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School offers a flexible approach to learning

When studying a local war hero pupils were encouraged to use their own opinions to shape their history lessons. As the project grew it influenced the class in a new direction. Pupils gained a sense of personal achievement by knowing that their ideas contributed to changes in what they studied. Pupils were given an open approach to class planning, which enabled them to produce their own play on their research findings. Read more >

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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 >

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Enhancing pupils’ entrepreneurial skills and improving standards

Craigfelen Primary School has developed a culture of collaboration and exploration for its pupils through the success of enterprises, such as a café and a local credit union. This has created an environment of learning opportunities and integrated the school into the community. Working with partners such as the Welsh Government, Gower College and University Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), workshops for teachers have provided opportunities for more innovation. Read more >

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The sound of success - using music to develop literacy skills

Music is a high priority at Rhydypenau Primary School where schemes of work focus on singing, playing, composing and appraising. Pupils regularly explore a range of instruments, which helps their wellbeing, team work and resilience. With careful planning, music is also used to achieve high standards in literacy through writing lyrics and turning poetry into song. The quality of pupils’ writing at the school has been acknowledged through several awards and national competitions. The wide range of musical experiences allows many opportunities for pupils to become engaged in their learning. 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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Creating strong foundations to support learners’ growth

Ysgol Yr Esgob Voluntary Aided Primary School has helped pupils improve their work, take responsibility for their learning, and raise standards through independent learning, regular self-assessment and setting clear learning objectives. Read more >

Enhancing literacy skills through partnership working and specialist teaching

Evenlode Primary has made it a priority to improve the writing of more able pupils throughout the school. An ex-parent of the school, who has experience as a specialist language teacher, has enabled many older pupils to succeed in developing their extended writing skills. He worked successfully with pupils on a wide variety of effective strategies and techniques to improve their creative writing, incorporating the techniques of professional authors. Read more >

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Teachers work together to ensure strategies develop learners’ core skills

Ysgol Abercaseg has consistently high standards as a result of continuous self-evaluation activities. The school has developed strong strategies to support their learners, and teachers have worked together to make sure learners’ welfare and well-being are a priority. This has resulted in high standards, developing learners’ core skills and in particular, numeracy. Read more >

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Effective provision for pupils who have additional learning needs

Ysgol Heulfan has re-assessed provision to support their pupils learning needs. Through individual development plans and establishing key areas of development, pupils have focused on thinking, communication, ICT and number skills in day-to-day tasks. Collaborative learning has developed pupils’ personal and social skills. Family and community engagement projects have also enhanced pupils’ real-life skills. Read more >

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Rapid development of pupils’ oracy skills

Through close links with parents, therapists and highly trained practitioners, Ysgol Heulfan Primary School has helped to improve pupils’ oracy skills using a range of communication techniques from singing and signing, to speaking and listening using a bilingual vocabulary. Feedback and reporting recorded rapid progress throughout the school. Read more >

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