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School’s culture is focused on children’s rights

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llwynderw have embedded children’s rights into its culture, raising pupils’ wellbeing. Pupils have a sense of ownership of their school and contribute to its improvement. Pupil’s’ behaviour is excellent and the level of commitment to learning has also improved. Children’s rights have become a real and meaningful part of daily life for each pupil, which has led to increased attendance. Read more >

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School develops the pupil voice

Pupil voice is at the heart of all aspects of school life at Ysgol Dolbadarn. The school’s aim is for all pupils to take ownership of what they learn and express their views on extra-curricular activities. This leads to pupils successfully developing their knowledge, understanding and skills. By giving pupils a regular input into the content of their lessons, evidence shows that pupils have more interest, enthusiasm and ownership of their education. Read more >

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Developing strong personal values at school

Pupils at Coed Eva Primary School are encouraged to take part in pupil participation groups, which has helped them to develop strong personal values. By taking on a wide range of responsibilities, pupils have enhanced their leadership skills. The scheme has had a positive impact on standards of behaviour and wellbeing, and has improved teaching and learning. Pupils remain motivated and engaged as they have a say in what and how they learn. Read more >

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Assessment for Learning and thinking skills

Gaer Primary School has raised standards for learners by establishing procedures for ‘assessment for learning’. These have had a significant impact in changing the culture in classrooms. Using coloured hats, pupils assess themselves and peers. This process has helped the pupils reinforce their learning by explaining ideas to others. Read more >

School council developing pupils' welfare and setting a strategic direction

Ysgol Beca has united several council groups to help work towards identifying areas of priority for the school and its pupils. Initially, the council gathered opinions using questionnaires from pupils to establish areas of concern. The council's approach has developed the sense of ownership and pride of pupils about their school. As a result, the dedication and enthusiasm of pupils to the work and life of the school is outstanding. 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’ 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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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 >

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