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Equipping learners with a vocational future

Equipping learners with a vocational future

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HMP Usk in Monmouthshire is equipping learners with vocational skills that are in high demand and offering industry recognised qualifications, to increase employability and encourage a stable and crime-free life both in custody and on release. Read more >

Science initiative inspires pupils

Science initiative inspires pupils

Monmouth School, Monmouthshire, established its science initiative in 2008. The innovative partnership arrangement with five local schools set out to improve outcomes and influence the career choices of local sixth form pupils. The school has used a number of strategies to inspire pupils to pursue a career in science and noticed a higher uptake of the subject at degree level. Read more >

Pupils’ life skills develop from their community work

Pupils’ life skills develop from their community work

Rydal Penrhos School, Conwy, fosters pupils’ sense of community and understanding of service to others from a very early age. Their extensive extra-curricular programme involves pupils in a wide range of community work, from working with charities to hosting tea parties for elderly residents. 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 >

Effective transition from primary to secondary school

Effective transition from primary to secondary school

Porthcawl Comprehensive School, Bridgend, has worked hard to make the transition between primary and secondary schools as smooth as possible for pupils. The school works closely with feeder schools to identify children who might find the move more difficult. The school then liaises with pupils and families to help resolve any problems before they change schools. Read more >

Affective strategies improve behaviour and wellbeing

Affective strategies improve behaviour and wellbeing

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe, Swansea, has worked hard to improve pupils’ standards, attitudes, behaviour, confidence and wellbeing. Staff including teachers, administrative staff, site staff, technicians and lunchtime staff were all trained to help pupils develop skills to problem solve and manage their own behaviour. Read more >

Teacher coaching programme underpins excellence

Teacher coaching programme underpins excellence

All teachers at Cardiff High School are part of a coaching programme giving them support, guidance and professional development. The school focuses relentlessly on improvement and encourages all teachers to become resilient lifelong learners. Read more >

Strategies to reduce barriers to progress and ensure support for every pupil

Strategies to reduce barriers to progress and ensure support for every pupil

Maesteg School, Bridgend, has implemented ways to ensure that pupils are able to overcome barriers that impact on their progress in education. A carefully designed system has ensured that tailored, in-depth and specialised support is provided for pupils and has resulted in an increase in wellbeing and standards. Read more >

Supporting vulnerable groups of pupils

Supporting vulnerable groups of pupils

Cathays High School, Cardiff, places great importance on tracking the progress and achievement of vulnerable groups of pupils such as those with English as an additional language. Over 63 different languages are spoken as a first language in pupils’ homes and 70% of pupils have English as an additional language. The school’s effective strategies to support all pupils’ achievement have had a clear impact on standards of education. 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 >

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