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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 >

Using distributed leadership to drive improvement

Using distributed leadership to drive improvement

Glasllwch C.P. School, Newport, has restructured its leadership team to build capacity throughout the school. Staff and governors work together in annual INSET days to identify areas for development. Governors play a key role in improving standards and pupils are given frequent opportunities to undertake leadership roles in the classroom. Read more >

Music therapy helps emotional and behavioural development

Music therapy helps emotional and behavioural development

Christchurch (C.I.W) Voluntary Aided Primary School, Swansea, uses music therapy to help children with emotional and behavioural problems. Staff use music to engage children in order to structure their social and emotional development and help them progress. Read more >

Playtime learning

Playtime learning

Bedwas Infant School, Caerphilly, has developed their playground so that pupils have the opportunity to learn through play. Teaching assistants facilitate different play areas and offer additional support to vulnerable groups. The schools standards of wellbeing are high and attendance has improved. Read more >

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