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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   Recently added!



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 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



At Y Pant Comprehensive School, teaching and learning has improved through an emphasis on reflective practice. The school has implemented a number of mechanisms for colleagues to share and reflect on what they do well. Number of learners: 1,271 Age range: 11-18 Date of inspection: January 2017 Information about the […]

Estyn: Improving Teaching through an Emphasis on Professional Learning –



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)



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 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 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 The work began with the development of an inter-connecting series of Hwb networks for SIG 24 schools: Welsh oracy moderated portfolio; Numerical reasoning moderated portfolio; SIG 24 community network; Office 365 Welsh second language; Office 365 numerical reasoning network; and Cascade training for all staff by SIG […]

Hwb to Support Moderation – SIG 24



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 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



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 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 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



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



At KS2 our students experience topic based lessons every day that enable them to use and apply key Literacy and Numeracy skills in a variety of contexts. At KS3 we should take advantage of this and give our pupils the chance to build on the successes they have had in […]

Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School – ‘LINKS’ Thematic Curriculum



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



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



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  Our key stage 3 year groups included a high number of boys, with 59% of our Year 9 learners eligible for Free School Meals. Barriers such as a lack of engagement and poor motivation meant boys were not participating in lessons and largely deselecting to engage with the learning process and […]

Cynffig Comprehensive School – Co-construction: ‘Teaching Teachers to Learn and Learners to Teach’



Context and background Historically, our benchmarking data at key stage 3 historically illustrated that Writing is our students’ weakest attainment target. While this is consistent across all groups of learners (69% of students achieved Level 5 compared to 81% 2015 nationally). It is particularly pertinent to our male learners where the differential is characteristically notable. […]

Cynffig Comprehensive School – Mastery



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 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



Context and background Due to the national priorities of closing the gap for eFSM and non-FSM pupils and the publicised success of our school in this area, it was decided that we would focus on empowering learners via development of their academic language. In turn, this would support the pupils in accessing texts and more challenging activities. […]

Pencoed Comprehensive School – Words Give Us Power!



Context and Background In keeping with the national trend, for groups of our learners (eFSM and boys) there is an inconsistency in outcomes which is reflected in their participation in lessons. Barriers such as a lack of engagement and poor motivation result in underperformance and a decrease in aspiration. Potentially this leads to students deselecting to engage in […]

Cynffig Comprehensive School – Immersion (Learning Styles)



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



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



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 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 Brynteg Comprehensive School is an 11-18 mixed comprehensive and is one of the largest secondary schools in Wales with 1,603 pupils on roll with 434 in the sixth form. Currently there are 30 children who are looked after. The majority of these are in key stage 3, with just […]

Estyn: Brynteg Comprehensive School – The Effective Use of Tracking to Monitor Progress and Improve Outcomes



Context Brynteg is an 11-18 mixed comprehensive and is one of the largest secondary schools in Wales with 1,603 pupils on roll, with 434 in the sixth form. Currently there are 30 children who are looked after in the school. The majority of these are in key stage 3, with […]

Estyn: Brynteg Comprehensive School – Using the Pupil Deprivation Grant for Looked After Children



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



Context Tonyrefail Comprehensive School is a secondary school for pupils aged 11-18 and has 931 pupils on roll. Around a quarter of pupils are eligible to free school meals. This is slightly higher than the national average. Across the school, there are 14 children who are looked after. Strategy The […]

Estyn: Tonyrefail Comprehensive School – Additional support for children who are looked after to improve their confidence and successes in literacy and numeracy



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



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



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



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



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



Porth County Community School is an English-medium school for 11 to 18-year-old pupils in Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority. The percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals is around 27%, which is well above the average of 17.4% for Wales. The school has 32.6% of pupils on the special […]

Estyn – Porth County Community School: Effective Use of Internet and Social Media to Promote Language Learning





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



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



Area(s) of focus: Improve attendance School(s) or partnership name: Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda Name of lead person: Mrs Emma Harris Role of lead person: Attendance Lead and Key Stage 3 Progress Manager Lead person e-mail address: eharris@ysgolcymer.co.uk Lead person telephone number: 01443 680800 Local Authority(ies): Rhondda Cynon Taf Phase(s): Secondary […]

Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda – Improving Attendance Initiative



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



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



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



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



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 Pencoed is a secondary school of circa 900 pupils. The school is situated in a semi-rural area with a lot of access to local amenities. There are very few EAL pupils (only two on roll at time of visit) and there is a 15% rate […]

Ipsos MORI – Closing the Gap: Pencoed Comprehensive



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



School context and key issues Maesteg secondary school provides an education for 1200 pupils aged 11- 18. Some 27% of pupils are eligible for free school meals1 (e-FSM) and 17 are looked after (LAC). Currently there is a 20% attainment gap between eFSM and non-FSM children. The relatively high proportion […]

Ipsos MORI – Closing the Gap: Maesteg Comprehensive School (English only)



School context and key issues Ferndale is the smallest comprehensive secondary school in Rhondda Cynon Taff, (RCT) with 670 pupils. The school is situated in a valley with high levels of unemployment, following the closure of three mines in the area. Some 38% of pupils are eligible for free school […]

Ipsos MORI – Closing the Gap: Ferndale Community School



Bryntirion school comprises 1040 pupils from ages 11-18. Of these pupils, 22% receive free school meals (FSM) and there are 9 looked after children. Currently, there is an attainment gap of 20%. Attendance is not as much of an issue here than in other schools, with attendance the highest in […]

Ipsos MORI – Closing the Gap: Bryntirion Secondary 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 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, 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.