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Pupils’ Cabinet promotes independence and supports school life

A Cabinet of pupils with representatives from the school council and other committees successfully share information and drive initiatives across the school. Purposeful minutes help to set effective targets for each term. Overall, pupils’ independence has seen a positive improvement. Read more >

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Developing pupils’ skills and enthusiasm towards learning by creative planning and teaching

Rhosybol Primary School has developed pupils’ skills and independence within key stage 2 by planning and teaching more creatively. Pupils were divided into groups in line with their ability to complete tasks throughout the week. Assessment and monitoring of progression included pupil-led filming in the form of a ‘vlog’. Read more >

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Pupils’ voices matter

Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn encourage pupils to voice their opinions about the school in regular meetings. Groups of pupils discuss and share the specific priorities needed to improve areas within the school. As a result, pupils’ literacy, numeracy and ICT skills have developed. Read more >

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Striving for independent learning for all pupils

Ysgol Plascrug identified that the self-evaluation process for their learners’ independence was critical to the successful development of the proposed curriculum changes. They ensure that pupils have ownership over their learning, and ‘Pioneer Weeks’ have been developed based on topics suggested by the pupils. These weeks allowed teachers to refine their processes that are central to all learning experiences. Read more >

Planning the curriculum to ensure creative experiences for pupils

In reviewing the curriculum, Ysgol y Dderi resolved to adapt its planning to develop literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum. Staff and pupils jointly contribute and are flexible to change. Visitors to the school have inspired and enriched learning opportunities. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, planning and preparation, and realising change. Read more >

A skills-based curriculum with more local contexts

Kitchener Primary has adapted its curriculum to focus more on what pupils want to learn, using more local contexts for learning. A flexible timetable is being trialled, to enable the exploration of topics in more depth and to provide further challenge. Regular sessions with parents also help to raise awareness. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, and planning and preparation. Read more >

Creative and stimulating activities through pupil immersion days

Senior leaders developed a plan for professional learning, enabling staff to engage in international curriculum research. All staff are now able to monitor, evaluate and review curriculum changes and actively participate in joint planning for change. As part of these changes, pupil immersion days provide a variety of creative and stimulating activities, and during transition all pupils mind map their interests and topics for future learning. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, and planning and preparation. Read more >

Creativity in the recording of pupil assessment

In Radnor Valley Primary, the creativity of teachers in relation to the curriculum extends to the way that pupil assessment is recorded. Pupils choose their own challenging success criteria for each activity, and teachers evaluate where pupils are on their improvement journey “flight plan”. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, and planning and preparation. Read more >

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Pupil voice leads the way on evaluating a successful curriculum

Eliminating a fear of being wrong is central to inspiring creative teaching and learning at Ysgol Cynwyd Sant. With a strong focus on pupil voice, the primary school has encouraged staff to experiment with different ways of providing learning experiences using real-life contexts. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, planning and preparation and realising change. Read more >

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Matching the curriculum for Wales to school values and teacher aspirations

Putting the wow factor into learning meant Llanishen Fach Primary School encouraging staff to take risks to develop a rich and creative curriculum. The school has embraced reform and promotes the belief that anything is possible. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation and planning and preparation. Read more >

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