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Communicating openly to help staff work more effectively with each other

All staff at Tŷ Coch Special School have been attending sessions to help them understand their own professional management style and their emotional intelligence. This has resulted in improved teamwork, consultation and communication. Staff also note greater clarity over roles, responsibilities and accountability measures. These sessions have had a positive impact on pupil outcomes. Read more >

A collaborative approach to supporting positive behaviour

Ysgol y Gogarth worked with Bangor University to develop an approach to behaviour support that is based on teachers, behaviour analysts and other professionals working closely together. The aim is to teach pupils the skills needed to reach their full potential and reduce barriers to learning. Read more >

Successful transition to further education for pupils with additional learning needs

Ysgol y Gogarth was instrumental in setting up a multi-disciplinary group whose aim is to improve the transition of pupils with additional learning needs between school and further education. Read more >

Giving pupils, staff and stakeholders an equal voice in the formation of a new school

When Ysgol Y Deri was formed from the amalgamation of three special schools, the new leadership team ensured that staff and pupils were brought together with a shared vision and sense of ownership. Read more >

International partnerships that broaden the curriculum and provide stimulating learning experiences

Ysgol Heol Goffa has established partnerships with schools across the world that have allowed pupils to experience new languages and cultures and enriched the curriculum with a wide range of teaching materials. Read more >

The impact of interventions on pupils’ communication, emotional and behavioural development

Ysgol Pen Coch use a range of interventions including a virtual reality room that have had a significant impact on pupils’ wellbeing, engagement and readiness to learn. Read more >

Children

Using self-evaluation to drive improvement

Staff at all levels of Ysgol Pen Coch have developed a self-evaluative approach that has had a significant impact on the work of the school. Read more >

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 >

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