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Using assessment for learning to close gaps in pupils’ learning

At Hendredenny Park Primary School all staff use assessment for learning techniques to identify gaps in pupils’ learning. Targeted interventions are used promptly to help close the gaps. Read more >

Using games to improve pupils’ literacy skills

Staff at Ysgol Parcyrhun have created a bank of differentiated games that provide opportunities for pupils to practice their oral, reading and writing skills on a daily basis. Read more >

Planning to develop pupils’ multilingual skills

At Ysgol Pencae, pupils’ Welsh and English skills are developed in order to ensure that they are fully bilingual by the time they attend secondary school. The school’s older pupils are also given opportunities to learn French and Mandarin. Read more >

Improving science skills and engagement through local partnerships

Ysgol Pencae has built partnerships within the local community in order to offer science experiences that develop learners’ skills and engagement in the subject. Read more >

Developing oracy through self-assessment and new teaching strategies

Ysgol Gymraeg y Fenni has improved pupils’ oracy skills by re-visiting assessment procedures, teaching strategies and the opportunities that pupils have within the curriculum. Read more >

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Enriching the modern curriculum

Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni is one of the ‘pioneer schools’ developing and piloting a new curriculum for Wales. It draws on Welsh roots and global links to provide rich, engaging learning experiences for pupils. Read more >

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Accelerating pupil learning

Treorchy Comprehensive School links Welsh language to heritage and culture to enrich and accelerate pupils’ learning. Read more >

Partnership approach ensures more able and talented pupils make a smooth transition into secondary school 

Partnership approach ensures more able and talented pupils make a smooth transition into secondary school

Dyffryn Aman cluster of primary schools, Carmarthenshire, have built a good working relationship with Dyffryn Aman Comprehensive School to ensure a smooth transition for pupils from primary to secondary school. Key to its success is the effective use and transfer of data, consistent tracking and monitoring of pupils progress, high expectations and parental support. Read more >

Innovative approach to supporting more able and talented pupils

Innovative approach to supporting more able and talented pupils

Ynystawe Primary School, Swansea, uses an innovative approach to learning called the ‘Leonardo effect.’ It is designed to develop pupils’ critical thinking and independent learning skills. Key to its success is motivational leadership, applying creative and consistent approaches to learning and a common understanding of the kind of teaching that supports and challenges more able pupils to achieve the best they can. Read more >

The fast-track to success

The fast-track to success

Treorchy Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taff, was the first school in Wales to receive a national award for its achievement in supporting more able and talented children. The school’s success in developing fast-track provision for these pupils has led to outstanding results at GCSE and to particularly high numbers of pupils studying mathematics, modern foreign languages and Welsh second language at A level. Read more >