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Engaging pupils to improve behaviour

Engaging pupils to improve behaviour

Staff at Rhyl High School, Denbighshire, identified a group of learners who had behavioural issues and were at risk of permanent exclusion. The school re-engaged these pupils using a multiagency approach with local organisations that supported children. Together they created a curriculum that has improved achievement, attitudes and engagement. Read more >

Promoting the Welsh language

Promoting the Welsh language

Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, Torfaen, strives to create completely bilingual individuals who take pride in their identity as Welsh people. Staff emphasise that speaking Welsh is an integral and natural part of school life and pupils are encouraged to use their Welsh skills both inside and outside of school. Read more >

Whole-school tracking system helps to raise standards

Whole-school tracking system helps to raise standards

Ysgol y Moelwyn, Gwynedd, identified the need to establish a robust tracking system and a specific follow-up intervention procedure in order to improve achievement. The school successfully implemented a new system, developed ways to support those children identified as requiring help and raised attainment levels. Read more >

Valuing learner voice

Valuing learner voice

Area of sector-leading practice which has been identified during inspection and relates to a particular quality indicator: Read more >

Partnership approach ensures more able and talented pupils make a smooth transition into secondary school 

Partnership approach ensures more able and talented pupils make a smooth transition into secondary school

Dyffryn Aman cluster of primary schools, Carmarthenshire, have built a good working relationship with Dyffryn Aman Comprehensive School to ensure a smooth transition for pupils from primary to secondary school. Key to its success is the effective use and transfer of data, consistent tracking and monitoring of pupils progress, high expectations and parental support. Read more >

Effective transition from primary to secondary school

Effective transition from primary to secondary school

Porthcawl Comprehensive School, Bridgend, has worked hard to make the transition between primary and secondary schools as smooth as possible for pupils. The school works closely with feeder schools to identify children who might find the move more difficult. The school then liaises with pupils and families to help resolve any problems before they change schools. Read more >

Affective strategies improve behaviour and wellbeing

Affective strategies improve behaviour and wellbeing

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe, Swansea, has worked hard to improve pupils’ standards, attitudes, behaviour, confidence and wellbeing. Staff including teachers, administrative staff, site staff, technicians and lunchtime staff were all trained to help pupils develop skills to problem solve and manage their own behaviour. Read more >

Teacher coaching programme underpins excellence

Teacher coaching programme underpins excellence

All teachers at Cardiff High School are part of a coaching programme giving them support, guidance and professional development. The school focuses relentlessly on improvement and encourages all teachers to become resilient lifelong learners. Read more >

Strategies to reduce barriers to progress and ensure support for every pupil

Strategies to reduce barriers to progress and ensure support for every pupil

Maesteg School, Bridgend, has implemented ways to ensure that pupils are able to overcome barriers that impact on their progress in education. A carefully designed system has ensured that tailored, in-depth and specialised support is provided for pupils and has resulted in an increase in wellbeing and standards. Read more >

Supporting vulnerable groups of pupils

Supporting vulnerable groups of pupils

Cathays High School, Cardiff, places great importance on tracking the progress and achievement of vulnerable groups of pupils such as those with English as an additional language. Over 63 different languages are spoken as a first language in pupils’ homes and 70% of pupils have English as an additional language. The school’s effective strategies to support all pupils’ achievement have had a clear impact on standards of education. Read more >

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