Merthyr Tydfil


At Greenfield Special School, senior leaders have embraced the challenge to improve pupils’ Welsh language skills. As a result, nearly all pupils make extensive progress in relation to their needs, abilities and starting points.   Number of learners: 178 Age range: 3-19 Date of inspection: March 2017   Information about the school Greenfield […]

Estyn: Engaging All Pupils in the Welsh Language – Greenfield Special School



Area(s) of focus: Improve school governance; Improve the quality/ consistency of leadership. School(s) or partnership name: Cyfarthfa High School Name of lead person: Carolyn Meade Role of lead person:  Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: meadec@cyfarthfahigh.merthyr.sch.uk  Local Authority(ies): Merthyr Tydfil Phase(s): Secondary   Context and background of case study For many years the governing body at Cyfarthfa […]

Effective Governing Body Structures to Enhance School Leadership – Cyfarthfa High School   Recently added!



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 St Illtyd’s RC Primary was supported by St Mary’s RC Primary. From the outset of the collaborative work, clear support was provided with a focus on raising the quality of Foundation Phase provision in the 3 core areas (languages, literacy and communication, mathematical development and personal and […]

Improving Foundation Phase Provision of Core Subjects – St Illtyd’s RC Primary (Merthyr Tydfil) St Mary’s RC Primary (Merthyr Tydfil)



Context of Research Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Ynyswen was partnered with Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Santes Tudful to further develop the upward trend and enhance the work taking place. The main focus of the work was to improve learning and teaching with a specific focus on developing excellence and the lead school’s […]

Improving Learning and Teaching – Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Santes Tudful and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Ynyswen



Context and background The school had already been doing a ‘literacy in form time’ slot which was proving popular with pupils and teachers. The aim was to measure the impact of these 15 minute sessions and improve their impact by differentiating their content using a ‘workstations’ style approach. Nature of strategy/activity Initially, literacy in […]

Bishop Hedley Catholic High School – The Impact of Literacy Mastery Learning Sessions on eFSM Pupils using Digital Workstations



Context and Purpose In contemporary education the idea of a growth mind set is perceived to be essential in order for young learners to utilise more profound learning strategies, attain higher levels in different subjects and achieve a positive self-insight (Grant & Dweck, 2003; Blackwell et al., 2007; Yeager & […]

St Aloysius Primary School – ‘Closing the Gap’ Action Research Project



Bishop Hedley High School is an English-medium school for 11 to 16-year-old pupils in Merthyr local authority. The percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals is around 22.5%, which is above the average of 17.4% for Wales. The school has 29.7% of pupils on the special education needs register, […]

Estyn – Bishop Hedley High School: Moving from Mimicry to Mastery of a Modern Foreign Language



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



Strategy: Subject teachers use the Essential Skills Wales curriculum to plan opportunities to develop pupils’ skills. The school provides pupils with a booklet in which they track their own progress in each of the skill areas. Action: Each subject department has a ‘skills champion’ who ensures that schemes of work […]

Estyn: Pen Y Dre High School – Involving pupils in their own progress in skills



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



The Practitioner’s Journey captures the design, implementation and assessment of a physical literacy based initiative aimed at improving the writing skills of a group of targeted children and tracks the experiences of Lisa, a Learning Support Assistant. With training and support from staff and a PESS mentor, Lisa delivered a bespoke, child-centred physical literacy […]

Central South Consortium Physical Literacy Team: Cyfarthfa Park Primary School – The Practitioner’s Journey