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Effective professional dialogue

Effective professional dialogue

At Ysgol Bryngwyn School, Camarthenshire, teachers from different departments work together in ‘triads’ (groups of three) to help each other improve the quality of their teaching. Based on trust and open professional dialogue, the benefits brought about by these ‘triads’ have led to significant improvements in the quality of pupils’ learning. Read more >

Sixth form students reap the benefits of local partnership

Sixth form students reap the benefits of local partnership

The partnership working between Bishop Vaughan Catholic School and Morriston Comprehensive School, Swansea, provides sixth form students with a wide choice of subjects and vocational courses across the two sites. Through the well-designed strategies put in place to ensure the effectiveness of this partnership, there has been a positive impact on standards of education, the number of young people not in employment, education or training and the opportunities students have to fulfill their potential. Read more >

A holistic approach to improving attendance

A holistic approach to improving attendance

Ysgol Gymunedol Cefn Hengoed Community School, Swansea, has used a wide range of strategies that have significantly improved pupils’ attendance. A multi-agency approach that includes text messaging parents, targeting particular groups of pupils and setting up a breakfast club, has ensured improving attendance is a high priority and successful focus of the school’s work. Read more >

Developing a skills programme for all pupils

Developing a skills programme for all pupils

Ysgol Gymunedol Cefn Hengoed Community School, Swansea, appointed skills co-ordinators and introduced a range of strategies after identifying the need to improve pupils’ skills development. Working closely with partner primary schools, the school has adopted a holistic, cohesive approach to introducing a comprehensive skills development programme for pupils from key stage 1 through to key stage 4. Read more >

Getting to know you

Getting to know you

By integrating the school’s pastoral and academic work through a faculty system where each team focuses on the development of the ‘whole child’, Llangatwg Community School, Neath Port Talbot, provides outstanding care, support and guidance for its pupils. Pupils have the same faculty leader, staff and form tutors throughout their entire time at the school, which contributes significantly to the quality of professional relationships that develop, both within the team and between the team and the pupils. Read more >

Pride in the Welsh language brings success

Pride in the Welsh language brings success

More than 300 pupils in Treorchy Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taff, have achieved the highest GCSE grades in Welsh second language two years early and the highest AS grades one year early. The whole-school approach to Welsh language development, high-quality provision and effective transition from primary to secondary school has helped pupils throughout the school develop their Welsh language skills particularly successfully. Read more >

Broadening horizons

Broadening horizons

Two Welsh-medium schools in Swansea, Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr and Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe, have given pupils aged 14-19 more choice about learning and a wider variety of experiences thanks to their partnership working and resource sharing. Read more >

It all adds up

It all adds up

Tags: Numeracy

At Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr sixth form, Swansea, students have used their real-life experience of buying a car to develop their number skills and achieve level 3 in the Welsh Baccalaureate. Read more >

With a little help from my friends

With a little help from my friends

A peer-teaching observation scheme is proving a great success at Olchfa School, South Wales. The ‘critical friend’ service enables colleagues to be kept informed and receive constructive advice, while recognising, reinforcing and sharing good practice across departments. Read more >

Developing pupils’ financial skills makes economic sense

Developing pupils’ financial skills makes economic sense

Bishop Hedley Catholic High School, Merthyr Tydfil, places great importance on developing pupils’ financial knowledge, skills and understanding. Situated in an area of economic disadvantage, the school provides activities for pupils to take part in enterprise activities, meet with local business people and develop their skills in real-life situations. Read more >

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