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The sound of success - using music to develop literacy skills

Music is a high priority at Rhydypenau Primary School where schemes of work focus on singing, playing, composing and appraising. Pupils regularly explore a range of instruments, which helps their wellbeing, team work and resilience. With careful planning, music is also used to achieve high standards in literacy through writing lyrics and turning poetry into song. The quality of pupils’ writing at the school has been acknowledged through several awards and national competitions. The wide range of musical experiences allows many opportunities for pupils to become engaged in their learning. Read more >

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Tracking pupils’ progress to improve standards of wellbeing and attainment

Highly skilled and dedicated staff at Ysgol Bro Gwydir deliver a variety of schemes and interventions that have had a significant effect on pupils’ standards of wellbeing and attainment. Pupils have benefited from a raising confidence club, a big adventure club, pupil focus groups and more. A system which tracks achievement and emotional development has been very successful in improving pupils’ outcomes and wellbeing. This ensures that teachers are able to focus on areas of development that their pupils need. Read more >

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Developing pupils’ skills and enthusiasm towards learning by creative planning and teaching

Rhosybol Primary School has developed pupils’ skills and independence within key stage 2 by planning and teaching more creatively. Pupils were divided into groups in line with their ability to complete tasks throughout the week. Assessment and monitoring of progression included pupil-led filming in the form of a ‘vlog’. Read more >

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Pupils’ Cabinet promotes independence and supports school life

A Cabinet of pupils with representatives from the school council and other committees successfully share information and drive initiatives across the school. Purposeful minutes help to set effective targets for each term. Overall, pupils’ independence has seen a positive improvement. Read more >

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Nurturing pupils’ learning journeys drives resilience and celebrates originality

Ysgol Llanfairpwllgwyngyll has sustained its high standards by focusing on pupils’ educational journey, rather than the the finished work. This has resulted in pupils becoming more independent and resilient and boosted creativity. Read more >

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Supporting pupils with English as an additional language to help them integrate

Westbourne School assesses the language ability of pupils who are learning English as an additional language before they start at the school. Pupils also have the opportunity to attend summer school prior to starting. Teachers promote high levels of pupil inclusion and encourage participation in activities, such as assemblies, charity events, international days and public speaking lessons. Read more >

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Communicating openly to help staff work more effectively with each other

All staff at Tŷ Coch Special School have been attending sessions to help them understand their own professional management style and their emotional intelligence. This has resulted in improved teamwork, consultation and communication. Staff also note greater clarity over roles, responsibilities and accountability measures. These sessions have had a positive impact on pupil outcomes. Read more >

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Helping learners with their Welsh language skills outside the classroom with additional provision

At learners’ request Dysgu Cymraeg Morgannwg has extended their range of Welsh language courses to help develop skills outside the classroom. These include reading/discussion groups in a variety of areas, held over the summer months with the support of experienced tutors. Read more >

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Using technology and developing pupils’ ICT skills

Johnstown Primary School support their pupils’ digital skills through using a range of technology and guiding them to use online resources. This includes pupils developing their digital competence in lessons and working together to write articles for the school’s online learning blog. Pupils then share their work with the rest of the school, parents and governors. This has also had a positive impact on enhancing literacy and numeracy skills and improving pupils’ confidence. Read more >

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Using yoga to raise standards of behaviour and improve concentration skills

Yoga sessions at Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel promote mindfulness and help pupils to relax, calm down and socialise. These sessions have improved concentration skills, foster resilience and encourage pupils to engage with learning. Read more >

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