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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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Preparing students for their next step after college

Students at Gower College can access support from experts to prepare them for their next step after college. Learners looking to go into higher education are able to use workshops , talks and mock interviews with industry experts when writing their university applications. Learners who wish to go into employment after completing their studies receive specialist tutorials and support to help them progress onto their chosen career path. Read more >

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Reducing challenging behaviour through positive management strategy

Tŷ Bronllys School has developed a preventative approach to behaviour management, focusing on why incidents occurred and introducing a positive behaviour management strategy. Behaviour management training was integrated into all staff inductions, followed by access to an accredited qualification. Pupils are given an individual positive behaviour support plan, which includes guidance on how staff can meet their support needs. This has increased attendance, academic achievement and improved wellbeing for pupils. Read more >

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School develops innovative learning experience for pupils

Cogan Primary School has improved standards and wellbeing throughout the school. Their learning culture has given staff the confidence to share approaches that result in better learning opportunities for pupils. A buddy initiative allows pupils to share their work and discuss their enjoyment for learning. It also provides an efficient source of informal monitoring for teachers. Read more >

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Supporting pupils with English as an additional language to help them integrate

Westbourne School assesses the language ability of pupils who are learning English as an additional language before they start at the school. Pupils also have the opportunity to attend summer school prior to starting. Teachers promote high levels of pupil inclusion and encourage participation in activities, such as assemblies, charity events, international days and public speaking lessons. Read more >

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Support sessions help behaviour and learning

Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn work closely with Hafan, giving their pupils the opportunity to join a variety of specialist and specific well-being courses. Pupils have the option for support sessions to help them improve behaviours. As a result, many pupils have developed positive attitudes towards learning. Read more >

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Effective strategies support the social and emotional wellbeing of pupils

Staff at Redhill Preparatory School place emotional intelligence as priority. The school has implement strategies to support the social and emotional wellbeing of pupils through questionnaires and self-registration, skills sessions and pupil-led focus groups to discuss any concerns openly. Read more >

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Successful behaviours through reward-based programme

A reward-based programme that was trialled in the USA has been implemented in Aran Hall independent special school. The programme has helped the majority of pupils to manage their own behaviour successfully. As a result, pupils now attend school regularly and treat others with dignity and respect. Pupils have learnt how to use the community safely, and attend college and work experience placements. From this, pupils have gained relevant accreditation for their work. Read more >

A highly effective graduated response that promotes inclusion successfully

Coedcae School has made effective use of the skillset of staff to ensure targeted support for vulnerable learners. A stronger focus on inclusivity has enabled more pupils to maintain their school place without the need for a managed move to another provider. Individual morning mentoring sessions, social stories group sessions and bespoke accelerated reading groups, as well as early morning nurture clubs, are part of a strategy to build trust between vulnerable pupils and their adult key workers. Read more >