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Developing strong personal values at school

Pupils at Coed Eva Primary School are encouraged to take part in pupil participation groups, which has helped them to develop strong personal values. By taking on a wide range of responsibilities, pupils have enhanced their leadership skills. The scheme has had a positive impact on standards of behaviour and wellbeing, and has improved teaching and learning. Pupils remain motivated and engaged as they have a say in what and how they learn. Read more >

Pupils working together in classroom

Creating strategies to develop pupils’ independence

Staff at Coed Eva Primary School have taken part in research to create strategies based on pupils’ attitudes to learning. The strategies were created to develop pupils’ confidence, independence and ability to overcome challenges in their learning. The school promotes a culture of inquiry and discovery by developing characters with relevant stories. These characters give pupils the opportunity to develop their independent learning skills, and reflect on how they can use the characters’ learning traits in their lessons. Read more >

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Tracking progress to support pupils’ additional learning needs

Ysgol Esgob Morgan has a pupil centred-approach to additional learning needs. Staff track pupil progress in detail to identify learners who require additional support. An intervention package allows staff to see which pupils need to be added to, or removed from the intervention programme. This approach ensures that all staff are empowered to support pupils who have additional learning needs. Standards have increased, and the majority of pupils made progress in spelling, reading and maths. Read more >

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School offers a flexible approach to learning

When studying a local war hero pupils were encouraged to use their own opinions to shape their history lessons. As the project grew it influenced the class in a new direction. Pupils gained a sense of personal achievement by knowing that their ideas contributed to changes in what they studied. Pupils were given an open approach to class planning, which enabled them to produce their own play on their research findings. 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 >

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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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 >

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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