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Championing a new curriculum through a school cluster

Primary schools in Barry have been working together since 2016 to prepare for curriculum development. Commitment, regular meetings, clear communication and shared knowledge and experiences have made the group a success. 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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Placing the rights of the child at the heart of curriculum development

Hafod Primary School develops pupils’ aspirations through shared values, including love, simplicity and tolerance. Pupils, who are from many diverse backgrounds, learn through an innovative curriculum that uses local resources and focuses on creative arts to improve skills. 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 >

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Working together to recognise strengths and plan an effective curriculum

Ysgol Cae Top’s leadership team audited their current curriculum, and made changes to how outcomes were measured, keeping pupils central to all decisions and activities as key to a successful curriculum. 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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Putting pupil voices at the centre of planning to develop independent learning

Monnow Primary School identified that their curriculum was not engaging pupils, or meeting their needs fully. The school has since addressed these issues and developed a vibrant and innovative skills-based curriculum by valuing pupil voice and its role in curriculum design. 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 >

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Supporting professional learning through action research

Teachers at Castell Alun High School have worked in teams to evaluate teaching looking at different themes as part of the school’s wider continuous professional development programme. Success can be attributed to a collaborative ethos that has generated high quality learning in the classroom and beyond. Read more >

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Promoting parents as partners supports school improvement

A relaxed coffee morning between parents and seniors leaders is just one of the many strategies adopted by Trelewis Primary School as part of its parental engagement. Wider stakeholder involvement has led to a more robust and accurate picture of the school’s own performance Read more >

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Developing whole school systems to bring about rapid improvement

Heolgerrig Community School has improved standards in reading and attendance as well as securing improvements through honest and accurate self-evaluation. Its improvement journey has taken the school out of special measures to performing above average in several areas. Read more >

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Effective partnership working between schools supports pupils’ transition between key stage 2 and key stage 3

New pupils at Tredegar Comprehensive School settle quickly and build on their previous learning, thanks to a positive relationship with cluster primary schools. Investment in a joint teacher development programme has also considerably benefited standards. Read more >

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Developing children’s social and emotional skills through community links

Children at Banana Moon Day Nursery regularly visit a local residential care home which benefits both parties. The children are able to develop their social and emotional skills and residents eagerly interact with them. Read more >

Learning through play in a real-life context

The creation of a ‘village’ at Cadoxton Primary School encourages children in the foundation phase to develop many skills by providing experiences in a real-life context. Read more >

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