Improve pupil outcomes in KS2


School(s) or partnership name: Ton-yr-Ywen Primary School Name of lead person: Mrs Sarah Mizen and Mrs Vera Richards Role of lead person: Class teacher and History Subject Leader Lead person e-mail address: smizen@tonyrywen.co.uk Lead person telephone number: 02920 754633 Local Authority(ies): Cardiff Phase(s): Primary   Context and background to case […]

Ton-yr-Ywen Primary School – Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative Project: ‘Exploring Scott’   Recently added!



School name: Williamstown Primary School Name of lead person: Mrs Alison Hall Role of lead person: Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: Alison.Hall@rctcbc.gov.uk Lead person telephone number: 01443 432186 Local Authority: Rhondda Cynon Taf Phase:Foundation Phase to key stage 2 Context and background to case study: Our project was developed as […]

Williamstown Primary School – Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative: “Drawn to the Past”







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



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



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 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



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



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



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



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



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



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.





Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in KS2 Improve pupil outcomes in KS3 Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils School(s) or partnership name: Ferndale Community School (Tylorstown, Maerdy, Darran Park & Penrhys Primary). Name of lead person: Heather Nicholas & Nicole Jones Role of lead person: Head teacher; Achievement Leader […]

Ferndale Community School – Transition Fortnight



Title of case study: Art and thinking skills Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in foundation phase Improve pupil outcomes in KS2 Improve pupil outcomes in the non-core subjects Improve the quality of AFL School(s) or partnership name: Llanishen Fach Primary School Name of lead person: Mark Barrett Role of […]

Llanishen Fach Primary School: Art and Thinking Skills



Title of case study: Improving family engagement Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in foundation phase Improve pupil outcomes in KS2 Reduce the FSM gap Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils Improve pupil behaviour Improve attendance School(s) or partnership name: Darran Park Primary School Name of lead person: Mrs Claire […]

Darran Park Primary School – Improving family engagement





Nature of strategy or activity identified as sector-leading practice: A significant amount of work was carried out to ensure the whole school community was part of establishing a long-term vision and school values that reflected the strong belief in all children and a commitment to the community in which they […]

Estyn: Herbert Thompson Primary School – Developing staff skills to improve standards for all learners



Trerobart Primary School, Rhondda Cynon Taff, provides many opportunities for pupils to develop their reading, writing and oracy skills. The school links studies of particular topics with genre such as science fiction, fantasy, historical novels and graphic novels to enhance reading skills and engage pupils’ interest. Over time, the school has […]

Estyn: Trerobart Primary School – Achieving results in literacy



Capcoch Primary School, Rhondda Cynon Taf, identified that there was a need to break down barriers between the school and families. The school developed a strategy to build relations and trust with parents. They offered courses such as healthy living, cooking and internet safety, which combined with a breakfast club, […]

Estyn: Capcoch Primary School – Parents play an important role in school life



Strategy: The school promotes its mission statement “Learning and Living Together” through building strong partnerships with its parents and the local community. During the past three years, as part of its drive to improve standards in literacy, the school has made increasing parental engagement a priority. The school’s strategy to […]

Estyn: Mount Stuart Primary School – Developing effective strategies to engage with parents and carers



Strategy: The school and the school’s aims and values reflect the development of the whole child. The school ethos is based on the wellbeing of all learners and staff, and the school motto, “We all believe, we all achieve!” is evident throughout the school. To ensure effective support for its […]

Estyn: Llwynypia Primary School – Data collection and tracking learners’ progress in wellbeing and academic performance