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Support sessions help behaviour and learning

Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn work closely with Hafan, giving their pupils the opportunity to join a variety of specialist and specific well-being courses. Pupils have the option for support sessions to help them improve behaviours. As a result, many pupils have developed positive attitudes towards learning. Read more >

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Leaders and teachers set a good example

Leaders and teachers at The Bishop of Llandaff High School are committed to developing the quality of teaching through training, setting a good example, and helping pupils’ achieve their full potential. Pupils’ develop the skills necessary to be successful in an ever-changing world and understand a sense of morality. Read more >

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Planning and listening to pupils’ needs improves standards

The Bishop of Llandaff High School listens to families’ recommendations for their children’s futures. The school undergoes regular self-evaluation for its performance, management, teaching and provisions. Focusing on pupil support has raised standards. Read more >

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Incorporating information and communication technology seamlessly into all lessons

Teachers at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern train to ensure they are aware of the latest digital developments to support pupils in using ICT. At every opportunity, digital devices are used across lessons to develop pupils’ knowledge. This has resulted in improved standards and teachers confidently share their good practice with other schools. Read more >

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Improving the ‘iLearn’ curriculum through planning and evaluation

Learning managers at Olchfa Secondary School have planned schemes of work that focus on key areas specified in ‘Successful Futures’. These areas include iCommunicate, iCalculate, iDiscover, iThink, iCreate and iThrive which will develop pupils’ core skills. A team of teacher-researchers have been informing the school’s teaching and learning practice, ensuring that the learners are at the heart of planning and evaluation. Read more >

A highly effective graduated response that promotes inclusion successfully

Coedcae School has made effective use of the skillset of staff to ensure targeted support for vulnerable learners. A stronger focus on inclusivity has enabled more pupils to maintain their school place without the need for a managed move to another provider. Individual morning mentoring sessions, social stories group sessions and bespoke accelerated reading groups, as well as early morning nurture clubs, are part of a strategy to build trust between vulnerable pupils and their adult key workers. Read more >

Using self-evaluation to challenge and nurture more able and talented pupils

Ysgol y Preseli has refocused its interpretation of more able pupils and updated its practices to ensure that it considers pupils’ individual needs. Improvement plans are used, and a leader with responsibility for more able and talented pupils leads staff training sessions in order to ensure a consistent approach across the school. Mentoring systems offer extra challenge to these pupils, and opportunities to study for extra GCSEs are provided. Read more >

An innovative Welsh programme to challenge more able pupils

Treorchy Comprehensive School maintains a robust focus on ensuring that more able and talented pupils are supported and challenged through a range of effective strategies and provision, and in particular with the development of their Welsh language skills. Liaising with primary leaders and parents, the school places pupils in a fast-track Welsh programme, and also invites participation through a strong pupil-voice forum. Read more >

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Creating a professional culture of consistently high expectations

Leaders at Lliswerry High School have created a culture where teachers have consistently high expectations. They have provided timely and relevant professional development for staff. All staff participate in networks of professional practice and joint learning networks. This has led to a sense of collective responsibility for continually improving pedagogy and practice. Read more >

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Making all staff accountable for the quality of teaching

Leaders at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen have worked successfully to create a culture of shared responsibility for improving teaching. All members of the school’s leadership team have improving teaching as one of their core responsibilities. After support and professional development, middle leaders have increasing accountability for the quality of teaching in their departments. All teachers have a performance management target relating to improving teaching. Read more >

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