Supportive leadership that drives improvement

At Sunflower Tots, the childcare co-ordinator monitors staff regularly to give her a good understanding of the playgroup’s strengths and areas for development. This allows her to identify the new resources and training needed to improve provision. Read more >

Planning for challenging learning experiences

At Ysgol Cae Top, joint planning and regular professional discussions between staff ensure high expectations for all learners. Read more >

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Focusing on improvement

A culture of honest self-evaluation, linked to school improvement planning and a focus on excellent teaching helps Birchgrove Primary School to raise standards. Read more >

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Allocating apprentices to colleges most able to teach the required skills

Apprentices at B-wbl are trained by the college that is best able to deliver their chosen vocation. This reduces costs and benefits learners. Read more >

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 >