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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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Improving pupils’ wellbeing and attitudes to learning through curriculum enrichment

Empowered and inspired by the new curriculum, Maes yr Haul Primary School has introduced lunchtime and after-school clubs to extend the range of opportunities for pupils, encouraging them to try new activities to improve wellbeing. These include learning about growing plants in the gardening club and developing thinking skills in the coding club. As a result pupils’ standards have improved and staff confidence and expertise have developed. Read more >

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Planning a more flexible and adaptable creative curriculum to engage pupils' interest

Pembrey Primary School has changed its approach to teaching by making its curriculum planning more flexible and adaptable in order to suit the interests of the pupils. Six learning zones have been created with resources that support and challenge the development of pupils’ skills. These zones have promoted independent learning through a pupil-led, creative curriculum. Pupils have made strong progress, working skilfully and making important decisions about their learning. Read more >

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Nurturing pupils’ learning journeys drives resilience and celebrates originality

Ysgol Llanfairpwllgwyngyll has sustained its high standards by focusing on pupils’ educational journey, rather than the the finished work. This has resulted in pupils becoming more independent and resilient and boosted creativity. Read more >

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Pupils’ Cabinet promotes independence and supports school life

A Cabinet of pupils with representatives from the school council and other committees successfully share information and drive initiatives across the school. Purposeful minutes help to set effective targets for each term. Overall, pupils’ independence has seen a positive improvement. Read more >

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Developing pupils’ skills and enthusiasm towards learning by creative planning and teaching

Rhosybol Primary School has developed pupils’ skills and independence within key stage 2 by planning and teaching more creatively. Pupils were divided into groups in line with their ability to complete tasks throughout the week. Assessment and monitoring of progression included pupil-led filming in the form of a ‘vlog’. Read more >

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Effective strategies support the social and emotional wellbeing of pupils

Staff at Redhill Preparatory School place emotional intelligence as priority. The school has implement strategies to support the social and emotional wellbeing of pupils through questionnaires and self-registration, skills sessions and pupil-led focus groups to discuss any concerns openly. Read more >

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Pupil voice shapes the curriculum

Glan Usk Primary School have led curriculum innovation, professional learning and reflective practice. This has resulted in confident pupils who lead their own learning effectively. Classrooms include a Learning Wall for each pupil, highlighting the children’s planning, skills and lesson ideas. Each pupil has a significant voice in shaping the curriculum and their contributions are valued. Read more >

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Creating strong foundations to support learners’ growth

Ysgol Yr Esgob Voluntary Aided Primary School has helped pupils improve their work, take responsibility for their learning, and raise standards through independent learning, regular self-assessment and setting clear learning objectives. 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 >

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