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Effectively supporting pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs

Effectively supporting pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs

Over the past few years Ceredigion Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) has strengthened pupils’ performance and improved wellbeing. A management committee monitors standards, curriculum and policies and challenges the PRU on performance. Self-evaluation is robust and a strong system is in place to track progress and monitor actions. Read more >

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 >

Helping young people to manage emotions and relationships

Helping young people to manage emotions and relationships

North Wales Adolescent Service, working under Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), has worked with psycholology and social work colleagues to develop a skills group to help teach young people how to effectively manage their emotions, relationships with others and to cope with difficult situations. Read more >

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 >

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