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Rebuilding professional trust to improve the quality of teaching

Through listening carefully to staff, valuing their opinions and their work and providing beneficial professional development opportunities leaders at Rogerstone Primary School have successfully improved the quality of teaching across the school. Read more >

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Successfully addressing shortcomings in teaching

Leaders at Sketty Primary School have supported staff well to address the shortcomings in teaching and the variability of practice across the school. Through joint observations and the use of a buddy system, teachers now have a shared understanding of what constitutes good teaching and have higher expectations of what pupils can achieve. Read more >

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Creating a culture of shared responsibility to improve teaching

Solva Community Primary School has made very good progress since its core inspection in January 2015. Leaders and teachers now have high expectations about the quality of teaching in all classes. The school’s actions and meetings focus well on improving standards and all staff now take responsibility for improving teaching across the school not just in their own classrooms Read more >

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Ensuring effective support for vulnerable learners

Penllwyn Primary School has used a range of strategies specifically designed to meet the characteristic needs of disadvantaged learners. The school has reduced the barriers to learning and improved the outcomes for all children by devising a tracking system that assesses learners’ wellbeing, attendance, expected academic ability, behaviour and exposure to extra curricular activities to monitor their needs. Read more >

Discussion sessions identify opportunities for radical reform

The headteacher at Ysgol y Faenol conducted a series of discussion sessions for staff, enabling them to identify radical opportunities to embed the four purposes of curriculum reform. Initiatives resulting from these include oracy projects, collaborative learning projects and the strengthening of pupil voice. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation and planning and preparation. Read more >

Developing pupils’ skills across the curriculum

Staff at Cwmfelinfach Primary School keenly adapted curriculum provision to focus more clearly on developing pupils’ skills across the curriculum. This has included transferring skills from ICT sessions to cross-curricular work, increasing pupils’ involvement in their local community, and working collaboratively with a nearby school. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation and planning and preparation. Read more >

Innovation through teamwork

Bryn Deva County Primary School develops good practice through internal reflective practice projects, places pupil wellbeing as the number one priority, and selects curriculum themes according to pupils’ needs and interests. A boatbuilding project on the River Dee proved a creative way of improving boys’ literacy. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, planning and preparation, and realising change. Read more >

Planning the curriculum to ensure creative experiences for pupils

In reviewing the curriculum, Ysgol y Dderi resolved to adapt its planning to develop literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum. Staff and pupils jointly contribute and are flexible to change. Visitors to the school have inspired and enriched learning opportunities. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, planning and preparation, and realising change. Read more >

A skills-based curriculum with more local contexts

Kitchener Primary has adapted its curriculum to focus more on what pupils want to learn, using more local contexts for learning. A flexible timetable is being trialled, to enable the exploration of topics in more depth and to provide further challenge. Regular sessions with parents also help to raise awareness. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, and planning and preparation. Read more >

Creative and stimulating activities through pupil immersion days

Senior leaders developed a plan for professional learning, enabling staff to engage in international curriculum research. All staff are now able to monitor, evaluate and review curriculum changes and actively participate in joint planning for change. As part of these changes, pupil immersion days provide a variety of creative and stimulating activities, and during transition all pupils mind map their interests and topics for future learning. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, and planning and preparation. Read more >

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