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School develops innovative learning experience for pupils

Cogan Primary School has improved standards and wellbeing throughout the school. Their learning culture has given staff the confidence to share approaches that result in better learning opportunities for pupils. A buddy initiative allows pupils to share their work and discuss their enjoyment for learning. It also provides an efficient source of informal monitoring for teachers. Read more >

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School encourages caring and inclusive learning environment

Pupils at Cogan Primary School benefit from a positive learning environment. It helps pupils to feel secure and enhances their learning. The school provides specific help to pupils with hearing difficulties, and encourage pupils and staff to use signing and other visual communication tools on a daily basis. The school celebrates diversity and inclusion by giving pupils the opportunity to learn about different cultures and religions. Read more >

Pupils and staff at Brynsierfel Primary

Raising standards of wellbeing among pupils and staff

Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel has an effective procedure for tracking and monitoring pupils’ wellbeing on a daily basis. The school holds intervention sessions to promote positive attitudes, enabling pupils to share their concerns, discuss their feelings and improve their self-control skills. Assemblies at the school discuss morals, and there are sessions to promote healthy and positive relationships, as well as classes for parents. A ‘Playground Buddy’ system is also in place to encourage pupils to include all of their peers in activities. Read more >

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Assessment for Learning and thinking skills

Gaer Primary School has raised standards for learners by establishing procedures for ‘assessment for learning’. These have had a significant impact in changing the culture in classrooms. Using coloured hats, pupils assess themselves and peers. This process has helped the pupils reinforce their learning by explaining ideas to others. Read more >

School council developing pupils' welfare and setting a strategic direction

Ysgol Beca has united several council groups to help work towards identifying areas of priority for the school and its pupils. Initially, the council gathered opinions using questionnaires from pupils to establish areas of concern. The council's approach has developed the sense of ownership and pride of pupils about their school. As a result, the dedication and enthusiasm of pupils to the work and life of the school is outstanding. Read more >

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Developing a curriculum that improves pupils' skills and enthusiasm for learning

Ysgol Beca has abandoned traditional lessons and used thematic learning periods in the afternoons to develop numeracy and literacy skills through science and ICT. Teaching has taken place in small groups rather than whole class learning. As a result of good planning, pupils have developed to very high levels and take pride and ownership of their work. Read more >

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Celebrating diversity to support well-informed, responsible and tolerant pupils

Clytha Primary School encourages pupils to make decisions, to be inquisitive and think independently by challenging stereotypes in pupils’ attitudes, choices, expectations and achievements. The school has developed highly effective links with a range of organisations, including Stonewall Cymru, Paralympians and Wales for Peace in support of pupils’ personal development. The school uses visitors from the community and beyond to engage all pupils in reflecting on their values. This has empowered pupils to develop as well-informed, responsible and tolerant citizens very successfully. Read more >

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Improving pupils’ wellbeing and attitudes to learning through curriculum enrichment

Empowered and inspired by the new curriculum, Maes yr Haul Primary School has introduced lunchtime and after-school clubs to extend the range of opportunities for pupils, encouraging them to try new activities to improve wellbeing. These include learning about growing plants in the gardening club and developing thinking skills in the coding club. As a result pupils’ standards have improved and staff confidence and expertise have developed. Read more >

Improving oracy skills using challenging texts

Tywyn Primary School has improved the standard of oracy skills across the whole school by using challenging texts to develop pupils’ spoken and performance skills. Staff have had training provided in speech and language therapy to identify groups for early intervention. Pupils analyse poetry and are encouraged to understand the characters and the underlying themes. As a result, pupils’ self-esteem has improved considerably and they are now more confident when performing for different audiences and purposes. Read more >

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Planning a more flexible and adaptable creative curriculum to engage pupils' interest

Pembrey Primary School has changed its approach to teaching by making its curriculum planning more flexible and adaptable in order to suit the interests of the pupils. Six learning zones have been created with resources that support and challenge the development of pupils’ skills. These zones have promoted independent learning through a pupil-led, creative curriculum. Pupils have made strong progress, working skilfully and making important decisions about their learning. Read more >

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