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Preparing to implement the new curriculum through involving pupils.

At Mount Pleasant Primary School staff training sessions were used to explore ‘Successful Futures’ creatively, developing literacy, numeracy and digital competence across the curriculum. Pupils participated in cross-cutting learning activities, taking ownership of the direction of learning. All staff and pupils have taken part in creating large displays in the hall, demonstrating the areas they have been developing. As a result of this very effective team spirit, pupils have better opportunities to influence the life and work of the school. Read more >

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Developing a skills-based curriculum in primary school

Tavernspite Primary School researched and developed engaging learning activities to enhance their pupils’ cross-curricular skills in meaningful contexts to attain the statutory demands of the new curriculum. Read more >

Using self-evaluation to challenge and nurture more able and talented pupils

Ysgol y Preseli has refocused its interpretation of more able pupils and updated its practices to ensure that it considers pupils’ individual needs. Improvement plans are used, and a leader with responsibility for more able and talented pupils leads staff training sessions in order to ensure a consistent approach across the school. Mentoring systems offer extra challenge to these pupils, and opportunities to study for extra GCSEs are provided. Read more >

Enhancing literacy skills through partnership working and specialist teaching

Evenlode Primary has made it a priority to improve the writing of more able pupils throughout the school. An ex-parent of the school, who has experience as a specialist language teacher, has enabled many older pupils to succeed in developing their extended writing skills. He worked successfully with pupils on a wide variety of effective strategies and techniques to improve their creative writing, incorporating the techniques of professional authors. Read more >

Reviewing approaches in meeting the needs of more able and talented pupils in response to curriculum reform in Wales

In meeting the needs of more able and talented pupils, Langstone Primary School has focused on developing a pedagogy driven by the four “core purposes” of the curriculum. A combination of class topics and a whole-school project approach provides pupils with a careful balance and breadth of opportunity. Time is given to study aspects of topics in depth and to develop, consolidate and embed knowledge and skills progressively across the school. Read more >

An innovative Welsh programme to challenge more able pupils

Treorchy Comprehensive School maintains a robust focus on ensuring that more able and talented pupils are supported and challenged through a range of effective strategies and provision, and in particular with the development of their Welsh language skills. Liaising with primary leaders and parents, the school places pupils in a fast-track Welsh programme, and also invites participation through a strong pupil-voice forum. Read more >

Using the Lead Creative Schools Scheme to extend mathematical and creative skills

Llandrillo yn Rhos Primary School used funding from the Lead Creative Schools Scheme to improve pupils’ skills in procedural maths, with a particular focus on challenging more able and talented pupils within a creative learning context. A creative project gave pupils the opportunity to work independently, to self-direct their learning and to challenge themselves with more advanced artistic and mathematical skills. Read more >

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Creating a professional culture of consistently high expectations

Leaders at Lliswerry High School have created a culture where teachers have consistently high expectations. They have provided timely and relevant professional development for staff. All staff participate in networks of professional practice and joint learning networks. This has led to a sense of collective responsibility for continually improving pedagogy and practice. Read more >

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Making all staff accountable for the quality of teaching

Leaders at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen have worked successfully to create a culture of shared responsibility for improving teaching. All members of the school’s leadership team have improving teaching as one of their core responsibilities. After support and professional development, middle leaders have increasing accountability for the quality of teaching in their departments. All teachers have a performance management target relating to improving teaching. Read more >

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Using evidence-based teacher led professional development sessions to improve teaching at a whole school level

Professional learning is a high priority in Ysgol Uwchradd Abertifi and leaders have invested considerable time and finance into this priority. The professional learning opportunities afforded to staff have led to better teaching practices and a much greater consistency in delivering good teaching across the school. Giving teachers the chance to lead professional learning activities has strengthened the school’s leadership capacity. Read more >

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