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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

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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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Video: Top of its class

Bishop Gore School is an 11 to 18 comprehensive school situated in the Sketty area of Swansea. There are currently 1,213 pupils on roll. The percentage of pupils entitled to free school meals is significantly higher than the Welsh average. In its inspection, Bishop Gore gained the top Grades for all aspects of its work. Read more >

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Video: Tackling poverty through a multi-agency approach

Coedcae School, located in Carmarthenshire has 24% of pupils entitled to free school meals and 48% of learners come from the most deprived areas in Wales. The school ensures that they know their pupils and families well so that they can provide the correct support. Read more >

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Video: Tackling poverty though improving attendance

Cefn Hengoed Community School, Swansea, lies in the eleventh most deprived ward in Wales. Improving attendance is a strategic priority that has been explicit in the school development plan. Read more >

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