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Effective provision for pupils who have additional learning needs

Ysgol Heulfan has re-assessed provision to support their pupils learning needs. Through individual development plans and establishing key areas of development, pupils have focused on thinking, communication, ICT and number skills in day-to-day tasks. Collaborative learning has developed pupils’ personal and social skills. Family and community engagement projects have also enhanced pupils’ real-life skills. Read more >

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Rapid development of pupils’ oracy skills

Through close links with parents, therapists and highly trained practitioners, Ysgol Heulfan Primary School has helped to improve pupils’ oracy skills using a range of communication techniques from singing and signing, to speaking and listening using a bilingual vocabulary. Feedback and reporting recorded rapid progress throughout the school. Read more >

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Striving for independent learning for all pupils

Ysgol Plascrug identified that the self-evaluation process for their learners’ independence was critical to the successful development of the proposed curriculum changes. They ensure that pupils have ownership over their learning, and ‘Pioneer Weeks’ have been developed based on topics suggested by the pupils. These weeks allowed teachers to refine their processes that are central to all learning experiences. Read more >

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Encouraging teachers to talk and learn from each other

Leaders at Deighton Primary have encouraged teachers to talk to each other and learn from each other. Overtime, teachers have opened their classrooms to their colleagues and have shared their practice with and learnt from other schools. Teachers in the school are confident and ready to take measured pedagogical risks and try new approaches and strategies in order to continue to develop professionally. Read more >

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Creating a culture of professional reflection and learning

Senior leaders at Hafod Primary School ensure that all teachers have opportunities to innovate, collaborate and lead initiatives that affect the school’s teaching and pedagogical practices positively. Read more >

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Keeping pupils at the centre of teaching and learning

At Gladestry Church in Wales Primary School, there are exceptional levels of respect between pupils and staff. Teachers are determined that pupils should lead aspects of their own learning and facilitate this through their excellent teaching practices. The school is well on its way to exemplifying many of the pedagogical principles that underpin the new curriculum. Read more >

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Sustaining excellence in teaching

Herbert Thompson Primary School provides high quality professional learning opportunities for its entire staff. These opportunities link well to classroom practice and are supported by effective coaching. The professional learning activities build the capacity of all staff and enable them to ‘aim for excellence’ in their teaching. Read more >

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Sharing excellence in teaching

One of Ysgol Gynradd Parcyrhun’s most effective procedures to ensure consistency and high standards in terms of teaching is the monitoring week that it holds each term. The monitoring week has a high profile in the school’s termly calendar and is a forum to enable leaders at all levels to evaluate teaching and learning and share good practice. Read more >

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Developing leaders’ capacity to improve teaching in a small school

St George Church in Wales Primary School is on a journey to improve the quality of teaching. Since the core inspection in May 2015, the headteacher has provided more opportunities for staff to view best practice in other schools and has worked with teachers to reach a shared understanding of what good practice looks like. Teachers have co-constructed a teaching charter, which they are now embedding into their daily practice. Read more >

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Maintaining a clear focus to improve the consistency of teaching

Through its consistent approach and focus, Neyland Community Primary School has successfully improved the quality of its teaching. After their core inspection in September 2014, leaders in Neyland Community Primary School reflected that they had previously been trying to do too many things at once and this had led to a lack of consistency and embedding of agreed practices. Leaders decided to focus on what mattered the most in order to bring about improvements in their school. They introduced a list of non-negotiables for all classes, which in partnership with teachers has evolved into a teaching and learning charter. Read more >

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