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The impact of teacher absence - September 2013

This report examines ‘the impact on learner progress of schools' strategies to cover the absence of teachers and the effective and efficient employment, training and deployment of supply teachers’. The report includes case studies that highlight common approaches to the management of teacher absence. This report has been written in collaboration with the Wales Audit Office. The Wales Audit Office report produced is about the efficiency and value for money of human resource arrangements to reduce and cover teacher absence at school and local authority level. This Estyn report focuses on the impact of teacher absence on learners and on classroom provision and on how schools manage the impact of teacher absence. Read more >

The impact of teacher absence - Training Material

This PowerPoint is a way for providers to share the main findings of the report and review their own performance in a particular thematic area. The presentations summarise the report and include questions which providers can consider when looking to improve. Read more >

The impact of workforce remodelling on pupils' learning and raising standards - March 2007

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Workforce remodelling has had a considerable positive impact on schools. Teachers now have more time to undertake planning and assessment activities and there are more support staff in schools, which frees up teachers’ time for other activities. Where teaching has improved, pupils’ behaviour and attainment has also improved. However, in some schools the increase in support staff has put a senior teachers and headteachers. Almost 20% of schools feel that the remodelling agenda has had no positive impact on standards. Read more >

Using evidence to refine self-evaluation

Using evidence to refine self-evaluation

Fingers and Thumbs Day Care Centre, Bridgend, has refined its self-evaluation processes in order improve standards. The setting monitors the quality of learning both formally and informally and highlights areas for development. Read more >

Creating a shared vision with whole school improvement planning

Creating a shared vision with whole school improvement planning

Milton Infant School, Newport, introduced annual training for whole school self-evaluation and improvement planning. Before training, staff complete a questionnaire which then forms the basis of discussions. By involving all staff in planning, the school has an honest and open environment as well as shared aims and aspirations. Read more >

     Understanding children and identifying needs

Understanding children and identifying needs

St Winefride’s Playgroup, Flintshire, makes detailed observations of the children’s learning in order to identify their needs. Practitioners keep a record of the children’s development using voice recording and film. Records are then analysed to identify individual needs and plan for their future learning. The playgroup works in partnership with parents, who are provided with the relevant resources so that learning can continue at home. Practitioners’ committed approach to recording accurate observations has enabled St Winefride’s to have a clear understanding of children’s stages of learning. The staff have noticed an increase in children’s desire to learn and a boost in their self-esteem. 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 >

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 >

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Peer observation

Romilly Primary School has set up a Peer Observation Project, which allows teachers to observe lessons being delivered by their colleagues. Having identified an area of perceived weakness in a year group, teachers plan collaboratively for a forthcoming lesson, then observing as it is delivered, prior to formal feedback. This has ensured greater consistency in delivery of lessons across classes. Read more >

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Improving marking and assessment through pupil participation

Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi has demonstrated its inclusive ethos through the activities of the school council. The council regularly undertakes projects on aspects of school provision, providing pupils’ opinions on teaching strategies, reviewing the quality of marking and feedback, and raising awareness on all types of bullying, working closely with the Senior Leadership Team. Read more >

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