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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



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



Title of Case Study: Achievement for All Quality Mark Area(s) of Focus:  Improve pupil outcomes in KS2 Improve pupil outcomes in KS3 Reduce the FSM gap Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils Improve pupil outcomes in literacy Improve pupil outcomes in numeracy Improve pupil outcomes in the non-core subjects Improve pupil […]

Ysgol Bryn Castell – Achievement for All Quality Mark



With an ever increasing demand for their services, Ysgol Hen Felin managed to maintain a happy learning environment for pupils with severe behavioural and sensory difficulties. Recognising the specialism of one of their partners, they developed a new approach to manage pupils’ behaviours. This led to higher pupil wellbeing and […]

Estyn: Developing partnerships paves way to greater pupil engagement – Ysgol Hen Felin



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



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



Vision Statement A Happy friendly, welcoming community where the ethos of mutual trust and respect between pupils, staff, parents, and visitors produces a nurturing environment which ensures individuals can fulfil their potential. A Forward Thinking school where professionals share and extend their expertise and equality of opportunity is facilitated by […]

Wales Centre for Equity in Education: Ysgol Hen Felin – Reducing the impact of poverty



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



Heronsbridge School, Bridgend, has introduced a behaviour management programme to help improve pupil communication and independence. Staff received training to ensure a consistent approach across the school and the method of recording incidents was improved. As a result, pupils are able to receive personal support plans and the number of […]

Estyn: Heronsbridge School – Managing behaviour



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



At Ysgol Ty Coch, techniques for the assessment for learning and thinking skills programme have been adapted to suit the needs of pupils with a range of special educational needs.  Staff have developed a ‘traffic light’ system using two colours for pupils to talk about their learning. This programme has had […]

Estyn: Ysgol Ty Coch – Strong focus on pupils’ learning needs



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