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Effective provision for pupils who have additional learning needs

Ysgol Heulfan has re-assessed provision to support their pupils learning needs. Through individual development plans and establishing key areas of development, pupils have focused on thinking, communication, ICT and number skills in day-to-day tasks. Collaborative learning has developed pupils’ personal and social skills. Family and community engagement projects have also enhanced pupils’ real-life skills. Read more >

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Rapid development of pupils’ oracy skills

Through close links with parents, therapists and highly trained practitioners, Ysgol Heulfan Primary School has helped to improve pupils’ oracy skills using a range of communication techniques from singing and signing, to speaking and listening using a bilingual vocabulary. Feedback and reporting recorded rapid progress throughout the school. Read more >

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Striving for independent learning for all pupils

Ysgol Plascrug identified that the self-evaluation process for their learners’ independence was critical to the successful development of the proposed curriculum changes. They ensure that pupils have ownership over their learning, and ‘Pioneer Weeks’ have been developed based on topics suggested by the pupils. These weeks allowed teachers to refine their processes that are central to all learning experiences. Read more >

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Creating a professional culture of consistently high expectations

Leaders at Lliswerry High School have created a culture where teachers have consistently high expectations. They have provided timely and relevant professional development for staff. All staff participate in networks of professional practice and joint learning networks. This has led to a sense of collective responsibility for continually improving pedagogy and practice. Read more >

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Making all staff accountable for the quality of teaching

Leaders at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen have worked successfully to create a culture of shared responsibility for improving teaching. All members of the school’s leadership team have improving teaching as one of their core responsibilities. After support and professional development, middle leaders have increasing accountability for the quality of teaching in their departments. All teachers have a performance management target relating to improving teaching. Read more >

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Using evidence-based teacher led professional development sessions to improve teaching at a whole school level

Professional learning is a high priority in Ysgol Uwchradd Abertifi and leaders have invested considerable time and finance into this priority. The professional learning opportunities afforded to staff have led to better teaching practices and a much greater consistency in delivering good teaching across the school. Giving teachers the chance to lead professional learning activities has strengthened the school’s leadership capacity. Read more >

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Encouraging teachers to talk and learn from each other

Leaders at Deighton Primary have encouraged teachers to talk to each other and learn from each other. Overtime, teachers have opened their classrooms to their colleagues and have shared their practice with and learnt from other schools. Teachers in the school are confident and ready to take measured pedagogical risks and try new approaches and strategies in order to continue to develop professionally. Read more >

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Creating a culture of professional reflection and learning

Senior leaders at Hafod Primary School ensure that all teachers have opportunities to innovate, collaborate and lead initiatives that affect the school’s teaching and pedagogical practices positively. Read more >

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Keeping pupils at the centre of teaching and learning

At Gladestry Church in Wales Primary School, there are exceptional levels of respect between pupils and staff. Teachers are determined that pupils should lead aspects of their own learning and facilitate this through their excellent teaching practices. The school is well on its way to exemplifying many of the pedagogical principles that underpin the new curriculum. Read more >

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Sustaining excellence in teaching

Herbert Thompson Primary School provides high quality professional learning opportunities for its entire staff. These opportunities link well to classroom practice and are supported by effective coaching. The professional learning activities build the capacity of all staff and enable them to ‘aim for excellence’ in their teaching. Read more >

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