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Making all staff accountable for the quality of teaching

Leaders at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen have worked successfully to create a culture of shared responsibility for improving teaching. All members of the school’s leadership team have improving teaching as one of their core responsibilities. After support and professional development, middle leaders have increasing accountability for the quality of teaching in their departments. All teachers have a performance management target relating to improving teaching. Read more >

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Using evidence-based teacher led professional development sessions to improve teaching at a whole school level

Professional learning is a high priority in Ysgol Uwchradd Abertifi and leaders have invested considerable time and finance into this priority. The professional learning opportunities afforded to staff have led to better teaching practices and a much greater consistency in delivering good teaching across the school. Giving teachers the chance to lead professional learning activities has strengthened the school’s leadership capacity. Read more >

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Trusting staff to lead on improving pedagogy and practice

At Pontarddulais Comprehensive School the combination of the culture created and nurtured by the headteacher and headship team and their trust in aspiring leaders to lead and manage whole school developments, has ensured excellent outcomes and innovative approaches to pedagogy over time. Read more >

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The ‘Y Pant Way’

Y Pant Comprehensive School has developed a whole school approach to pedagogy, which staff understand and apply consistently. This approach places a strong emphasis on professional learning and results in highly consistent and effective classroom practice. Read more >

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GROWing through coaching

Nearly all staff at Dŵr y Felin Comprehensive School understand the importance of quality teaching and are partners in the school’s improvement journey. Staff feel empowered to try new approaches, knowing they can reflect on their successes and areas to develop with colleagues through the coaching sessions, meetings and teacher learning networks. Read more >


Establishing a whole school approach to teaching

Within a remarkably short space of time, Tredegar Comprehensive School’s approach to improving teaching has enabled staff to establish shared pedagogical principles and a common language for discussing teaching and learning. Staff have a consistent whole school approach to classroom practice and have benefitted from many opportunities to work together to share good practice and to develop ideas and resources. Read more >

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Improving the skills of middle leaders to bring about improvements in teaching

Leaders at King Henry Vlll Comprehensive School have successfully embedded a peer review programme that has enabled middle leaders to strengthen significantly their skills and capacity to bring about improvements in teaching and standards. Through their involvement in a comprehensive range of self-evaluation activities that focus clearly on the relationship between effective teaching and pupil progress middle leaders now, make an effective contribution to school improvement. Read more >

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Making better use of observations to support teachers

Leaders at Tonypandy Community College have improved their ability to use lesson observations to support teachers to develop aspects of their practice. Leaders identify well shortcomings that need addressing across the school or are pertinent to groups or individuals. Through a range of whole school development sessions, bespoke coaching packages and the use of video technology the college has improved the quality and impact of teaching. Read more >

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Effective partnership working between schools supports pupils’ transition between key stage 2 and key stage 3

New pupils at Tredegar Comprehensive School settle quickly and build on their previous learning, thanks to a positive relationship with cluster primary schools. Investment in a joint teacher development programme has also considerably benefited standards. Read more >


Supporting professional learning through action research

Teachers at Castell Alun High School have worked in teams to evaluate teaching looking at different themes as part of the school’s wider continuous professional development programme. Success can be attributed to a collaborative ethos that has generated high quality learning in the classroom and beyond. Read more >