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Whole-school dedication + innovation = better numeracy skills

Whole-school dedication + innovation = better numeracy skills

Tags: Numeracy

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin, Camarthen, has embedded numeracy in the curriculum across all subjects. Led by the mathematics department, senior managers followed specific pupils for a day, looking at how well skills learnt in mathematics lessons could be transferred to different situations. The school produced an action plan to develop this concept further. 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 >

Community partnership supports disadvantaged learners

Community partnership supports disadvantaged learners

Bishop Gore Comprehensive school’s commitment to supporting disadvantaged learners has made a significant impact on achievement, exclusion rates, understanding and tolerance. A close partnership with the local Ethnic Youth Support team has also helped to build strong community ties. Read more >

A whole-school approach to supporting disadvantaged learners

A whole-school approach to supporting disadvantaged learners

The core aims of Bryngwyn School, Llanelli, are to improve attendance, attitude and the achievement of disadvantaged learners. Their successful strategy using a skills-based curriculum has seen a marked improvement in many areas such as attendance, literacy, mathematics and English. Read more >

The key to success – demand and believe that pupils can achieve the highest standards possible

The key to success – demand and believe that pupils can achieve the highest standards possible

Caerleon Comprehensive School, Newport, continually insists on and achieves high standards in the classroom. This has been due to the development of a number of strategies, and an unwavering belief and confidence that the vast majority of pupils can and will achieve the highest standards possible. Read more >

In-house self-evaluation tool kit proves a success

In-house self-evaluation tool kit proves a success

Connah’s Quay High School, Flintshire, has developed an in-house self-evaluation tool kit that includes various support materials. This was designed to support the school’s ethos of high challenge and support. Both staff and learners were engaged in the extensive process of consultation that has been vital to the success of this initiative. Read more >

An innovative approach to support pupils from Occupational Traveller families

An innovative approach to support pupils from Occupational Traveller families

Penyrheol Comprehensive School, Swansea, adopted an innovative approach to support pupils from Occupational Traveller families. In 2010, they launched a pilot project designed to ensure continuity of education and provide regular contact with staff and other pupils. The pilot was a success and similar provision will be made available from the summer 2011. Read more >

Effective strategies to support Gypsy Traveller pupils

Effective strategies to support Gypsy Traveller pupils

St. Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School, Wrexham have developed effective strategies to support Gypsy Traveller pupils such as engagement with pupils and parents and working with the local youth service and the traveller education service teacher. Pupils are more confident, exclusion rates have fallen and participation in extra-curricular activities has increased. Read more >

An innovative, thematic approach to curriculum planning in Year 7 helps develop pupils’ literacy skills

An innovative, thematic approach to curriculum planning in Year 7 helps develop pupils’ literacy skills

At Ysgol Eirias, Conwy, the literacy skills developed by pupils in Year 7 provide a solid foundation for their progression through key stage 3. Following a curriculum that is designed to develop skills, pupils have clear objectives and their progression is regularly monitored and evaluated. Read more >

Rising to the literacy challenge

Rising to the literacy challenge

Tags: Literacy

Sandfields Comprehensive School, Neath Port Talbot, has raised standards in literacy through providing catch-up language workshops for pupils, providing staff training and analysing pupil performance data. Read more >

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