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A systematic approach to learning

Staff at Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos have created a co-ordinated and systematic approach to learning. Every pupil has access to a bespoke curriculum tailored to their specific needs. The blend of teaching strategies has an extremely positive effect on pupils’ achievement and wellbeing. Diagnostic tools are used to track and monitor pupils’ progress, wellbeing and behaviour. The monitoring process demonstrates that most pupils, including those with additional learning needs, make good and often very good progress. Read more >

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Giving pupils the power to learn

Ysgol Y Foryd supports pupils’ progress and development as independent learners by using assessment for learning strategies. Staff teach the pupils to face challenges and use mistakes as learning opportunities. They are given constructive feedback to help them to understand what they need to do to improve their work. Pupils contribute to lesson planning with ideas of what they would like to learn, and how they can achieve this. They are independent in their learning and can identify what they need to do in order to improve their work. Read more >

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Harnessing pupil enthusiasm

Staff at Trinant Primary School collaborated with pupils on what they would like to learn. Together they co-constructed their own learning journey. This process ensured that learning didn’t become predicable and static. The school used grants to fund real-life experiences, ranging from crime scene investigations to critically reviewing theatre performances. These activities instantly engaged pupils and helped to develop a culture of enquiry, innovation and exploration. Pupils’ enthusiasm is harnessed and this motivates them to be successful. Read more >

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Governing body help strengthen school improvement

Trinant Primary governors bring a variety of strengths and expertise to the school. The governing body are fully committed to school improvement and undertake their responsibilities seriously. Their work follows the school’s self-improvement toolkit and feeds into the school’s self-evaluation process. Training has had a positive impact on the effectiveness of the governing body. They have regular involvement in school life which allows them to work as part of a team and share a common goal in seeking a high level of success for pupils. Read more >

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Making learning experiential

Staff at Ewloe Green Primary School are making learning come alive by catering for all types of learners through practical methods. This has boosted pupils’ confidence and engaged those who have previously been reluctant to participate. The school focuses on six areas of learning throughout the year, which link with the new curriculum in Wales. Making learning experiential has given pupils the opportunity to voice their opinions on how they learn. Read more >

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Developing leadership skills

Pupils at St Joseph's RC Primary School are encouraged to take on a wide range of responsibilities to improve their leadership skills. Children from Year 2 to Year 6 make up the School Parliament. This has an effect on pupils’ independence, collaboration skills and attitudes to learning. By developing actions that will impact the school, pupils feel valued and are developing into confident individuals. This sense of ownership ensures that they are motivated and helps them to improve their problem-solving skills. Read more >

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Creating a strategic framework

Leaders at Rhos Street School developed the link between self-evaluation, performance management and target setting to create strong and sustained pupil progress. The school set up a framework to ensure their vision and priorities are implemented successfully. Setting targets to develop literacy and numeracy standards have had a positive impact on pupils’ progress. As a result of this approach, the majority of pupils leave the school with skills above expectation. Read more >

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Developing good reading habits

Alltwen Primary School improved pupils’ reading standards by running a weekly internet reading café. This allowed them to work with parents to increase the frequency of reading opportunities and improve reading habits. Nearly all pupils who attended the scheme made progress and increased their reading age. The majority of pupils are reading more at home. The scheme also allowed the school to develop positive relationships with parents. Read more >

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School helps pupils develop independent IT skills

Pupils at St Julian’s Primary School have become more independent in their use of IT, thanks to the school’s digital competence framework. Pupils are using IT more purposefully and are better applying their digital skills in class. The culture of digital learning is increasing with pupils using IT more effectively inside and outside of school. Read more >

Parents help children learn at home

Supporting parental engagement through workshops

Parental engagement has improved at St Julian’s Primary School, thanks to family workshops and events. They give parents the opportunity to support learning and wellbeing, both at home and in school. The workshops involve parents working with their child to see what is being taught in school so that they can continue their learning at home. Parents’ confidence in helping their children learn has improved, which has had a positive impact on pupil wellbeing. Read more >

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