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Developing a skills programme for all pupils

Developing a skills programme for all pupils

Ysgol Gymunedol Cefn Hengoed Community School, Swansea, appointed skills co-ordinators and introduced a range of strategies after identifying the need to improve pupils’ skills development. Working closely with partner primary schools, the school has adopted a holistic, cohesive approach to introducing a comprehensive skills development programme for pupils from key stage 1 through to key stage 4. Read more >

Getting to know you

Getting to know you

By integrating the school’s pastoral and academic work through a faculty system where each team focuses on the development of the ‘whole child’, Llangatwg Community School, Neath Port Talbot, provides outstanding care, support and guidance for its pupils. Pupils have the same faculty leader, staff and form tutors throughout their entire time at the school, which contributes significantly to the quality of professional relationships that develop, both within the team and between the team and the pupils. Read more >

Pride in the Welsh language brings success

Pride in the Welsh language brings success

More than 300 pupils in Treorchy Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taff, have achieved the highest GCSE grades in Welsh second language two years early and the highest AS grades one year early. The whole-school approach to Welsh language development, high-quality provision and effective transition from primary to secondary school has helped pupils throughout the school develop their Welsh language skills particularly successfully. Read more >

Broadening horizons

Broadening horizons

Two Welsh-medium schools in Swansea, Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr and Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe, have given pupils aged 14-19 more choice about learning and a wider variety of experiences thanks to their partnership working and resource sharing. Read more >

It all adds up

It all adds up

Tags: Numeracy

At Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr sixth form, Swansea, students have used their real-life experience of buying a car to develop their number skills and achieve level 3 in the Welsh Baccalaureate. Read more >

With a little help from my friends

With a little help from my friends

A peer-teaching observation scheme is proving a great success at Olchfa School, South Wales. The ‘critical friend’ service enables colleagues to be kept informed and receive constructive advice, while recognising, reinforcing and sharing good practice across departments. 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 >

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 >

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