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Developing learner’s transferable skills

Developing learners' transferable skills

Coleg Elidyr, Carmarthenshire, is committed to developing learners’ transferable skills. The college reviewed how subject lessons could help develop skills such as literacy, numeracy, social and communication skills. Staff were trained in how to integrate the teaching of transferable skills in subject-specific lessons and learners are more confident as a result. Read more >

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Raising standards in literacy and numeracy

Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Swansea, is committed to raising standards in literacy and numeracy as well as improving the level of achievement of more able and talented pupils. Teachers formed working groups to observe pupils and fed back in training sessions. Strategies were then developed to help pupils develop their skills. As a result, not only have staff skills been strengthened but pupils results have improved. Read more >

Monitoring learner experience

Monitoring learner experience

After expansion, ITEC Training Solutions Ltd, Cardiff, wanted to ensure that learner experience was at a top priority and developed a central way to measure feedback. The ITEC Data Responsiveness Internal Survey System (IDRIS) was created to monitor the quality of learning. Learners are asked to input feedback through IDRIS at three points during their learning. The tool then provides data and action is taken based on the feedback. Read more >

Managing behaviour

Managing behaviour

Heronsbridge School, Bridgend, has introduced a behaviour management programme to help improve pupil communication and independence. Staff received training to ensure a consistent approach across the school and the method of recording incidents was improved. As a result, pupils are able to receive personal support plans and the number of behavioural issues has decreased. Read more >

Putting wellbeing first

Putting wellbeing first

Little Scholars Nursery, Wrexham, has developed a strategy to promote children’s wellbeing. The nursery focusses on staff interaction, providing challenging experiences and positively encouraging children’s voice. The strategy is effective - children feel valued, have higher levels of confidence and increased independence. 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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Improving marking and assessment through pupil participation

Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi has demonstrated its inclusive ethos through the activities of the school council. The council regularly undertakes projects on aspects of school provision, providing pupils’ opinions on teaching strategies, reviewing the quality of marking and feedback, and raising awareness on all types of bullying, working closely with the Senior Leadership Team. 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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Promoting pupil and parental engagement

Cwrt Sart Community Comprehensive School has adopted a number of strategies to promote pupil and parental engagement. Mentoring sessions enable useful 1:1 teacher / pupil discussions and agreed subject-based targets, Year 10 peer mentors work with younger pupils, and a parent support group set up by the ASD unit enables parents to discuss progress and celebrate their children’s success. Read more >

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