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Developing good reading habits

Alltwen Primary School improved pupils’ reading standards by running a weekly internet reading café. This allowed them to work with parents to increase the frequency of reading opportunities and improve reading habits. Nearly all pupils who attended the scheme made progress and increased their reading age. The majority of pupils are reading more at home. The scheme also allowed the school to develop positive relationships with parents. Read more >

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Supporting parental engagement through workshops

Parental engagement has improved at St Julian’s Primary School, thanks to family workshops and events. They give parents the opportunity to support learning and wellbeing, both at home and in school. The workshops involve parents working with their child to see what is being taught in school so that they can continue their learning at home. Parents’ confidence in helping their children learn has improved, which has had a positive impact on pupil wellbeing. Read more >

Involving parents - Communication between schools and parents of school-aged children

This report is written in response to a request for advice from the Welsh Government in the Cabinet Secretary’s annual remit letter to Estyn for 2017-2018. The report is a short study in which we Read more >

A skills-based curriculum with more local contexts

Kitchener Primary has adapted its curriculum to focus more on what pupils want to learn, using more local contexts for learning. A flexible timetable is being trialled, to enable the exploration of topics in more depth and to provide further challenge. Regular sessions with parents also help to raise awareness. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation, and planning and preparation. Read more >

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Matching the curriculum for Wales to school values and teacher aspirations

Putting the wow factor into learning meant Llanishen Fach Primary School encouraging staff to take risks to develop a rich and creative curriculum. The school has embraced reform and promotes the belief that anything is possible. This case study represents the school’s curriculum development in relation to their progress in self-evaluation and planning and preparation. Read more >

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Promoting parents as partners supports school improvement

A relaxed coffee morning between parents and seniors leaders is just one of the many strategies adopted by Trelewis Primary School as part of its parental engagement. Wider stakeholder involvement has led to a more robust and accurate picture of the school’s own performance Read more >

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Developing whole school systems to bring about rapid improvement

Heolgerrig Community School has improved standards in reading and attendance as well as securing improvements through honest and accurate self-evaluation. Its improvement journey has taken the school out of special measures to performing above average in several areas. Read more >

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Creating a nurturing school through an inclusive approach to wellbeing

Cadoxton Primary School’s positive approach to wellbeing has created a nurturing community where pupils are ready to learn. Read more >

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Improving family engagement to develop pupil wellbeing within the school community

Lansdowne Primary School has successfully increased its parental engagement through workshops, groups, an open door policy and even a coffee shop. This has helped develop effective relationships with pupils’ families and provides early intervention opportunities when issues arise. Read more >

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