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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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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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Assessment for Learning and thinking skills

Gaer Primary School has raised standards for learners by establishing procedures for ‘assessment for learning’. These have had a significant impact in changing the culture in classrooms. Using coloured hats, pupils assess themselves and peers. This process has helped the pupils reinforce their learning by explaining ideas to others. Read more >

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Developing a curriculum that improves pupils' skills and enthusiasm for learning

Ysgol Beca has abandoned traditional lessons and used thematic learning periods in the afternoons to develop numeracy and literacy skills through science and ICT. Teaching has taken place in small groups rather than whole class learning. As a result of good planning, pupils have developed to very high levels and take pride and ownership of their work. Read more >

Improving oracy skills using challenging texts

Tywyn Primary School has improved the standard of oracy skills across the whole school by using challenging texts to develop pupils’ spoken and performance skills. Staff have had training provided in speech and language therapy to identify groups for early intervention. Pupils analyse poetry and are encouraged to understand the characters and the underlying themes. As a result, pupils’ self-esteem has improved considerably and they are now more confident when performing for different audiences and purposes. Read more >

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Thorough planning and clearly defined roles improve quality

Meithrinfa Seren Fach has a strong focus on continuous improvement. It evaluates and improves quality through well-structured staffing and clear objectives. Managers and practitioners focus on developing their skills and knowledge. The nursery also value the contributions of their stakeholders to help them continually develop. Read more >

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Using technology and developing pupils’ ICT skills

Johnstown Primary School support their pupils’ digital skills through using a range of technology and guiding them to use online resources. This includes pupils developing their digital competence in lessons and working together to write articles for the school’s online learning blog. Pupils then share their work with the rest of the school, parents and governors. This has also had a positive impact on enhancing literacy and numeracy skills and improving pupils’ confidence. Read more >

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Leaders and teachers set a good example

Leaders and teachers at The Bishop of Llandaff High School are committed to developing the quality of teaching through training, setting a good example, and helping pupils’ achieve their full potential. Pupils’ develop the skills necessary to be successful in an ever-changing world and understand a sense of morality. Read more >

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