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Improving the skills of middle leaders to bring about improvements in teaching

Leaders at King Henry Vlll Comprehensive School have successfully embedded a peer review programme that has enabled middle leaders to strengthen significantly their skills and capacity to bring about improvements in teaching and standards. Through their involvement in a comprehensive range of self-evaluation activities that focus clearly on the relationship between effective teaching and pupil progress middle leaders now, make an effective contribution to school improvement. Read more >

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Making better use of observations to support teachers

Leaders at Tonypandy Community College have improved their ability to use lesson observations to support teachers to develop aspects of their practice. Leaders identify well shortcomings that need addressing across the school or are pertinent to groups or individuals. Through a range of whole school development sessions, bespoke coaching packages and the use of video technology the college has improved the quality and impact of teaching. Read more >

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Transforming lunchtime helps improve children’s behaviour and self-esteem

Bellevue Nursery has dramatically improved lunchtimes from being a mess to a success! By introducing crockery, cutlery, vases for flowers and much more, children learnt how to treat these resources carefully, the value of respect and reinforce responsibilities. Encouraging children to develop their conversational and social skills has resulted in happy, confident and independent children. Read more >

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Ensuring effective support for vulnerable learners

Penllwyn Primary School has used a range of strategies specifically designed to meet the characteristic needs of disadvantaged learners. The school has reduced the barriers to learning and improved the outcomes for all children by devising a tracking system that assesses learners’ wellbeing, attendance, expected academic ability, behaviour and exposure to extra curricular activities to monitor their needs. Read more >

Discussion sessions identify opportunities for radical reform

The headteacher at Ysgol y Faenol conducted a series of discussion sessions for staff, enabling them to identify radical opportunities to embed the four purposes of curriculum reform. Initiatives resulting from these include oracy projects, collaborative learning projects and the strengthening of pupil voice. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation and planning and preparation. Read more >

Developing pupils’ skills across the curriculum

Staff at Cwmfelinfach Primary School keenly adapted curriculum provision to focus more clearly on developing pupils’ skills across the curriculum. This has included transferring skills from ICT sessions to cross-curricular work, increasing pupils’ involvement in their local community, and working collaboratively with a nearby school. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation and planning and preparation. Read more >

Innovation through teamwork

Bryn Deva County Primary School develops good practice through internal reflective practice projects, places pupil wellbeing as the number one priority, and selects curriculum themes according to pupils’ needs and interests. A boatbuilding project on the River Dee proved a creative way of improving boys’ literacy. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, planning and preparation, and realising change. Read more >

Planning the curriculum to ensure creative experiences for pupils

In reviewing the curriculum, Ysgol y Dderi resolved to adapt its planning to develop literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum. Staff and pupils jointly contribute and are flexible to change. Visitors to the school have inspired and enriched learning opportunities. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, planning and preparation, and realising change. Read more >

A skills-based curriculum with more local contexts

Kitchener Primary has adapted its curriculum to focus more on what pupils want to learn, using more local contexts for learning. A flexible timetable is being trialled, to enable the exploration of topics in more depth and to provide further challenge. Regular sessions with parents also help to raise awareness. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, and planning and preparation. Read more >

Creative and stimulating activities through pupil immersion days

Senior leaders developed a plan for professional learning, enabling staff to engage in international curriculum research. All staff are now able to monitor, evaluate and review curriculum changes and actively participate in joint planning for change. As part of these changes, pupil immersion days provide a variety of creative and stimulating activities, and during transition all pupils mind map their interests and topics for future learning. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, and planning and preparation. Read more >

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