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Engaging all pupils in the Welsh language

At Greenfield Special School, senior leaders have embraced the challenge to improve pupils’ Welsh language skills. As a result, nearly all pupils make extensive progress in relation to their needs, abilities and starting points. Read more >

Pupils work with staff to influence what they learn

Heronsbridge Special School skilfully-organised pupil participation opportunities contribute to developing pupils’ self-confidence and social skills. Over time, many pupils develop their independence and take increasing responsibility for themselves and their learning in line with their needs and ability. Read more >

Pupils help develop school strategic direction

Ysgol Penmaes focuses on developing varied participation opportunities for the whole-school community and recognises that this has a positive impact on relationships throughout the school. They have developed structures and support to allow all pupils to contribute to the school improvement journey. Read more >

Sharing expertise with parents, carers and schools

Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn is the regional centre for autism in North Wales. It engages closely with parents, carers and with schools and colleges to share its expertise through support, guidance and a wide range of training courses. Read more >

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Developing partnerships paves way to greater pupil engagement

With an ever increasing demand for their services, Ysgol Hen Felin managed to maintain a happy learning environment for pupils with severe behavioural and sensory difficulties. Recognising the specialism of one of their partners, they developed a new approach to manage pupils’ behaviours. This led to higher pupil wellbeing and lower behaviour incidents. Read more >

INSPIRING school council: making change happen

Inspiring school council: making change happen

The school council of a special school in Pembrokeshire took up the challenge to get the local authority to adapt the roads near the school to ensure students using wheelchairs had safe, easy access to the local supermarket. Read more >

Managing behaviour

Managing behaviour

Heronsbridge School, Bridgend, has introduced a behaviour management programme to help improve pupil communication and independence. Staff received training to ensure a consistent approach across the school and the method of recording incidents was improved. As a result, pupils are able to receive personal support plans and the number of behavioural issues has decreased. Read more >

Leading the way online

Leading the way online

Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Flintshire, has invested in the latest technology to improve teaching and learning and equip students with the skills they will need in the future, whilst ensuring their online safety. Staff use a particular software tool that improves the quality of teaching and learning in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and across the curriculum. It has contributed to a more student-centred learning approach and promoted greater independence across the school. Read more >

A philosophy of inclusion

A philosophy of inclusion

Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Flintshire, has a clear philosophy that every student has the right to have his or her individual needs met. Although pupils have a wide range of special educational needs, the school took advantage of the amalgamation of three special schools to develop an inclusion programme that offers distinct and appropriate individual pathways. These pathways enable around half of the pupils to attend mainstream classes, developing their skills, confidence and independence and to follow accredited courses. Read more >

Helping pupils achieve qualifications

Helping pupils achieve qualifications

St Christopher’s Special School, Wrexham, has developed a 14-19 years option programme to help pupils to gain a range of qualifications. Teachers assess pupils to identify their strengths and areas that need improving. Pupils are helped to choose the best options that will help them gain the qualifications they need for the next stage of their learning. Read more >