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Reviewing approaches in meeting the needs of more able and talented pupils in response to curriculum reform in Wales

In meeting the needs of more able and talented pupils, Langstone Primary School has focused on developing a pedagogy driven by the four “core purposes” of the curriculum. A combination of class topics and a whole-school project approach provides pupils with a careful balance and breadth of opportunity. Time is given to study aspects of topics in depth and to develop, consolidate and embed knowledge and skills progressively across the school. Read more >

An innovative Welsh programme to challenge more able pupils

Treorchy Comprehensive School maintains a robust focus on ensuring that more able and talented pupils are supported and challenged through a range of effective strategies and provision, and in particular with the development of their Welsh language skills. Liaising with primary leaders and parents, the school places pupils in a fast-track Welsh programme, and also invites participation through a strong pupil-voice forum. Read more >

Using the Lead Creative Schools Scheme to extend mathematical and creative skills

Llandrillo yn Rhos Primary School used funding from the Lead Creative Schools Scheme to improve pupils’ skills in procedural maths, with a particular focus on challenging more able and talented pupils within a creative learning context. A creative project gave pupils the opportunity to work independently, to self-direct their learning and to challenge themselves with more advanced artistic and mathematical skills. Read more >

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Preparing to implement the new curriculum through involving pupils

At Mount Pleasant Primary School, staff training sessions were used to explore ‘Successful Futures’ creatively, developing literacy, numeracy and digital competence across the curriculum. Pupils participated in cross-cutting learning activities, taking ownership of the direction of learning. All staff and pupils have taken part in creating large displays in the hall, demonstrating the areas they have been developing. As a result of this very effective team spirit, pupils have better opportunities to influence the life and work of the school. Read more >

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Effective provision for pupils who have additional learning needs

Ysgol Heulfan has re-assessed provision to support their pupils learning needs. Through individual development plans and establishing key areas of development, pupils have focused on thinking, communication, ICT and number skills in day-to-day tasks. Collaborative learning has developed pupils’ personal and social skills. Family and community engagement projects have also enhanced pupils’ real-life skills. Read more >

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Rapid development of pupils’ oracy skills

Through close links with parents, therapists and highly trained practitioners, Ysgol Heulfan Primary School has helped to improve pupils’ oracy skills using a range of communication techniques from singing and signing, to speaking and listening using a bilingual vocabulary. Feedback and reporting recorded rapid progress throughout the school. Read more >

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Teachers work together to ensure strategies develop learners’ core skills

Ysgol Abercaseg has consistently high standards as a result of continuous self-evaluation activities. The school has developed strong strategies to support their learners, and teachers have worked together to make sure learners’ welfare and well-being are a priority. This has resulted in high standards, developing learners’ core skills and in particular, numeracy. Read more >

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Supportive nurture programme increases levels of pupils’ self-esteem

Gladstone Primary School are committed to supporting their pupils. Having breakfast clubs and designated areas allow pupils to talk openly about any physical or emotional concerns. Read more >

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Pupils’ voices matter

Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn encourage pupils to voice their opinions about the school in regular meetings. Groups of pupils discuss and share the specific priorities needed to improve areas within the school. As a result, pupils’ literacy, numeracy and ICT skills have developed. Read more >

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Striving for independent learning for all pupils

Ysgol Plascrug identified that the self-evaluation process for their learners’ independence was critical to the successful development of the proposed curriculum changes. They ensure that pupils have ownership over their learning, and ‘Pioneer Weeks’ have been developed based on topics suggested by the pupils. These weeks allowed teachers to refine their processes that are central to all learning experiences. Read more >

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