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Creating a professional culture of consistently high expectations

Leaders at Lliswerry High School have created a culture where teachers have consistently high expectations. They have provided timely and relevant professional development for staff. All staff participate in networks of professional practice and joint learning networks. This has led to a sense of collective responsibility for continually improving pedagogy and practice. Read more >

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Making all staff accountable for the quality of teaching

Leaders at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen have worked successfully to create a culture of shared responsibility for improving teaching. All members of the school’s leadership team have improving teaching as one of their core responsibilities. After support and professional development, middle leaders have increasing accountability for the quality of teaching in their departments. All teachers have a performance management target relating to improving teaching. Read more >

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Using evidence-based teacher led professional development sessions to improve teaching at a whole school level

Professional learning is a high priority in Ysgol Uwchradd Abertifi and leaders have invested considerable time and finance into this priority. The professional learning opportunities afforded to staff have led to better teaching practices and a much greater consistency in delivering good teaching across the school. Giving teachers the chance to lead professional learning activities has strengthened the school’s leadership capacity. Read more >

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Encouraging teachers to talk and learn from each other

Leaders at Deighton Primary have encouraged teachers to talk to each other and learn from each other. Overtime, teachers have opened their classrooms to their colleagues and have shared their practice with and learnt from other schools. Teachers in the school are confident and ready to take measured pedagogical risks and try new approaches and strategies in order to continue to develop professionally. Read more >

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Creating a culture of professional reflection and learning

Senior leaders at Hafod Primary School ensure that all teachers have opportunities to innovate, collaborate and lead initiatives that affect the school’s teaching and pedagogical practices positively. Read more >

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Keeping pupils at the centre of teaching and learning

At Gladestry Church in Wales Primary School, there are exceptional levels of respect between pupils and staff. Teachers are determined that pupils should lead aspects of their own learning and facilitate this through their excellent teaching practices. The school is well on its way to exemplifying many of the pedagogical principles that underpin the new curriculum. Read more >

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Sustaining excellence in teaching

Herbert Thompson Primary School provides high quality professional learning opportunities for its entire staff. These opportunities link well to classroom practice and are supported by effective coaching. The professional learning activities build the capacity of all staff and enable them to ‘aim for excellence’ in their teaching. Read more >

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Sharing excellence in teaching

One of Ysgol Gynradd Parcyrhun’s most effective procedures to ensure consistency and high standards in terms of teaching is the monitoring week that it holds each term. The monitoring week has a high profile in the school’s termly calendar and is a forum to enable leaders at all levels to evaluate teaching and learning and share good practice. Read more >

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Trusting staff to lead on improving pedagogy and practice

At Pontarddulais Comprehensive School the combination of the culture created and nurtured by the headteacher and headship team and their trust in aspiring leaders to lead and manage whole school developments, has ensured excellent outcomes and innovative approaches to pedagogy over time. Read more >

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