Vale of Glamorgan




Little did I know that within 6 months of becoming Head Teacher in January 2014, our school would find itself at the heart of all four Central South Wales Challenge (CSWC) initiatives. Inspired by the London and Manchester Challenges, these initiatives are building a self-improving school system and breaking down […]

All Saints Church in Wales Primary School – The Parlimentary Review: A Year in Perspective



Colcot Primary School is situated in the town of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. The school’s Headteacher is Mrs Nia Cule. There are 325 pupils on roll aged 3 – 11 years old. The school has 13 teachers and 14 non teaching members of staff. The school serves an […]

Colcot Primary School – The Parlimentary Review: A Year in Perspective (Saesneg yn unig)



Context of Research The senior leadership team and staff were keen to expand the opportunities for pupils from both schools to work together to create a framework for successfully achieving Digital Competence whilst maximising the use of Hwb+. It was agreed that such opportunities should be relevant, challenging and exciting […]

Using Hwb+ to Engage Learners – Cwmclydach Primary and Ysgol y Ddraig







Context of Research Staff from Llansannor Primary were supported by Mynydd Cynffig Primary. From the outset there was a clear, focused remit for the work: Raise standards in mathematics and numeracy, particularly at level 5 at key stage 2 and Outcomes 5 and 6 in Foundation Phase; Improve pupil performance […]

Raising Standards in Mathematics and Numeracy – Mynydd Cynffig Primary and Llansannor Primary



When Dinas Powys Primary School was formed from the amalgamation of two schools, clear strategic leadership ensured that the quality of teaching and learning in the new school was maintained.   Number of pupils: 464 Age range: 3-11 Date of inspection: May 2016 Context and background to sector-leading practice When […]

Estyn: Dinas Powys Primary School – Effective Leadership for Seamless School Amalgamation





Context and background Staff were concerned that pupils weren’t engaging with feedback, which was primarily directive. The new literacy co-ordinator was familiar with the practice of question-based feedback, which had been shown through research to have greater impact on learning. The department felt that it was necessary for pupils to engage with the […]

Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School – Effective Marking and Feedback to Raise Attainment of eFSM Pupils



Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School is an English-medium school for 11 to 18-year-old pupils in Vale of Glamorgan local authority. The percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals is around 28.9%, which is well above the average of 17.4% for Wales. The school has 28.2% of pupils on the special […]

Estyn – Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School: Sequencing activities to enable pupils to build their skills in modern foreign languages incrementally



St Cyres School is an English-medium school for 11 to 18-year-old pupils in Vale of Glamorgan local authority. The percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals is around 17.3% which is in line with the average of 17.4% for Wales. The school has 29.9% of pupils on the special […]

Estyn – St Cyres School: Effective use of software to engage pupils and enhance their learning



Albert School, Penarth, has seen improvements in pupils’ motivation, engagement and the quality of work after involving learners in curriculum design. Number of learners: 406 Age range: 3-11 Date of Estyn inspection: September 2015 Information about the school Albert Primary School is in Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan local authority. […]

Estyn: Pupils Shape Their Own Curriculum – Albert School



Who was involved? Headteachers Teachers Convenor David Morris, Jenner Park, Vale Focus Improve standards in reading through improved pedagogy. Develop a co-coaching model to improve teaching and learning. Actions To begin collaborative working in SIG 26, standards in reading and teaching were evaluated. The focus of improvement was agreed to […]

School Improvement Group Twenty Six – Improve standards in reading through improved pedagogy.



Who was involved? HTs, Teachers HLTAs, LSAs, ARR leaders Convenor Rob Williams, St.Nicholas CIW Primary, Vale Focus Improve numeracy tracking. Impact of PDG on pupils’ progress. Improve literacy skills through Rapid Reading and Rapid Writing programmes. Actions SIG 21 identified three common improvement areas; the provision of numeracy rich tasks in order […]

School Improvement Group Twenty One – Improve numeracy tracking



Who was involved? Headteachers SLT Convenor Caroline Newman, Gladstone Primary, Vale Focus To improve standards of teaching and learning. To secure schools’ understanding of what constitutes adequate, good and excellent teaching in practice using the Excellence in Teaching framework. Actions A number of the schools in SIG 20 used ‘Excellence […]

School Improvement Group Twenty – To improve standards of teaching and learning.



Who was involved? Headteachers FP and KS2 Teachers Convenor Ceri Hoffrock, St.David’s CIW Primary, Vale of Glamorgan Focus Moving teaching from good to excellent using Continua focused on FP practice- improve outdoor learning, plenary and verbal feedback KS2 practice- improve short term planning based on evaluation, differentiation and teachers’ written […]

School Improvement Group Seventeen – Moving teaching from good to excellent using Continua



Who was involved? Headteachers Deputy Headteachers Curriculum leaders & teachers Convenor Tara Lloyd, Peterston Super Ely CIW Primary, Vale Focus Improve standards of teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy through the use of Big and Little Maths, Big Write and Talk for Writing. Moderation of end of KS2 Welsh […]

School Improvement Group Fifteen – Improve standards of teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy through the use of Big and Little Maths, Big Write and Talk for Writing.



Who was involved? Headteachers Literacy and numeracy leaders Convenor Sian Lewis, Fairfield Primary (Vale of Glamorgan) Focus Improve the quality of teaching and learning in literacy. Improve target setting and review pupil progress through tracking. Employ strategies to improve attendance and punctuality. Actions SIG 4 work began with learning walks across […]

School Improvement Group Four – Improve the quality of teaching and learning in literacy.



Who was involved? Headteachers Yr 1 - 6 Teachers Convenor Colin Smith, Llancarfan Primary (VOG) Focus Improving teaching and learning. Moving from good to excellent. Actions Learning walks across SIG 1 schools by same year group teachers took place with a focus on: Learning environment Standards Provision Classroom organisation Strengths […]

School Improvement Group One – Moving From Good to Excellent



On-line partnership with National Library expands repertoire of Welsh medium learning resources.Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg, a Welsh-medium secondary school in the Vale of Glamorgan is making use of a treasure trove of learning resources available via the National Library of Wales’ website.The Library’s work is helping to address the shortage […]

Welsh Government – Best practice video case study – Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg



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



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



Cadoxton Primary, Vale Brynnau Primary, RCT St. Joseph’s RC , Vale Archdeacon John Lewis, Bridgend Blaengarw Primary, RCT Coedylan Primary, RCT Croesty Primary, Bridgend Cwmfelin Primary, Bridgend Llantrisant Primary, RCT Nantymoel, RCT St. Andrew’s Major, Vale Focus: To improve provision for, pupil skills in, and assessment of numerical reasoning. The […]

School Improvement Group 24 – To improve provision for, pupil skills in, and assessment of numerical reasoning.



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.



Title of case study: Improve whole-school play opportunities and pupil behaviour through the use of a 'Play pod' Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil play and behaviour School(s) or partnership name: Palmerston Primary School Name of lead person: Katy Edwards and Sarah Cason Role of lead person: Deputy head teacher and Literacy co-ordinator […]

Palmerston Primary School – Improve whole-school play opportunities and pupil behaviour through the use of a ‘Play pod’



Title of case study: Engaging effectively with the community to raise standards Area(s) of focus: Achievement for all School(s) or partnership name: Palmerston Primary School Name of lead person: Katy Edwards Role of lead person: Deputy head teacher Lead person e-mail address: palmerstondeputy@hotmail.com Lead person telephone number: 01446747393 Local authority(ies): Vale […]

Palmerston Primary School – Engaging effectively with the community to raise standards



Activity: Excellent transition arrangements from key stage 2 to key stage 3 include: transfer of attainment data, which is used well by the secondary school identification of pupils who are more able and/or talented by Year 6 teachers parents of pupils in Year 6 given the opportunity to identify areas […]

Estyn: Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg – Transition arrangements and identification of more able and talented pupils



The senior management team at All Saints CIW Primary have used distributed leadership to communicate their shared vision to staff at the school.  Effective pastoral support for staff promotes effective teamwork. The impact: improved standards of teaching and assessment.  Pupils’ standards have also improved, particularly in the core subjects. Description of nature […]

Estyn: All Saints C.I.W. Primary School – Happy teachers, happy pupils



Action: The initial focus of school training was on teachers who were already familiar with assessment for learning and thinking skills through the Cognitive Acceleration through Mathematics and Let’s Think in Science initiatives. The programme was then gradually introduced across the school, building on the good practice, experiences and enthusiasm […]

Estyn: St Athan Primary School – Developing thinking skills and assessment for learning – rolling out the programme in a primary school



Children and parents/ carers at Cogan nursery school, Vale of Glamorgan, have benefited from the nursery’s effective use of technology to involve the community in learning. From sharing videos of story-telling and mathematics, to a blog providing advice, the nursery has successfully engaged its stakeholders. As a result, parents have become […]

Estyn: Cogan Nursery School – Sharing learning through social media



Title of case study: Mêts Grêt (Peer Supporters) Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil behaviour School(s) or partnership name: Ysgol Gymraeg Sant Baruc Name of lead person: Mrs Nerys Lloyd Williams Role of lead person: SENCo and Support Teacher Lead person e-mail address: ysantbaruc@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk Lead person telephone number: 01446 749 009 […]

Ysgol Gymraeg Sant Baruc: Mêts Grêt (Peer Supporters)



Reading Buddies highlights the important role of young sport leaders in developing the reading competencies of younger boys. Peer mentors used sport-themed literature to improve the reading levels and self-confidence of their buddies. This case study highlights how schools can use sport and PE as a vehicle to address the priorities of the […]

Central South Consortium Physical Literacy Team: Llantwit Major Comprehensive School – Reading Buddies



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



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Key Points: The School’s Journey presents the experiences of Cadoxton Primary in embedding physical literacy across the school using initiatives developed through PESS and PLPS and underpinned by the principles of the Physical Literacy Framework. Engaging children, staff, parents and the wider community helped to embed Dragon Multi-Skills, Play to Learn and Dragon Tracker […]

Central South Consortium Physical Literacy Team: Cadoxton Primary School – ‘Getting a School Hooked on Sport’