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Local authority creates fully integrated Education and Children’s service

After Denbighshire County Council created a combined Education and Children’s Service, improvements were seen in communication, strategic planning and use of resources. Professionals have been able to better understand pupils’ needs and earlier identify vulnerable young people. The service has also improved learning environments, and support given to individuals and families. Read more >

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School encourages caring and inclusive learning environment

Pupils at Cogan Primary School benefit from a positive learning environment. It helps pupils to feel secure and enhances their learning. The school provides specific help to pupils with hearing difficulties, and encourage pupils and staff to use signing and other visual communication tools on a daily basis. The school celebrates diversity and inclusion by giving pupils the opportunity to learn about different cultures and religions. Read more >

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Communicating openly to help staff work more effectively with each other

All staff at Tŷ Coch Special School have been attending sessions to help them understand their own professional management style and their emotional intelligence. This has resulted in improved teamwork, consultation and communication. Staff also note greater clarity over roles, responsibilities and accountability measures. These sessions have had a positive impact on pupil outcomes. 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 >

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Supporting NQTs using mentoring and coaching by school staff

Templeton Primary School created a bespoke year-long intensive development programme that successfully met the learning needs of both pupils and newly qualified teachers. 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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Encouraging teachers to talk and learn from each other

Leaders at Deighton Primary have encouraged teachers to talk to each other and learn from each other. Overtime, teachers have opened their classrooms to their colleagues and have shared their practice with and learnt from other schools. Teachers in the school are confident and ready to take measured pedagogical risks and try new approaches and strategies in order to continue to develop professionally. Read more >

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