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“The Plaza”, a shared learning area

Undy Primary School has established a shared learning area, called The Plaza, where Years 5 and 6 pupils can visit in order to complete tailored activities that build on skills taught in lessons. The activities promote decision-making and collaborative learning, and the approach allows a good balance between classroom teaching and independent learning. Read more >

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Using an “app” to encourage independence in learning

Ysgol y Graig Primary School uses a digital application (app) to try new approaches to learning. Teachers record adults reading stories and pupils use the tool to identify success criteria for different genres of writing. They listen and observe others, dissect text, record their own evaluations and edit their work, thus developing their independence in learning. Read more >

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Video: Tackling poverty through raising aspirations

Ysgol Y Castell Primary School in Carmarthenshire is in an area of high deprivation with 38% of pupils are currently entitled to free school meals. The school organises trips abroad to enrich the learning experiences of its disadvantaged pupils. Read more >

Respecting rights

An inclusive ethos and culture promotes effective pupil participation

Hafod Primary School, Swansea, has developed a framework of values to promote citizenship, tolerance, and diversity. Pupils are taught to respect every individual’s rights. Teachers, governors and parents are all expected to adhere to the values and there has been a positive effect on the school community as a result. Read more >

Reducing anti-social behaviour in the community

Reducing anti-social behaviour in the community

Hafod Primary School, Swansea, has worked hard to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the community. The school works closely with other agencies to identify groups of pupils involved in anti-social behaviour. Staff then explore the reasons behind poor behaviour and develop intervention programmes to help individual pupils. Read more >

Involving pupils in school policies

Involving pupils in school policies

Llanmiloe C.P. School, Carmarthenshire, involves all pupils in the school self-evaluation process. Pupils are given the opportunity to contribute their thoughts on school policies and have helped to create the ‘Pupil Anti-Bullying Policy’. Children feel valued and take more responsibility for their learning. Read more >

Learning Support Assistants lead on intervention programmes

Learning Support Assistants lead on intervention programmes

Herbert Thompson Primary School, Cardiff, uses an effective pupil tracking system to monitor pupil progress and identify additional learning needs. The school has trained Learning Support Assistants to lead on a range of intervention programmes. Pupils receive well-targeted support and Learning Support Assistants experience a new skill. Read more >

Developing staff skills to improve standards for all learners

Developing staff skills to improve standards for all learners

Focussing on skills, aspirations and positive values is just as important for staff as it is for pupils at Herbert Thompson Primary School, Cardiff. Staff are encouraged to develop their skills and are offered training opportunities to enhance their leadership potential. Read more >

Creating a shared vision with whole school improvement planning

Creating a shared vision with whole school improvement planning

Milton Infant School, Newport, introduced annual training for whole school self-evaluation and improvement planning. Before training, staff complete a questionnaire which then forms the basis of discussions. By involving all staff in planning, the school has an honest and open environment as well as shared aims and aspirations. Read more >

Enhancing learning through pupil participation

Enhancing learning through pupil participation

Glasllwch C.P. School, Newport, gives pupils the opportunity to contribute to school improvement and decision making. The school uses a number of methods to encourage pupil participation and has increased pupils’ motivation and standards. Read more >

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