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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 >

Pride in the Welsh language brings success

Pride in the Welsh language brings success

More than 300 pupils in Treorchy Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taff, have achieved the highest GCSE grades in Welsh second language two years early and the highest AS grades one year early. The whole-school approach to Welsh language development, high-quality provision and effective transition from primary to secondary school has helped pupils throughout the school develop their Welsh language skills particularly successfully. Read more >

Broadening horizons

Broadening horizons

Two Welsh-medium schools in Swansea, Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr and Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe, have given pupils aged 14-19 more choice about learning and a wider variety of experiences thanks to their partnership working and resource sharing. Read more >

Supporting children’s speech and language therapy

Supporting children’s speech and language therapy

Cylch Meithrin Glan y Môr, Ceredigion, identified a rise in the number of children coming to the nursery with delayed speech. Staff met with the management committee to come up with ways of providing additional support. Read more >

Celebrating strengths to improve development

Celebrating strengths to improve development

Tiny Beginnings Day Nursery in Monmouthshire has designed a system to identify priorities for children’s learning, set development targets and track their progression. They also work closely with parents and children so that they know their strengths. Read more >

Going green raises environmental awareness at nursery

Going green raises environmental awareness at nursery

Puddleducks nursery, Monmouthshire, has set up an eco-committee including children, staff and parents to raise awareness about environmental issues. Children help to make the nursery more eco-friendly and have developed a greater understanding of their impact on the world around them. Read more >

Developing Welsh skills through an imaginative learning environment

Developing Welsh skills through an imaginative learning environment

Working hard to provide varied learning opportunities for children is at the heart of Ysgol Feithrin Pont-y-Pŵl, Torfaen. Staff encourage the children to initiate their own learning and provide them with the resources to aid development. Read more >

 Focussing on pupil voice

Focussing on pupil voice

Ysgol y Castell, Carmarthenshire, ensures that pupil voice is at the heart of planning, provision and evaluation. Pupils and their families work with staff and supporting agencies to plan focused learning activities. Staff ensure that pupils feel included and valued. Read more >

It all adds up

It all adds up

Tags: Numeracy

At Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr sixth form, Swansea, students have used their real-life experience of buying a car to develop their number skills and achieve level 3 in the Welsh Baccalaureate. Read more >

With a little help from my friends

With a little help from my friends

A peer-teaching observation scheme is proving a great success at Olchfa School, South Wales. The ‘critical friend’ service enables colleagues to be kept informed and receive constructive advice, while recognising, reinforcing and sharing good practice across departments. Read more >

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