Primary






Oldcastle Primary School’s mathematics intervention has transformed the subject for the lowest achieving learners and raised standards for all. The school is also the first in Wales to use a new system to support pupils' speech and language therapy. Number of learners: 437 Date of inspection: June 2017 Information about […]

Estyn: Oldcastle Primary School – Innovative Interventions That Lead to Improvement in Attainment



Name of school:  St John Lloyd RC Primary School Lead persons(s): Nicola Lewis and Lucy Brazil Role of lead person(s): Teachers (TLR) Lead person(s) e-mail address: nlewis@stjohnlloydprm.cardiff.sch.uk Lead person telephone number: 029 20777690 Local Authority(ies): Cardiff Phase(s): Primary Context and background to case study: St John Lloyd RC Primary School […]

St John Lloyd RC Primary School – Using the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative to Improve Standards for MAT Pupils



Areas(s) of focus: Raising standards in pupil achievement in Mathematics. School(s) or partnership name: Willowbrook Primary School Name of Lead Person: Miss Sian Ritchie / Mrs Rebecca Mansfield – Mathematics Subject Leaders Role of lead person: Miss Sian Ritchie - Key Stage 2 Leader for Learning Lead person e-mail address: sritchie@willowbrookprm.cardiff.sch.uk Lead person telephone […]

Willowbrook Primary School – Raising Standards in Pupil Achievement in Mathematics



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



When I became Acting Headteacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr in July 2004, Estyn had just placed the school in ‘serious weaknesses’. In December 2005 Estyn returned and lifted the school out of the category – a remarkable achievement in a period of only four school terms. When Estyn returned again […]

Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr – The Parlimentary Review: A Year in Perspective



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



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 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 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 The schools collaborated with a focus on developing leadership structures and responsibilities to raise standards, specifically on literacy and numeracy. Ffaldau Primary was supported by Tondu Primary. Standards/ Outcomes Tondu: L4+ performance rose in 2016. Results were similar in all three core subjects and all were above […]

Developing Leadership to Raise Standards – Tondu Primary and Ffaldau Primary



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 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 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



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



Name of Lead Contact: Sêra Evans-Fear Role of Lead Contact: Chair of Governors Contact details: seramevans@aol.com   Context and background of case study:  Whilst conducting a review of the effectiveness of the Governing Body by conducting a self-evaluation, it was identified that the Governing Body felt it was not having sufficient input […]

Parc Primary School – The Effective Co-operation of the Governing Body, Senior Leadership Team and Wider Staff



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



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



Name of contact: Catrin Evans Role of contact: Assistant headteacher Contact details: catrin.evans@yggllangynwyd.cymru / 01656 815700   Context and background of case study In light of the introduction of the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate, there was a need to consider adjusting the key stage 4 curriculum, including looking for opportunities to develop a Community […]

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd and Llangynwyd Primary School – Using the Welsh Baccalaureate to Improve Community Links



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 of Research Tref-y-Rhyg Primary was supported by Ffynnon Taf Primary. The main focus of the work was on Foundation Phase and literacy leadership. Leaders from the Foundation Phase in both schools worked together to look at best practice provision, organisation of accommodation, topic planning, phonics approaches and data tracking. […]

Improving Foundation Phase Provision and Developing Subject Leadership – Ffynon Taf Primary and Tref-y-Rhyg 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



Ysgol Cynwyd Sant plans exciting creative learning activities to develop pupils’ literacy skills. As a holder of Creative School status they cooperate with the Arts Council in their planning. Number of learners: 306 Age range: 3-11 Date of inspection: October 2016 Information about the school Ysgol Cynwyd Sant is situated […]

Estyn: Ysgol Cynwyd Sant – Improve Literacy Through Creative Learning   Recently added!



Context and background The project outlines examples of the whole school use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. It also exhibits the use of technology within the English department and Literacy, and also the Mathematics department and Numeracy to enhance teaching and learning. The project also looks at learner […]

Cardinal Newman Catholic Comprehensive School – Improving the Quality of Teaching by Using Technology



Key Question   Can the explicit development of emotional literacy have a direct impact on closing the gap between closing the gap between Free School Meal and Non Free School Meal pupils at the end of Key Stage 2?    Summary  The purpose of this action research project is to […]

Llanharan Primary School – Closing the Gap Action Research Project



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



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



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



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



Context and background to sector-leading practice In 2012, Brackla Primary School worked with the local cluster of schools to employ a Family Engagement Officer (FEO).  Initially, this was successful in developing opportunities for families to support their children.  However, as the FEO worked in six schools, the time spent in […]

Estyn: Brackla Primary School – Making Parents Partners in Learning



Context Maerdy Community Primary School caters for children aged three to eleven and includes a local authority specialist class for pupils with special educational needs. There are currently 244 children in full-time education. Forty two per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals. The area is recognised as […]

Estyn: Maerdy Community Primary School – After School Provision to Develop Pupils’ Skills



Information about the school St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School is in Bridgend.  It has 255 pupils, 80% of who are baptised Catholics.  The school has a wide catchment area and serves families from the full socio-economic range.  Currently, 41% of its pupils have English as an additional language (EAL) and […]

Estyn: St Mary RC Primary – Building Pupils’ Learning Power







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 Bodringallt Primary School serves the Ystrad Rhondda area of RCT. There are currently 86 mainstream pupils on roll (including pupils under statutory school age), with an additional 8 pupils attending the learning support unit (SEBD), making a total of 94 NOR. 50% of pupils […]

Bodringallt Primary School – Improving Attendance



Name of School: Pencoed Primary School Pencoed Primary School is one of two mainstream schools in the village of Pencoed. The last Estyn report was produced in 2011 and the following information was included in the report. “There are 505 pupils on roll including 33 who attend one of the […]

Pencoed Primary School – Improving Attendance



Context and background to case study Our school had the lowest attendance figures in RCT and sat in Q3 when compared to similar schools. The data reflected significant improvement over 4 years (87% - 91%) but there was a cohort of students for whom existing strategies had little effect. The eFSM […]

Ferndale Community School & Maerdy Primary School – Attendance Cirlces



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



The pupils and staff of Darran Park Primary School are celebrating after becoming the first primary school in Wales to become a Microsoft Showcase School. Microsoft Showcase Schools are schools who can show how Microsoft technology has been effectively deployed and used to help support and transform teaching and learning.  Over the last four […]

Darran Park Primary Celebrates Microsoft Showcase School Status



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



St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School is located in Bridgend and serves a large community across the town. Pontrhydyfen Primary School is a small village school in the Afan Valley. In 2012, Estyn inspected Pontrhydyfen Primary School and identified the need to improve key skills (especially reading, writing and handwriting), […]

Welsh Government – Developing and sharing practice: St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School and Pontrhydyfen 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





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



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? Headteachers Deputy headteachers Senior leaders Support staff ALNCO Convenor James Ridley, Llangynwyd Primary, Bridgend Focus Develop positive behaviour management using expertise of Court School, Cardiff Improve MAT provision and practice Improve practice in the Foundation Phase Share school self -improvement strategies and processes. Actions Headteachers from SIG 33 shared […]

School Improvement Group Thirty Three – Develop positive behaviour management using expertise of Court School, Cardiff



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 Numeracy leaders Convenor Jonathon Cooper, YGG Abercynon, RCT Focus Use of NIPPERS to improve target setting and standards Use  of NIPPERS, Rhifau Rhagorol, CAME and Dewch i Feddwl to improve number skills Share good practice and teaching approaches to develop number skills. Actions SIG 29 […]

School Improvement Group Twenty Nine B – Use of NIPPERS to improve target setting and standards



Who was involved? Headteachers, DHTs, Numeracy leaders, Teachers Convenor Margaret Lugg, Maes yr Haul, Bridgend Focus Improve attendance Raise standards of teaching and learning in mathematics. Actions Schools from SIG 28 hosted events to share effective practice. Headteachers agreed to focus on attendance and improving standards in maths. Headteachers shared […]

School Improvement Group Twenty Eight – Raise standards of teaching and learning in mathematics.



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? 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? 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 Deputy headteachers Numeracy leaders Teachers Convenor Caroline Wright, Oaklands Primary, RCT Focus Improve standards of teaching and learning in numeracy using Big and Little Maths, Rhifo Rhagorol (English and Welsh medium) Actions Developing numeracy was the SIG 19 focus. Big Maths methodology was the agreed vehicle […]

School Improvement Group Nineteen – Improve standards of teaching and learning in numeracy using Big and Little Maths, Rhifo Rhagorol (English and Welsh medium)



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 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 Teachers Convenor Gareth Dacey, Cwmclydach Primary, RCT Focus Moving teaching from good to excellent using Continua. Actions SIG 16 agreed a focus of improving standards of teaching using Continua. SIG 16 schools participated in two days of training which included ‘Single Steps’, A4L and Continua. Two […]

School Improvement Group Sixteen – 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 Teachers ALNCOs Convenor Neil Davies, Mynydd Cynffig Juniors, Bridgend Focus Improve standards of teaching and learning in literacy. Develop the role of SENCO and ALN provision Senior Leader development Actions Three improvement areas were identified by SIG 14, to facilitate this collaboration, triads were formed, focusing […]

School Improvement Group Fourteen – Improve standards of teaching and learning in literacy.



Who was involved? Headteachers Teachers & LSAs Convenor Claire Matthews Aberdare Town CIW Primary, RCT Focus Improve the quality of teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy using Continua. Actions SIG 13 agreed a focus of improving teaching and learning. To ensure a shared language and consistency of approach the […]

School Improvement Group Thirteen – Improve the quality of teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy using Continua.



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 Deputy headteachers Convenor Sue Henderson Cefn Glas Infants, Bridgend Focus Improve Welsh 2nd language provision and practice. Improve provision for outdoor learning. Actions SIG 9 began collaborative work with learning walks to share good practice from within their schools. There was a focus on outdoor learning. Welsh […]

School Improvement Group Nine – Improve Welsh 2nd language provision and practice.



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 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 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



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



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



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



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.





The brief: Capcoch primary and Ignite UP worked together to create an innovative pilot program designed to develop a full cohort of year 6 children's’ independent learning to promote engagement with their local natural environment whilst also developing literacy, numeracy, social, physical and emotional skills and wellbeing.   The program: Using the John Muir Award, an […]

Capcoch Primary – John Muir Award