Cardiff


Area of focus: Improving the quality of teaching School(s) or partnership name: Willowbrook Primary School Name of lead person: Steve Davies Role of lead person: Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: stdavies@cardiff.gov.uk Lead person telephone number: 029 2079 5965 Local Authority: Cardiff Phase(s): Foundation Phase and key stage 2   Context and background to case study Willowbrook Primary […]

Raising Standards in Teaching – Willowbrook Primary School



School name(s): Willowbrook Primary School in partnership with Thornhill Primary School (Cardiff) and Penyrenglyn Primary School (RCT) Name of Lead Person(s): Miss Lisa Davies / Mrs Harriet Barber (Eco Leaders) Role of Lead Person(s): Eco Committee Leader Lead person e-mail address:  lisadavies@willowbrookprm.cardiff.sch.uk hbarber@willowbrookprm.cardiff.sch.uk Lead person telephone number: 029 2079 5965 Local Authority(ies): Cardiff […]

Developing Excellent Eco Practice to Achieve the Platinum Award – Willowbrook Primary School



Area(s) of focus: Improving attendance Name of school / partnership: Willowbrook Primary School Name of lead person: Steve Davies Role of lead person: Headteacher Local authority(ies): Cardiff Phase(s): Primary   Context and background Willowbrook Primary School is located in St Mellons in Cardiff. There are currently 352 full-time and 64 part-time […]

Willowbrook Primary School – Improving Attendance



Kitchener Primary School serves the Riverside area of Cardiff, one of the most diverse parts of the city. The school roll reflects the ethnic makeup of the community. Overall, 90% of the children are from an ethnic minority with around half the pupils coming from a Bangladeshi background. Altogether there […]

Kitchener Primary School – The Parlimentary Review: A Year in Review



Context of Research The collaborative work began with a clear agenda and focus. This was to reflect on, and improve pedagogy in Year 1 so that it more closely aligns with the philosophy associated with the Foundation Phase. The main focus of the work undertaken was to develop the skills […]

Improving Foundation Phase Provision – SIG 32



Context of Research With a common focus on the issue of improvement, the purpose of the collaborative coaching programme was to encourage the development of a whole school coaching programme and in doing so collaborate with two other schools within a defined SIG. The focus of the coaching was to […]

Developing Outdoor Provision in the Foundation Phase – SIG 31



Context of Research Developing effective assessment for learning was the primary purpose of the project. In January, SIG 27 organised a two day conference focused on embedding formative assessment - ‘Leadership for Teacher Learning’ delivered by an external consultant. Teachers across the six schools worked in teaching triads to evaluate […]

Embedding Formative Assessment – SIG 27



Context of Research In order to strengthen SIG working through using technology to engage learners and develop effective pedagogies, schools worked collaboratively to develop a history themed half termly project focusing on what it was like for a child living in their school’s community during World War II. As well […]

Using Technology to Engage Learners and Develop Successful Futures – SIG 23



Context of Research Aims Deepen professional understanding of effective feedback and marking Create a shared, consistent approach to feedback and marking Create a school policy that promotes effective feedback strategies Create a portfolio of examples of effective feedback to support marking policy Training A SIG focus on effective feedback inspired […]

Deepening Professional Understanding of Effective Feedback and Marking – SIG 14



Context of Research Pantysgallog Primary was supported by Stacey Primary. There were two priorities: improving pupils’ mathematics at level 5 at the end of key stage 2 and developing the role of subject leaders. The focus on developing the role of the subject leader was prioritised as a mechanism to […]

Improving Mathematics at 1+ Level – Pantysgallog Primary and Stacey Primary



Context of Research Staff at St Francis supported staff from St Patrick’s RC Primary School. The main focus was literacy based, specifically developing writing through Talk 4 Writing. The collaborative work included lesson observations, feedback, discussion and planning time and sharing good practice. Work was undertaken in Reception and Years […]

Improving Standards in Writing – St Patrick’s Primary and St Francis Primary



Context of Research Glan-yr-Afon was supported by Meadowlane. Staff worked in pairs within their phase (Foundation Phase, KS2a, KS2b) to visit each school. The focus of this was examples of marking and assessment for learning (AfL) and extended writing. Teachers in the supported school were able to see how marking […]

Improving Extended Writing – Meadowlane Primary and Glan-yr-Afon Primary



Tredegarville C.I.W Primary has developed partnerships with local businesses and community organisations to provide a range of activities that enrich the curriculum and raise pupils’ and parents’ aspirations.   Number of pupils: 245 Age range: 3-11 Date of inspection: November 2016 Context and background to sector-leading practice The school is […]

Estyn: Tredegarville CiW Primary School – Effective Partnerships that Engage Children and Enrich the Curriculum



Context of Research The Pathfinder focused on developing leadership and meeting the needs of learners at risk of exclusion. Working towards the Inclusion Quality Mark standard helped to focus on the inclusion of all learners but specifically those with ADHD whose behaviour can be particularly challenging. The Court School was […]

Meeting the Needs of Learners at Risk of Exclusion – Greenhill Special School and The Court School



Context of Research To use LEGO education Build to Express (BTE) as a ‘therapy’ to support targeted pupils who are identified as having a social or emotional need or who find it difficult to articulate their feelings and emotions: Use BTE to provide pupils with a ‘voice’ which allows them […]

Supporting Vulnerable Learners – YGG Llyn y Forwyn, Gwaelod y Garth Primary and All Saints CiW Primary



At St Mellon’s C.I.W Primary, pupils work with partner organisations like Welsh National Opera to raise pupils’ skills, wellbeing and aspirations. Number of pupils: 116 Age range: 4-11 Date of inspection: 3-6 October 2016 Context and background to sector-leading practice St Mellons Church in Wales Primary School places a focus […]

Estyn: St Mellon’s CiW Primary School – Working with External Partners to Develop Pupils’ Skills and Talents



Context and background   Analysis of end of key stage 3 outcomes in history in 2015 confirmed the view that boys, particularly eFSM, tended to underachieve against target levels and in comparison with their peers. This was also evident in Year 8 outcomes. Additionally, Welsh National Tests outcomes showed a significant […]

Fitzalan High School – History Boys



Context and Background Nationally, the gap between non-FSM and eFSM pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades including English and mathematics is just below 28% (2015). This has been a fairly consistent figure in recent years and it explains why closing this gap has become a national priority. Although the number of […]

Cardiff High School – Pedagogical Approaches to Close the eFSM Gap



Setting Roath Park is located North-East of Cardiff City Centre Roath Park Primary 120 years old 500+ pupils aged between 3 and 11 years 50 members of staff in total – Home Languages spoken include Welsh, Urdu, Bengali and Arabic. 60% of pupils from Minority Ethnic background, 58% have a […]

Roath Park Primary School – A model of Family Engagement with a Growth Mindset Focus



Introduction                                                                                               Whitchurch Primary School is situated in North Cardiff. There are currently 708 pupils on roll aged from 3 to 11 years old. Of these pupils, 78 attend part-time in the nursery. The school opened in September 2012 following the closure of two local schools, Eglwys Wen Primary School and […]

Whitchurch Primary School – ‘Closing the Gap’ – Llwyddiant i Bawb



Name of lead person: Mrs Sarah Parry (Headteacher) and Dr Vince Browne (Partner Headteacher) Lead person e-mail address: sparry@llanishen.cardiff.sch.uk Lead person telephone number: 029 20680800 Local Authority/Authorities: Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Phase: Secondary   Context and background to case study: The rationale for establishing a formal partnership between Llanishen High School and Llantwit Major […]

Llanishen High School – Llanishen-Llantwit Partnership



Area of Focus: Improve the link between the school and the local community Name of Lead Person: Wendy Owen / Jan Jones Role of Lead Person: Y5 Class Teacher / Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: ysgolgwaelodygarth@cardiff.gov.uk Lead person telephone number: 02920810489 Local Authority: Cardiff Phase: Primary Context and background to case study:  […]

The ‘Lan’ English and History Project – Ysgol Gwaelod y Garth   Recently added!



Context Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr is a Welsh-medium school that is maintained by Cardiff local authority, for boys and girls aged between 11 and 18 years. There are 1,081 pupils on roll. Just under 6% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is much lower than the national average. Seventeen per […]

Estyn: Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr – Using Learning in Drama to Foster Wellbeing, Diversity and Citizenship.



Fitzalan High School has adapted the provision in music to engage pupils who are new to English. Context Fitzalan High School is an 11-19 mixed, community school maintained by Cardiff local authority. The school serves some areas which are economically disadvantaged. There are currently 1,648 pupils on roll. Just over […]

Estyn: Fitzalan High School – Adapting Provision in Music to Engage Pupils Who Are New to English





Area(s) of focus:  Improve pupil outcomes in foundation phase Reduce the FSM gap Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils Improve pupil outcomes in literacy Improve pupil outcomes in numeracy Improve pupil outcomes in ICT Ensure that the curriculum is suitable for all groups of learners Improve the quality of teaching […]

Windsor Clive Primary School – Coaching



Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in Welsh School(s) or partnership name: Radnor Primary School, Cardiff Name of lead person: Peter Roderick Lead person e-mail address: peterroderick@radnorprm.cardiff.sch.uk Lead person telephone number: 02920 387506 Local Authority: Cardiff Phase: Primary Context and background to case study: Estyn inspected the school in December 2014 and identified Welsh as an area […]

Radnor Primary School – Improving Standards of Welsh Second Language in a Primary School



Title of Case Study: Wallpaper Activity Area(s) of focus: Improve Quality of Teaching; Improve pupil outcomes in Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2. School(s) or partnership name: Meadowlane Primary School Name of lead person: Chloe Langson Role of lead person: Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: Chloe.langson@cardiff.gov.uk Lead person telephone number: 029 2036 0340 Local Authority(ies): Cardiff Phase(s): Primary   […]

Meadowlane Primary School – Wallpaper Activity



Context and background of case study: Since September 2014 Bryn Deri has embarked on a digital journey. The school recognised the need to develop ‘Computational-Thinking’ to enhance digital confidence and competence. Through embedding computational-thinking into lessons across the school, the school knew that this area of learning would have a […]

Bryn Deri Primary School – Digital Competence: Computational Thinking to Support Literacy and Numeracy Skills Development



Context and Background to Case Study Since September 2014 Bryn Deri has embarked on a digital journey. The school recognised the need to develop ‘Computational-Thinking’ to enhance digital confidence and competence. Through embedding computational-thinking into lessons across the school, the school knew that this area of learning would have a […]

Digital Competence: Computational-Thinking to Support Literacy and Numeracy Skills Development



Rhydypenau Primary School is a large primary school of over 500 learners in Cardiff. In 2011, Estyn judged standards at the school to be good. Birchgrove Primary School is also located in Cardiff and is slightly smaller with around 400 learners on roll. Rhydypenau Primary School has almost 3 per […]

Welsh Government – Developing and sharing practice: Rhydypenau Primary School and Birchgrove Primary School



Ysgol Mynydd Bychan and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pen-y-Groes are Welsh-medium primary schools in Cardiff. Ysgol Mynydd Bychan has more than 200 learners on roll, much more than Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pen-y-Groes which is still a growing school and is not yet catering for as many learners as Ysgol Mynydd Bychan, […]

Welsh Government – Developing and sharing practice: Ysgol Mynydd Bychan and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pen-y-Groes



Cardiff High School is an 11 to 18 school and Willows High School is an 11 to 16 school, both located in Cardiff. Willows High School has successfully overcome historical learner performance issues to become one of the highest performing schools (with similar levels of free school meals) for learners […]

Welsh Government – Teaching practice, methods and self-evaluation: Cardiff High School and Willows High School



Bryn Hafod Primary School is situated on a large housing estate in the eastern suburb of Cardiff and has around 330 learners on roll. Around 34 per cent of learners are eligible for free school meals, which is higher than the average for the local authority and Wales. Herbert Thompson […]

Welsh Government – Teaching practice, methods and self-evaluation: Herbert Thompson Primary School and Bryn Hafod Primary School



School context and key issues Mount Stuart is a primary school of circa 400 pupils which runs from Reception to Year 6 and includes a nursery on site. The school is situated in a disadvantaged area: they have a three year average of 30% of children eligible for free school […]

Ipsos MORI – Closing the Gap: Mount Stuart Primary School



School context and key issues Herbert Thompson is a large primary school which runs from Reception to Year 6 and includes a nursery on site. The school is situated in a disadvantaged area: a high proportion of pupils are eFSM (56%) in comparison with both the local area and Wales, […]

Ipsos MORI – Closing the Gap: Herbert Thompson Primary School



Who was involved? HTs Subject leaders Teachers, LSAs and support staff Convenor Alison Price, St. Fagan’s CIW Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve standards of teaching and learning from good to excellent. Secure understanding of what constitutes good and excellent teaching in practice using the excellence in teaching framework Develop the role […]

School Improvement Group Thirty One – Secure understanding of what constitutes good and excellent teaching in practice using the excellence in teaching framework



Who was involved? Headteachers Teachers Family engagement officers Convenor Anna Maria Bevan, Tremorfa Nursery, Cardiff Focus Improve provision for MAT pupils in numeracy Improve standards in oracy Improve levels of family engagement. Actions Headteachers shared visits in SIG 29 schools and completed learning walks looking for strengths and areas for development. […]

School Improvement Group Twenty Nine A – Improve provision for MAT pupils in numeracy



Who was involved? Headteachers Convenor Lizzie Dykes, St.Monica’s CIW Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve provision of, and standards in, numerical reasoning and mathematics. Actions SIG 25 agreed a focus of developing numerical reasoning. Training in the creation of numerical reasoning tasks from an external provider was given to SIG 25 schools. Joint […]

School Improvement Group Twenty Five – Improve provision of, and standards in, numerical reasoning and mathematics.



Who was involved? Headteachers Deputy headteachers Subject leaders FP leaders Convenor Rhian Lundrigan, St. David’s CIW Primary, Cardiff Focus Move standards of teaching and learning from good to excellent. Improve standards of behaviour and wellbeing. Develop effective nurture provision. Actions SIG 18 agreed a focus of improving standards in teaching […]

School Improvement Group Eighteen – Move standards of teaching and learning from good to excellent



Who was involved? Headteachers Deputy headteachers Family engagement / liaison officers Convenor Jonathan Bussy, Radyr Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve teaching and learning using Continua Improve attendance Raising attendance and develop parental engagement Implementing LNF Community Involvement MAT learners provision Foundation Phase provision. Actions SIG 10 set up ‘operational groups’ (Siglets) […]

School Improvement Group Ten – Improve teaching and learning using Continua



Who was involved? Headteachers Senior leaders Convenor Mel Sancto Llysfaen Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve teaching, monitoring and evaluation through the use of ‘Excellence in Teaching’ resource. Actions SIG 8 schools decided to collaborate using the ‘Excellence in Teaching’ resource. Through this they facilitated: Joint training for staff Implementation of the resource Lesson observations Comprehensive […]

School Improvement Group Eight – Improve teaching, monitoring and evaluation through the use of ‘Excellence in Teaching’ resource



Who was involved? Headteachers Numeracy leaders Convenor Ferne Davies, Ninian Park Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve provision for, and teaching of, numerical reasoning. Move teaching from good to excellent. Actions SIG 6 began their work with learning walks focussed on classroom management, including the use of space and resources. School to school […]

School Improvement Group Six – Improve provision for, and teaching of, numerical reasoning.



Who was involved? Headteachers Numeracy leaders Convenor Judith Davies Danescourt Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve standards of literacy through consistent teaching of phonics and the use of Read Write Inc. Improve numeracy reasoning provision and practice in the Foundation Phase. Actions SIG 5 began their work with literacy and numeracy learning walks across […]

School Improvement Group Five – Improve standards of literacy through consistent teaching of phonics and the use of Read Write Inc



Who was involved? Headteachers Literacy & numeracy leaders Convenor Jason Clarke, Baden Powell Primary (Cardiff) Focus Improve literacy and numeracy provision. Improve level of family engagement. Actions To ensure consistency across SIG 3, Jeff Loxton LNF skills ladders were used to: Audit current provision and standards Adapt long, medium and short term […]

School Improvement Group Three – Improve literacy and numeracy provision



Who was involved? Headteachers Numeracy leaders Convenor Ruth Jackson, Kitchener Primary (Cardiff) Focus Improve levels of family engagement Improve standards in numeracy Actions The National Numeracy Diagnostic Tool was used in all SIG 2 schools to identify strengths, areas for development and any commonality across settings. The data was analysed by […]

School Improvement Group Two – Improving levels of family engagement



Twilight maths classes and specialist coaching in learners’ areas of weakness form part of an ambitious teaching strategy that is ensuring higher grades across the board. View the full Welsh Government case study here

Welsh Government – Best practice video case study – Michaelston Community College



Motivating students by showcasing their work on YouTube.To motivate their music students, Willows School got them to make their own video tutorial, using windows MovieMaker and posted it on Youtube where it received 70,000 hits and widespread favourable comment. Teachers have noticed greater enthusiasm for the subject and improved attendance […]

Welsh Government – Best practice video case study – Willows High School



In this series of case studies you can find out how schools in Wales are using results from the National Reading and Numeracy Tests to provide targeted support to their learners and drive up standards of literacy and numeracy. View the full Welsh Government case study here

Welsh Government- Using results from the National Reading and Numeracy Tests







The school's mission statement is 'Find your talents and let them grow; be the person you’d like to know'. This supports the schools ethos to provide a secure, supportive, caring and stimulating learning environment. Learners succeed as they believe in their own ability to learn and improve. Parental involvement is […]

Welsh Government – Best practice case study – Herbert Thompson Primary School



The school has overcome the problem of some reports getting 'lost' before they reach parents/carers by introducing an online service. This service provides up-to-date reports on children’s behaviour, attendance and learning progress. Parent/carers are engaged in programmes such as parenting classes and 'teach your child to learn' evenings. Parental engagement […]

Welsh Government – Best practice case study – Fitzalan High School





Staff at All Saints Church in Wales Primary School in the Cardiff suburb of Llanedeyrn are expected to meet high standards of performance, and continuous monitoring and evaluation is the order of the day. But the physical and emotional well-being of those same staff is also a top priority for […]

Welsh Government – Best practice case study – All Saints Church in Wales Primary School



Schools participating: Bridgend: Cynffig Comprehensive School Cardiff: Bryn y Deryn, Cardiff High School, Fitzalan High School Merthyr: Pen y Dre High RCT: Mountain Ash Comprehensive School Focus: The SIG is operating in eleven smaller groups known as SIGLETS, each with a different area of responsibility:   SIG steering group Quality […]

Secondary School Improvement Group 2 – SIGLETS



Severn Primary, Cardiff Llanedeyrn Primary, Cardiff Rumney Primary, Cardiff Grangetown Nursery, Cardiff Coryton Primary, Cardiff Parc Lewis Primary, RCT Focus: To improve family engagement All schools from SIG 32 identified improving family engagement as a priority in their school improvement plans (SIPs) and therefore this became the focus of the […]

School Improvement Group 32 – Improving Family Engagement



Bryn Deri Primary, Cardiff Coety Primary, Bridgend Grangetown Primary, Pentre Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf St. Cadoc’s RC Primary, Cardiff YGG Pont Sion Norton, Rhondda Cynon Taf YGG Castellau, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Dewi Sant, Vale of Glamorgan Ysgol Maes Dyfan, Vale of Glamorgan Focus: To develop the leadership and management […]

School Improvement Group 30 – Developing the Leadership and Management Skills of Middle Leaders and Aspiring Middle Leaders



Springwood Primary, Cardiff Bryn Celyn Primary, Cardiff Gelli Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf Llanhari Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf Ysgol Yr Eos, Rhondda Cynon Taf Marlborough Primary, Cardiff Ysgol y Ferch O’r Sger, Bridgend Focus: All SIG 27 schools identified improving teaching and learning through the use of Continua as a priority […]

School Improvement Group 27 – Improving Teaching and Learning through the use of Continua



Darran Park, RCT Hawthorn Primary, Cardiff Holy Family RC Primary, Cardiff Llandough Primary, Vale Porth Juniors, RCT St. John Lloyd RC Primary, Cardiff Ysgol Pen Y Pil, Cardiff Focus: To improve provision for and teaching of numerical reasoning skills Seven schools from SIG 23 were involved in the collaborative work […]

School Improvement Group 23 – Improving Provision for Teaching Numerical Reasoning Skills



Alaw Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf Trehopcyn Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Llyn y Forwyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Gwaelod y Garth, Cardiff Hafod Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf All Saints CIW Primary, Vale of Glamorgan Focus: To explore the impact of pupils’ preferred learning styles on attainment Leaders visited each others’ settings in […]

School Improvement Group 22 B – Pupil’s Wellbeing as a Focus for Improvement



Alaw Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf Trehopcyn Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Llyn y Forwyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Gwaelod y Garth, Cardiff Hafod Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf All Saints CIW Primary, Vale of Glamorgan Focus: To explore the impact of pupils’ preferred learning styles on attainment Leaders visited each others’ settings in […]

School Improvement Group 22 A – Exploring the Impact of Pupils’ Preferred Learning Styles on Attainment



Cilfynydd Primary (RCT) Gellifaelog Primary (RCT) Pontrhondda Primary (RCT) St. Helen’s RC Primary (VOG) Trealaw Primary (RCT) Trowbridge Primary (Cardiff) Ysgol Gynradd Coed Y Dderwen (Bridgend) Heronsbridge Special (Bridgend). Focus: To improve classroom and behaviour management Leaders began the collaborative work by visiting schools within the SIG. From this they identified inclusion […]

School Improvement Group 12 – Improving Classroom and Behaviour Management



Llysfaen Primary - Cardiff Evenlode Primary – Vale of Glamorgan Penrhys Primary - RCT St. Peter’s RC Primary - Cardiff Lansdowne Primary – Cardiff Christ the King RC – Cardiff. Focus: to improve teaching standards using ‘Excellence in Teaching’ framework. All SIG 8 schools involved identified improving teaching and learning as a priority […]

School Improvement Group 8 – To improve teaching standards using ‘Excellence in Teaching’ framework.





Context Between 2007 and 2011, secondary school attendance in Cardiff was consistently below the Wales average and one of the worst in Wales. Cardiff’s previous attendance strategy had a limited impact on the rates of attendance in secondary schools. An Estyn inspection in 2008 judged that the authority’s strategy to […]

The impact of delegation and implementation of a five-step framework in a secondary high school and its primary school cluster in Cardiff – Fitzalan High School



Context Cathays High School is a multi-cultural 11-19 secondary school, close to Cardiff city centre. Thirty-seven per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals and 38% of pupils have special educational needs. Over 50 languages are spoken within the community, often as the first language at home. Around […]

Addressing the needs of pupils from the Czech and Slovak Roma community in Cathays High School



Title of case study:  Principality staff providing literacy support for our year 8 pupils Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in L2 Improve pupil outcomes in L1 Reduce the FSM gap Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils Reduce FTE Improve attendance Reduce NEETs School(s) or partnership name: Llanishen High School […]

Llanishen High School – Principality staff providing literacy support for our year 8 pupils



Ely Caerau Federation Schools are situated on the West side of Cardiff. A large proportion of the community falls into the top 10% most deprived areas in Wales. Ely and Caerau are Welsh Government Communities First designated areas. A survey undertaken by Estyn in 2013 showed that 20% of Federation […]

Wales Centre for Equity in Education: Ely Caerau Federation Schools – Reducing the impact of poverty



'Learning and Living Together’ is the school’s core purpose and this case study focuses on engaging the parents and families of young people to overcome cultural barriers and the challenges of being a learner with English as a second language. ‘At Mount Stuart Primary School we value the contribution of all […]

Wales Centre for Equity in Education: Mount Stuart Primary School – Reducing the impact of poverty



Title of case study: Improving attendance Area(s) of focus: Improve attendance School(s) or partnership name: Marlborough Primary School Name of lead person: Jonathan Lewis Role of lead person: Acting Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: Jonathan.Lewis@cardiff.gov.uk Lead person telephone number: 029 20 492564 Local authority(ies): Cardiff Phase(s): Primary Context and background to […]

Marlborough Primary School – Improving attendance



Title of case study: Using the continua to improve teaching Area(s) of focus: Improve the quality of teaching School(s) or partnership name: Marlborough Primary School Name of lead person: Jonathan Lewis Role of lead person: Acting Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: Jonathan.Lewis@cardiff.gov.uk Lead person telephone number: 029 20 492564 Local authority(ies): Cardiff […]

Marlborough Primary School – Using the continua to improve teaching



Title of case study: The war room! Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in foundation phase Improve pupil outcomes in KS2 Improve pupil outcomes in CSI Reduce the gender gap Reduce the FSM gap Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils Improve pupil outcomes in literacy Improve pupil outcomes in numeracy […]

Roath Park Primary School – The war room!



Teitl yr astudiaeth achos: Codi safonau ar gyfer disgyblion PYDd ar lefel 2 gan gynnwys Saesneg a mathemateg Meysydd ffocws: Cau’r bwlch PYDd Gwella deilliannau ar lefel 2+ ar gyfer disgyblion PYDd Enw’r ysgol neu bartneriaeth: Ysgol Uwchradd Cathays Enw’r person arweiniol: Stuart Davies Rôl y person arweiniol: Pennaeth Cynorthwyol […]

Ysgol Uwchradd Cathays: Codi safonau ar gyfer disgyblion PYDd ar lefel 2 gan gynnwys Saesneg a mathemateg



Title of case study: Improving Attendance Area(s) of focus: Improving Attendance School(s) or partnership name: Bryn Celyn Primary School Name of lead person: Mrs Elizabeth Keys Role of lead person: Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: ekeys@cardiff.gov.uk Lead person telephone number: 02920 400770 Local authority(ies): Cardiff Phase(s): Primary Context and background […]

Bryn Celyn Primary School: Improving Attendance



Title of case study: Art and thinking skills Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in foundation phase Improve pupil outcomes in KS2 Improve pupil outcomes in the non-core subjects Improve the quality of AFL School(s) or partnership name: Llanishen Fach Primary School Name of lead person: Mark Barrett Role of […]

Llanishen Fach Primary School: Art and Thinking Skills





Nature of strategy or activity identified as sector-leading practice: A significant amount of work was carried out to ensure the whole school community was part of establishing a long-term vision and school values that reflected the strong belief in all children and a commitment to the community in which they […]

Estyn: Herbert Thompson Primary School – Developing staff skills to improve standards for all learners



Description of nature of strategy or activity: The school opened its Assistive Technology Centre in September 2010. The Advisory Centre for Education describes Assistive Technology as ‘any equipment or system that is used to increase or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities’. Four members of staff achieved professional qualifications […]

Estyn: Tŷ Gwyn Special School – Technology plays a significant role in helping pupils to achieve their potential



Nature of strategy or activity identified as sector-leading practice: The school started to re-think teacher support by defining coaching: Coaching is the development of teachers’ skills and knowledge so that their job performances and enjoyment of their roles improves. It involves a sharing partnership in which professionals support each other. […]

Estyn: Cardiff High School – Teacher coaching programme underpins excellence



Strategy: Mary Immaculate Catholic High School includes pupils’ development in skills in its teaching and learning policy. The school has rigorous monitoring procedures that challenge all pupils to meet their potential in all areas of their learning. The senior management team regularly undertake lesson observations, book reviews and pupil surveys […]

Estyn: Mary Immaculate Catholic High School – Monitoring provision for skills



St. Philip Evans R.C Primary School, Cardiff, aims to strengthen pupil participation and increase the opportunities for all children by involving them in decision making. Staff have been trained how to organise activities taking into account pupils’ views. Children are consulted about how they want to learn which helps with […]

Estyn: St Philip Evans R.C. Primary School – Giving pupils a voice



Strategy: Senior managers give staff opportunities to acquire and further their specialist skills as well as reflect on and share the most effective practice. They use occasions such as INSET days to build a strong culture of professional development throughout the school. In addition, highly effective networks of professional practice […]

Estyn: Ty Gwyn School – Statutory INSET in schools



The standards of pupils’ literacy at this large primary school in an urban setting were low. The headteacher and staff analysed why this might be. They found that a main cause was that many pupils experienced very little verbal interaction at home and, as a consequence, they were not exposed […]

Estyn: Greenway Primary School – Raising pupils’ standards of literacy



Two teachers wanted to develop new knowledge and skills in engaging pupils with severe learning difficulties in more physical activity. The pupils had very low concentration spans and they did not always relate well to one another. The teachers attended sessions on how to use music and dance to engage […]

Estyn: The Hollies Special School – Developing new techniques to extend the range of physical activity with pupils with special education needs



Strategy: The school promotes its mission statement “Learning and Living Together” through building strong partnerships with its parents and the local community. During the past three years, as part of its drive to improve standards in literacy, the school has made increasing parental engagement a priority. The school’s strategy to […]

Estyn: Mount Stuart Primary School – Developing effective strategies to engage with parents and carers



Strategy: Part of the school’s strategic planning is to create stronger links with parents and the local community, so as to ensure that disadvantaged learners are well supported. The school has focused attention on learners’ transition from key stage 2 to key stage 3 and monitors carefully learners’ progress and […]

Estyn: Cathays High School – Creating stronger links with parents and the local community to ensure that disadvantaged learners are well-supported



Strategy: A task and finish group consisting of headteachers and local authority officers developed the framework to provide a systematic and rigorous approach to managing attendance. The five steps in the strategy are as follows: Step 1 – School-based intervention such as demonstrating a clear attendance ethos, interventions of form […]

Estyn: Fitzalan High School – The impact of delegation and implementation of a five-step framework in a secondary high school and its primary school cluster in Cardiff



Strategy: The main areas of focus for the strategy are to: improve the school's engagement with the parents from the Czech and Slovak community reduce issues related to bullying and discrimination against pupils from the Czech and Slovak Roma community improve the self-esteem of pupils from this community through engaging […]

Estyn: Cathays High School – Addressing the needs of pupils from the Czech and Slovak Roma community



Nature of strategy or activity identified as sector-leading practice: Through the schools' information management system, every teacher, head of department, head of year and senior management link receives information on pupils' social background and prior attainment. This has led to detailed planning for progression for every pupil, including vulnerable groups […]

Estyn: Cathays High School – Supporting vulnerable groups of pupils



Five secondary schools, one from each local authority within Central South Consortium Joint Education Service, were invited to take part in the pilot. The selected schools were: Brynteg Comprehensive School – Bridgend Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School - Vale of Glamorgan Eastern High School – Cardiff Pen Y Dre High School – Merthyr […]

Central South Consortium Physical Literacy Team: Learner Voice