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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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Sharing excellence in teaching

One of Ysgol Gynradd Parcyrhun’s most effective procedures to ensure consistency and high standards in terms of teaching is the monitoring week that it holds each term. The monitoring week has a high profile in the school’s termly calendar and is a forum to enable leaders at all levels to evaluate teaching and learning and share good practice. Read more >

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Trusting staff to lead on improving pedagogy and practice

At Pontarddulais Comprehensive School the combination of the culture created and nurtured by the headteacher and headship team and their trust in aspiring leaders to lead and manage whole school developments, has ensured excellent outcomes and innovative approaches to pedagogy over time. Read more >

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The ‘Y Pant Way’

Y Pant Comprehensive School has developed a whole school approach to pedagogy, which staff understand and apply consistently. This approach places a strong emphasis on professional learning and results in highly consistent and effective classroom practice. Read more >

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Developing leaders’ capacity to improve teaching in a small school

St George Church in Wales Primary School is on a journey to improve the quality of teaching. Since the core inspection in May 2015, the headteacher has provided more opportunities for staff to view best practice in other schools and has worked with teachers to reach a shared understanding of what good practice looks like. Teachers have co-constructed a teaching charter, which they are now embedding into their daily practice. Read more >

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Maintaining a clear focus to improve the consistency of teaching

Through its consistent approach and focus, Neyland Community Primary School has successfully improved the quality of its teaching. After their core inspection in September 2014, leaders in Neyland Community Primary School reflected that they had previously been trying to do too many things at once and this had led to a lack of consistency and embedding of agreed practices. Leaders decided to focus on what mattered the most in order to bring about improvements in their school. They introduced a list of non-negotiables for all classes, which in partnership with teachers has evolved into a teaching and learning charter. Read more >

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Using a bespoke coaching and mentoring system to improve teaching

Oldcastle Primary School has a bespoke approach to coaching and mentoring for teachers based on their individual needs and stage of development, which has resulted in consistently good teaching practices across the school. The ability of senior leaders to take part in open and honest feedback has improved because of additional bespoke training on leadership and coaching. This means that all leaders are comfortable challenging their own and each other’s ideas about what makes good teaching. Read more >

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Teachers as Researchers

The headteacher at Ysgol Cynwyd Sant is committed to the concept of teachers as researchers. Senior leaders have introduced innovative ways to develop teachers’ research skills as part of their everyday work, and without overburdening them. Research now supports and underpins teachers’ professional development, performance management and school self-evaluation successfully. Read more >

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Creating the right atmosphere to talk about teaching

Leaders and members of staff at Ysgol Pencae have worked together successfully to develop a positive attitude and flexible approach to internal activities such as classroom observations, whole-school scrutiny of pupils’ books, and team and whole-school staff meetings. This has enabled staff to become more open with one another and given them the confidence to address concerns and solve problems together. Staff now more readily acknowledge and discuss strengths and weaknesses in teaching across the school. Read more >

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