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Rapid development of pupils’ oracy skills

Through close links with parents, therapists and highly trained practitioners, Ysgol Heulfan Primary School has helped to improve pupils’ oracy skills using a range of communication techniques from singing and signing, to speaking and listening using a bilingual vocabulary. Feedback and reporting recorded rapid progress throughout the school. Read more >

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Raising attainment through monitoring pupil progress

Maendy Primary School has maintained high standards by establishing a dedicated group as part of an embedded system for monitoring individual pupil progress. Read more >

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Creating dementia awareness through pupil interaction and community outreach

Since 2014, Llanfaes Community Primary School has collaborated with a nearby care home to raise awareness and understanding of dementia amongst its pupils. The school’s aim to create a dementia friendly generation has been recognised nationally by charitable organisations and the Welsh Government. Read more >

Video: Standards in literacy and numeracy - Active and experiential learning

Chapter 1 of this active and experiential learning film looks at standards in literacy and numeracy in the foundation phase. To find out more about the good practice we’ve identified, read the full report. Read more >

Creative strategies that encourage thinking and high attainment

Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd develop pupils’ thinking skills through philosophy and encourage creativity through improvised drama activities. Read more >

Encouraging learners to achieve more than they expect of themselves

Staff at Oakleigh House School have encouraged learners to be more resilient when faced with challenges, to learn from their mistakes and to become more independent in all aspects of their learning. Read more >

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Taking every opportunity to increase literacy

Staff at Kitchener Primary School have improved the literacy of pupils who speak English as an additional language by using a broad range of strategies and teaching methods. Read more >

Partnership with parents

Partnership with parents

Ysgol y Foryd, Conwy, uses a number of strategies to involve parents in school life in order to raise standards, provide early intervention and tackle disadvantage. The school works closely with families and both the self esteem and attainment of pupils has improved. Read more >

Whole-school approach to raising standards in Welsh

Whole-school approach to raising standards in Welsh

At Mount Street Infants School, Powys, Welsh is an integral part of the school, with the pupils using their Welsh skills confidently across all areas of school life. Raising standards in Welsh has been a high priority in recent years and this is reflected in the good understanding, confidence and enjoyment in the language demonstrated by the children. Read more >

Literacy brings results

Literacy brings results

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Shirenewton Primary School, Monmouthshire, has used a wide range of highly effective strategies to significantly improve pupils’ literacy skills. These include fast-paced sessions with no downtime, ensuring that all pupils are active participants in their learning and firm emphasis on the direct teaching of phonics. The success of these approaches is evident in the much-improved teacher assessments. Read more >