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A star is born

A star is born

A school in Ceredigion joined forces with Disability Sport Wales to help and encourage a pupil with disabilities achieve sporting excellence and develop great leadership skills in football. Read more >

Developing pupils’ financial skills makes economic sense

Developing pupils’ financial skills makes economic sense

Bishop Hedley Catholic High School, Merthyr Tydfil, places great importance on developing pupils’ financial knowledge, skills and understanding. Situated in an area of economic disadvantage, the school provides activities for pupils to take part in enterprise activities, meet with local business people and develop their skills in real-life situations. Read more >

Community partnership supports disadvantaged learners

Community partnership supports disadvantaged learners

Bishop Gore Comprehensive school’s commitment to supporting disadvantaged learners has made a significant impact on achievement, exclusion rates, understanding and tolerance. A close partnership with the local Ethnic Youth Support team has also helped to build strong community ties. Read more >

A whole-school approach to supporting disadvantaged learners

A whole-school approach to supporting disadvantaged learners

The core aims of Bryngwyn School, Llanelli, are to improve attendance, attitude and the achievement of disadvantaged learners. Their successful strategy using a skills-based curriculum has seen a marked improvement in many areas such as attendance, literacy, mathematics and English. Read more >

In-house self-evaluation tool kit proves a success

In-house self-evaluation tool kit proves a success

Connah’s Quay High School, Flintshire, has developed an in-house self-evaluation tool kit that includes various support materials. This was designed to support the school’s ethos of high challenge and support. Both staff and learners were engaged in the extensive process of consultation that has been vital to the success of this initiative. Read more >

An innovative approach to support pupils from Occupational Traveller families

An innovative approach to support pupils from Occupational Traveller families

Penyrheol Comprehensive School, Swansea, adopted an innovative approach to support pupils from Occupational Traveller families. In 2010, they launched a pilot project designed to ensure continuity of education and provide regular contact with staff and other pupils. The pilot was a success and similar provision will be made available from the summer 2011. Read more >

Effective strategies to support Gypsy Traveller pupils

Effective strategies to support Gypsy Traveller pupils

St. Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School, Wrexham have developed effective strategies to support Gypsy Traveller pupils such as engagement with pupils and parents and working with the local youth service and the traveller education service teacher. Pupils are more confident, exclusion rates have fallen and participation in extra-curricular activities has increased. Read more >

Using Person Centred Planning across the school

Using Person Centred Planning across the school

Person Centred Planning is at the heart of reviewing pupil progress at Crownbridge Special Day School, Torfaen. This model has transformed their learner review process and includes information from the pupils, parents and a range of partners. Crucially, this approach has improved pupil performance. Read more >

Helping pupils achieve qualifications

Helping pupils achieve qualifications

St Christopher’s Special School, Wrexham, has developed a 14-19 years option programme to help pupils to gain a range of qualifications. Teachers assess pupils to identify their strengths and areas that need improving. Pupils are helped to choose the best options that will help them gain the qualifications they need for the next stage of their learning. Read more >

Improving skills for young people with learning difficulties

Improving skills for young people with learning difficulties

Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre in Caerphilly has been integral in supporting 14-19 year olds with severe learning difficulties who are moving from full-time education to employment. Working under the ‘Real Opportunities’ programme, in partnership with nine local authorities in South Wales, young people can improve their skills and raise their aspirations through a range of accredited courses covering personal, social and practical aspects of the transition. Read more >

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