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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 >

Believe the HYPE and CHAT about it!!!

Believe the HYPE and CHAT about it!!!

100% of pupils in Year 7 feel safe at their school. 100% of Year 7 pupils feel positive about their Form Group. Too good to be true? Read more >

The SMART pupils of South Wales

The SMART pupils of South Wales

Pupils at Olchfa School, Swansea, are more reflective, confident and independent thanks to an innovative programme which has been developed and run by a team of experienced practitioners. Read more >

A story of resilience and persistence

A story of resilience and persistence

Pupils at Sandfields School in Port Talbot, South Wales, make good progress in reading, writing and problem solving despite facing many difficult learning, social and economic challenges. Read more >

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