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Rising to the literacy challenge

Rising to the literacy challenge

Tags: Literacy

Sandfields Comprehensive School, Neath Port Talbot, has raised standards in literacy through providing catch-up language workshops for pupils, providing staff training and analysing pupil performance data. Read more >

Ambition is the key to achievement

Ambition is the key to achievement

The Cathedral School has developed a culture of accountability through its robust self-evaluation process, the challenge it provides to pupils and its strong teaching practices. Using various activities to develop these elements, from appointing external teacher mentors, to annual reviews of teaching and learning, the school has reaped benefits at all levels. Read more >

Going for Gold!

Going for Gold!

The ‘Headmaster’s Award’ programme at The Cathedral School was designed to provide focus and achievement in key stage 3 to ensure pupils continue to progress when they reach Year 7. From being involved in charitable work to taking part in a sporting competition, learners complete various activities to further their skills in a particular area. Read more >

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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