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A systematic approach to learning

Staff at Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos have created a co-ordinated and systematic approach to learning. Every pupil has access to a bespoke curriculum tailored to their specific needs. The blend of teaching strategies has an extremely positive effect on pupils’ achievement and wellbeing. Diagnostic tools are used to track and monitor pupils’ progress, wellbeing and behaviour. The monitoring process demonstrates that most pupils, including those with additional learning needs, make good and often very good progress. Read more >

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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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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 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 helps pupils develop independent IT skills

Pupils at St Julian’s Primary School have become more independent in their use of IT, thanks to the school’s digital competence framework. Pupils are using IT more purposefully and are better applying their digital skills in class. The culture of digital learning is increasing with pupils using IT more effectively inside and outside of school. Read more >

Parents help children learn at home

Supporting parental engagement through workshops

Parental engagement has improved at St Julian’s Primary School, thanks to family workshops and events. They give parents the opportunity to support learning and wellbeing, both at home and in school. The workshops involve parents working with their child to see what is being taught in school so that they can continue their learning at home. Parents’ confidence in helping their children learn has improved, which has had a positive impact on pupil wellbeing. 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 >

Pupils working together in classroom

Creating strategies to develop pupils’ independence

Staff at Coed Eva Primary School have taken part in research to create strategies based on pupils’ attitudes to learning. The strategies were created to develop pupils’ confidence, independence and ability to overcome challenges in their learning. The school promotes a culture of inquiry and discovery by developing characters with relevant stories. These characters give pupils the opportunity to develop their independent learning skills, and reflect on how they can use the characters’ learning traits in their lessons. Read more >

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Tracking progress to support pupils’ additional learning needs

Ysgol Esgob Morgan has a pupil centred-approach to additional learning needs. Staff track pupil progress in detail to identify learners who require additional support. An intervention package allows staff to see which pupils need to be added to, or removed from the intervention programme. This approach ensures that all staff are empowered to support pupils who have additional learning needs. Standards have increased, and the majority of pupils made progress in spelling, reading and maths. Read more >

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School offers a flexible approach to learning

When studying a local war hero pupils were encouraged to use their own opinions to shape their history lessons. As the project grew it influenced the class in a new direction. Pupils gained a sense of personal achievement by knowing that their ideas contributed to changes in what they studied. Pupils were given an open approach to class planning, which enabled them to produce their own play on their research findings. Read more >

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