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Using distributed leadership to drive improvement

Using distributed leadership to drive improvement

Glasllwch C.P. School, Newport, has restructured its leadership team to build capacity throughout the school. Staff and governors work together in annual INSET days to identify areas for development. Governors play a key role in improving standards and pupils are given frequent opportunities to undertake leadership roles in the classroom. Read more >

Music therapy helps emotional and behavioural development

Music therapy helps emotional and behavioural development

Christchurch (C.I.W) Voluntary Aided Primary School, Swansea, uses music therapy to help children with emotional and behavioural problems. Staff use music to engage children in order to structure their social and emotional development and help them progress. Read more >

Playtime learning

Playtime learning

Bedwas Infant School, Caerphilly, has developed their playground so that pupils have the opportunity to learn through play. Teaching assistants facilitate different play areas and offer additional support to vulnerable groups. The schools standards of wellbeing are high and attendance has improved. Read more >

Partnership with parents

Partnership with parents

Ysgol y Foryd, Conwy, uses a number of strategies to involve parents in school life in order to raise standards, provide early intervention and tackle disadvantage. The school works closely with families and both the self esteem and attainment of pupils has improved. Read more >

Creating a learning culture

Creating a learning culture

Teachers at High Cross Primary School, Newport, are encouraged to use professional development to improve the quality of learning for pupils. The school has worked hard to establish a learning culture amongst staff. Teachers are given the opportunity to further their own knowledge, share information and refine processes as a result of learning. Read more >

Early intervention addresses children’s needs and improves standards

Early intervention addresses children’s needs and improves standards

High Cross Primary School, Newport, uses early intervention to address the growing diversity of needs presented by the children. The school has developed a range of processes and specially trained staff in order to provide targeted interventions based on the needs of the pupils. Read more >

Family learning

Family learning

Miskin Primary School, Rhondda Cynon Taff, focussed on improving the wellbeing of pupils by involving parents in learning. The school introduced a range of activities and initiatives with partners to bring the family into the centre of learning and has succeeded in enhancing the quality of provision for pupils and parents. Read more >

Business enterprise improving skills

Business enterprise improving skills

At Llanyrafon Primary School, Torfaen, business enterprise projects provide all year groups with the opportunity to apply their skills to real life situations. The school encourages pupils to plan, run and assess their businesses in order to develop their literacy, numeracy and life skills. Read more >

Improving the leadership structure using best practice

Improving the leadership structure using best practice

After their Estyn inspection in 2012, Gwaunmeisgyn Primary School, Rhondda Cynon Taff, decided to review their leadership structure. The senior management team adopted a systematic approach to review the effectiveness of the current structure. They looked at key features of the leadership model at best practice schools and devised their own model. Read more >

Parents take an active part in school life

Parents take an active part in school life

St David's C.I.W. Primary School, Cardiff, identified the importance of parental involvement in supporting children’s learning. The school has worked hard to implement a structure that fully involves parents in school life, including introducing a parent council and parent workshops. Read more >

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