for early intervention. Pupils analyse poetry and are encouraged to understand the characters and the underlying themes. As a result, pupils’ self-esteem has improved considerably and they are now more confident when performing for different audiences and purposes. Read more >

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Enhancing pupils’ entrepreneurial skills and improving standards

Craigfelen Primary School has developed a culture of collaboration and exploration for its pupils through the success of enterprises, such as a café and a local credit union. This has created an environment of learning opportunities and integrated the school into the community. Working with partners such as the Welsh Government, Gower College and University Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), workshops for teachers have provided opportunities for more innovation. Read more >

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Achieving high standards through pupil wellbeing

Craigfelen Primary School ensures pupils are happy, well-motivated and achieve high standards through an exciting and enriched curriculum, which prepares them for the future. All staff focus on developing their practice to provide interesting and engaging lessons. Read more >

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Improving pupil outcomes and wellbeing through a creative curriculum

Ysgol Cefn Coch has planned a curriculum that encompasses art, drama, music, film and digital media in order to engage pupils and enable success. Regular opportunities are provided for learners to create weekly radio programmes, in addition to television programmes and films on the school’s channel. The school has ensured that the work is relevant to the needs of today and develops competencies that will enable pupils to face challenges confidently in their future lives. Read more >

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The sound of success - using music to develop literacy skills

Music is a high priority at Rhydypenau Primary School where schemes of work focus on singing, playing, composing and appraising. Pupils regularly explore a range of instruments, which helps their wellbeing, team work and resilience. With careful planning, music is also used to achieve high standards in literacy through writing lyrics and turning poetry into song. The quality of pupils’ writing at the school has been acknowledged through several awards and national competitions. The wide range of musical experiences allows many opportunities for pupils to become engaged in their learning. Read more >

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Tracking pupils’ progress to improve standards of wellbeing and attainment

Highly skilled and dedicated staff at Ysgol Bro Gwydir deliver a variety of schemes and interventions that have had a significant effect on pupils’ standards of wellbeing and attainment. Pupils have benefited from a raising confidence club, a big adventure club, pupil focus groups and more. A system which tracks achievement and emotional development has been very successful in improving pupils’ outcomes and wellbeing. This ensures that teachers are able to focus on areas of development that their pupils need. Read more >

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Developing pupils’ skills and enthusiasm towards learning by creative planning and teaching

Rhosybol Primary School has developed pupils’ skills and independence within key stage 2 by planning and teaching more creatively. Pupils were divided into groups in line with their ability to complete tasks throughout the week. Assessment and monitoring of progression included pupil-led filming in the form of a ‘vlog’. Read more >

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