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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 >

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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Raising standards in literacy and numeracy

Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Swansea, is committed to raising standards in literacy and numeracy as well as improving the level of achievement of more able and talented pupils. Teachers formed working groups to observe pupils and fed back in training sessions. Strategies were then developed to help pupils develop their skills. As a result, not only have staff skills been strengthened but pupils results have improved. Read more >

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Improving marking and assessment through pupil participation

Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi has demonstrated its inclusive ethos through the activities of the school council. The council regularly undertakes projects on aspects of school provision, providing pupils’ opinions on teaching strategies, reviewing the quality of marking and feedback, and raising awareness on all types of bullying, working closely with the Senior Leadership Team. Read more >

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Promoting pupil and parental engagement

Cwrt Sart Community Comprehensive School has adopted a number of strategies to promote pupil and parental engagement. Mentoring sessions enable useful 1:1 teacher / pupil discussions and agreed subject-based targets, Year 10 peer mentors work with younger pupils, and a parent support group set up by the ASD unit enables parents to discuss progress and celebrate their children’s success. Read more >

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