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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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Establishing behaviour groups

Christchurch CP School has established the “Sunflower Behaviour Group” in order to address the needs of specific pupils. Within this resource, the curriculum can be followed in a supportive environment, behaviour openly discussed, and good behaviour encouraged through positive reinforcement and reward. Pupils using it have shown significant improvement. Read more >

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Drama into writing

St Gwladys Bargoed Primary School has used the process and techniques of drama in order to motivate speakers, readers and writers in lessons. All staff have gained knowledge of a range of drama techniques, which they have integrated into lessons, thus providing intellectual and emotional engagement, and helping to shape the content of writing. Read more >

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Video: Parent partnership

Ysgol Morfa Rhianedd is a community primary school that provides Welsh medium education to pupils in Llandudno and the surrounding district and is maintained by Conwy County Borough Council. Cylch Meithrin Morfa Rhianedd is based in a purpose-built cabin in the school and provides education for children under five. Read more >