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Using self-evaluation to challenge and nurture more able and talented pupils

Ysgol y Preseli has refocused its interpretation of more able pupils and updated its practices to ensure that it considers pupils’ individual needs. Improvement plans are used, and a leader with responsibility for more able and talented pupils leads staff training sessions in order to ensure a consistent approach across the school. Mentoring systems offer extra challenge to these pupils, and opportunities to study for extra GCSEs are provided. 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 >

Reviewing approaches in meeting the needs of more able and talented pupils in response to curriculum reform in Wales

In meeting the needs of more able and talented pupils, Langstone Primary School has focused on developing a pedagogy driven by the four “core purposes” of the curriculum. A combination of class topics and a whole-school project approach provides pupils with a careful balance and breadth of opportunity. Time is given to study aspects of topics in depth and to develop, consolidate and embed knowledge and skills progressively across the school. Read more >

An innovative Welsh programme to challenge more able pupils

Treorchy Comprehensive School maintains a robust focus on ensuring that more able and talented pupils are supported and challenged through a range of effective strategies and provision, and in particular with the development of their Welsh language skills. Liaising with primary leaders and parents, the school places pupils in a fast-track Welsh programme, and also invites participation through a strong pupil-voice forum. Read more >

Using the Lead Creative Schools Scheme to extend mathematical and creative skills

Llandrillo yn Rhos Primary School used funding from the Lead Creative Schools Scheme to improve pupils’ skills in procedural maths, with a particular focus on challenging more able and talented pupils within a creative learning context. A creative project gave pupils the opportunity to work independently, to self-direct their learning and to challenge themselves with more advanced artistic and mathematical skills. Read more >

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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