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Developing leaders’ capacity to improve teaching in a small school

St George Church in Wales Primary School is on a journey to improve the quality of teaching. Since the core inspection in May 2015, the headteacher has provided more opportunities for staff to view best practice in other schools and has worked with teachers to reach a shared understanding of what good practice looks like. Teachers have co-constructed a teaching charter, which they are now embedding into their daily practice. Read more >

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Maintaining a clear focus to improve the consistency of teaching

Through its consistent approach and focus, Neyland Community Primary School has successfully improved the quality of its teaching. After their core inspection in September 2014, leaders in Neyland Community Primary School reflected that they had previously been trying to do too many things at once and this had led to a lack of consistency and embedding of agreed practices. Leaders decided to focus on what mattered the most in order to bring about improvements in their school. They introduced a list of non-negotiables for all classes, which in partnership with teachers has evolved into a teaching and learning charter. Read more >

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Using a bespoke coaching and mentoring system to improve teaching

Oldcastle Primary School has a bespoke approach to coaching and mentoring for teachers based on their individual needs and stage of development, which has resulted in consistently good teaching practices across the school. The ability of senior leaders to take part in open and honest feedback has improved because of additional bespoke training on leadership and coaching. This means that all leaders are comfortable challenging their own and each other’s ideas about what makes good teaching. Read more >

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Teachers as Researchers

The headteacher at Ysgol Cynwyd Sant is committed to the concept of teachers as researchers. Senior leaders have introduced innovative ways to develop teachers’ research skills as part of their everyday work, and without overburdening them. Research now supports and underpins teachers’ professional development, performance management and school self-evaluation successfully. Read more >

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Creating the right atmosphere to talk about teaching

Leaders and members of staff at Ysgol Pencae have worked together successfully to develop a positive attitude and flexible approach to internal activities such as classroom observations, whole-school scrutiny of pupils’ books, and team and whole-school staff meetings. This has enabled staff to become more open with one another and given them the confidence to address concerns and solve problems together. Staff now more readily acknowledge and discuss strengths and weaknesses in teaching across the school. Read more >

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Rebuilding professional trust to improve the quality of teaching

Through listening carefully to staff, valuing their opinions and their work and providing beneficial professional development opportunities leaders at Rogerstone Primary School have successfully improved the quality of teaching across the school. Read more >

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Successfully addressing shortcomings in teaching

Leaders at Sketty Primary School have supported staff well to address the shortcomings in teaching and the variability of practice across the school. Through joint observations and the use of a buddy system, teachers now have a shared understanding of what constitutes good teaching and have higher expectations of what pupils can achieve. Read more >

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Creating a culture of shared responsibility to improve teaching

Solva Community Primary School has made very good progress since its core inspection in January 2015. Leaders and teachers now have high expectations about the quality of teaching in all classes. The school’s actions and meetings focus well on improving standards and all staff now take responsibility for improving teaching across the school not just in their own classrooms Read more >

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Using research findings and action research to improve teaching

In Maes-y-Coed Primary School, all staff are involved in action research projects to bring about improvements in teaching and learning. Leaders place a strong emphasis on staff reflecting on and analysing their own practice and that of their peers. This helps staff to staff to identify their own strengths and areas for development successfully. Read more >

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Ensuring effective support for vulnerable learners

Penllwyn Primary School has used a range of strategies specifically designed to meet the characteristic needs of disadvantaged learners. The school has reduced the barriers to learning and improved the outcomes for all children by devising a tracking system that assesses learners’ wellbeing, attendance, expected academic ability, behaviour and exposure to extra curricular activities to monitor their needs. Read more >

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