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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 >

ICT skills

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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Planning and listening to pupils’ needs improves standards

The Bishop of Llandaff High School listens to families’ recommendations for their children’s futures. The school undergoes regular self-evaluation for its performance, management, teaching and provisions. Focusing on pupil support has raised standards. Read more >

ICT

Incorporating information and communication technology seamlessly into all lessons

Teachers at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern train to ensure they are aware of the latest digital developments to support pupils in using ICT. At every opportunity, digital devices are used across lessons to develop pupils’ knowledge. This has resulted in improved standards and teachers confidently share their good practice with other schools. Read more >

Learning managers

Improving the ‘iLearn’ curriculum through planning and evaluation

Learning managers at Olchfa Secondary School have planned schemes of work that focus on key areas specified in ‘Successful Futures’. These areas include iCommunicate, iCalculate, iDiscover, iThink, iCreate and iThrive which will develop pupils’ core skills. A team of teacher-researchers have been informing the school’s teaching and learning practice, ensuring that the learners are at the heart of planning and evaluation. 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 >

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