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Giving pupils the power to learn

Ysgol Y Foryd supports pupils’ progress and development as independent learners by using assessment for learning strategies. Staff teach the pupils to face challenges and use mistakes as learning opportunities. They are given constructive feedback to help them to understand what they need to do to improve their work. Pupils contribute to lesson planning with ideas of what they would like to learn, and how they can achieve this. They are independent in their learning and can identify what they need to do in order to improve their work. Read more >

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Harnessing pupil enthusiasm

Staff at Trinant Primary School collaborated with pupils on what they would like to learn. Together they co-constructed their own learning journey. This process ensured that learning didn’t become predicable and static. The school used grants to fund real-life experiences, ranging from crime scene investigations to critically reviewing theatre performances. These activities instantly engaged pupils and helped to develop a culture of enquiry, innovation and exploration. Pupils’ enthusiasm is harnessed and this motivates them to be successful. Read more >

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Creating a pupil support network

Ensuring the level of care, support and guidance is a strong feature at Ysgol Bae Baglan. The school appreciates that not all pupils work in the same way and have created a pupil support network. This includes tailor-made support plans, flexible learning and targeted study support. The individual needs of pupils are addressed successfully and with great sensitivity. This helps them to engage positively in their learning and most make strong progress. Read more >

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Making learning experiential

Staff at Ewloe Green Primary School are making learning come alive by catering for all types of learners through practical methods. This has boosted pupils’ confidence and engaged those who have previously been reluctant to participate. The school focuses on six areas of learning throughout the year, which link with the new curriculum in Wales. Making learning experiential has given pupils the opportunity to voice their opinions on how they learn. Read more >

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Developing leadership skills

Pupils at St Joseph's RC Primary School are encouraged to take on a wide range of responsibilities to improve their leadership skills. Children from Year 2 to Year 6 make up the School Parliament. This has an effect on pupils’ independence, collaboration skills and attitudes to learning. By developing actions that will impact the school, pupils feel valued and are developing into confident individuals. This sense of ownership ensures that they are motivated and helps them to improve their problem-solving skills. Read more >

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Developing good reading habits

Alltwen Primary School improved pupils’ reading standards by running a weekly internet reading café. This allowed them to work with parents to increase the frequency of reading opportunities and improve reading habits. Nearly all pupils who attended the scheme made progress and increased their reading age. The majority of pupils are reading more at home. The scheme also allowed the school to develop positive relationships with parents. Read more >

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School’s culture is focused on children’s rights

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llwynderw have embedded children’s rights into its culture, raising pupils’ wellbeing. Pupils have a sense of ownership of their school and contribute to its improvement. Pupil’s’ behaviour is excellent and the level of commitment to learning has also improved. Children’s rights have become a real and meaningful part of daily life for each pupil, which has led to increased attendance. Read more >

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School develops the pupil voice

Pupil voice is at the heart of all aspects of school life at Ysgol Dolbadarn. The school’s aim is for all pupils to take ownership of what they learn and express their views on extra-curricular activities. This leads to pupils successfully developing their knowledge, understanding and skills. By giving pupils a regular input into the content of their lessons, evidence shows that pupils have more interest, enthusiasm and ownership of their education. Read more >

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Tracking system helps pupils to achieve targets

Pupils at St John’s College make clear progression throughout the year, thanks to a refined tracking system. The aim of the tracking system is to support and challenge pupils to achieve their best. Targets are set termly, which helps to encourage independent learning and self-reflection. Form tutors discuss the targets with the pupils and make SMART targets for improvement for the next term. This allows them to take ownership of their learning and progress. Read more >

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Developing strong personal values at school

Pupils at Coed Eva Primary School are encouraged to take part in pupil participation groups, which has helped them to develop strong personal values. By taking on a wide range of responsibilities, pupils have enhanced their leadership skills. The scheme has had a positive impact on standards of behaviour and wellbeing, and has improved teaching and learning. Pupils remain motivated and engaged as they have a say in what and how they learn. Read more >

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