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Welsh second language comes first

Welsh second language comes first

Standards in Welsh second language at Plascrug C.P. School, Ceredigion, are excellent, despite less than 1% of pupils coming from homes where Welsh is the main language. The school gives high priority to preparing pupils to become part of a bilingual society promoting strongly the use of incidental Welsh. Many staff have benefited from a range of courses and classes which have helped them to improve their bilingual skills and teach more effectively through the medium of Welsh. Read more >

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Parent council helps to raise standards and attainment levels

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The parent council at Herbert Thompson Primary School, Cardiff, has played a vital role in developing strong links with staff and parents. Staff are more aware of individual pupil’s needs and are able to monitor and track pupils’ progress. Parents are more engaged in their child’s education. Over the past four years, standards in education and pupils’ skills have improved significantly. Read more >

Literacy brings results

Literacy brings results

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Shirenewton Primary School, Monmouthshire, has used a wide range of highly effective strategies to significantly improve pupils’ literacy skills. These include fast-paced sessions with no downtime, ensuring that all pupils are active participants in their learning and firm emphasis on the direct teaching of phonics. The success of these approaches is evident in the much-improved teacher assessments. Read more >

Professional learning enhances the quality of education and helps improve outcomes

Professional learning enhances the quality of education and helps improve outcomes

Over the past six years, three primary schools in the Vale of Glamorgan have worked closely together to improve learning and teaching in their schools. The headteachers and senior staff at Barry Island Primary School, Rhws Primary School and Romilly Primary School have established successful professional learning communities, for example, focusing on assessment for learning, improving investigative science work and enhancing the use of the outdoor environment. These projects have helped to improve the quality of education and enabled pupils to achieve better outcomes. Read more >

Governing body effectively holds school to account

Governing body effectively holds school to account

Governors at Ysgol Emmanuel clearly understand the school’s performance and the needs of pupils and staff, rigorously holding it to account for the standards it achieves. They have been allocated clear roles for specific aspects of the school's performance and play an active role in monitoring and evaluating standards. Read more >

The fast-track to success

The fast-track to success

Treorchy Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taff, was the first school in Wales to receive a national award for its achievement in supporting more able and talented children. The school’s success in developing fast-track provision for these pupils has led to outstanding results at GCSE and to particularly high numbers of pupils studying mathematics, modern foreign languages and Welsh second language at A level. Read more >

 Focussing on pupil voice

Focussing on pupil voice

Ysgol y Castell, Carmarthenshire, ensures that pupil voice is at the heart of planning, provision and evaluation. Pupils and their families work with staff and supporting agencies to plan focused learning activities. Staff ensure that pupils feel included and valued. Read more >

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Peer observation

Romilly Primary School has set up a Peer Observation Project, which allows teachers to observe lessons being delivered by their colleagues. Having identified an area of perceived weakness in a year group, teachers plan collaboratively for a forthcoming lesson, then observing as it is delivered, prior to formal feedback. This has ensured greater consistency in delivery of lessons across classes. Read more >

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Engaging and supporting parents and families

Wrexham Early Years Centre has developed several initiatives to engage and support parents and families, including “learning stories” to highlight children’s achievement, tailored support for parents about particular issues, and visits to families on request to help manage challenging behaviour. The results have been positive for both parents and their children. Read more >

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Setting up nurture groups for children and parents

Romilly Primary School has piloted a nurture group class for pupils identified as struggling emotionally or socially, creating a “home from home” environment and tracking their progress. This has had a positive impact on their wellbeing and ability to integrate back into the classroom. Courses are also run for parents, helping them to support their children’s learning. Read more >

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