Improve pupil outcomes in KS3


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



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  Despite good outcomes and a strong trend of work in literacy across the curriculum, the school still recognised the need to further narrow the attainment gap for vulnerable groups. In addressing the implementation of the LNF, the assistant headteacher responsible saw the potential for the introduction of success criteria rubrics to help to improve both […]

Bryntirion Comprehensive School – Using Success Criteria Rubrics to Close the Attainment Gap for eFSM Learners in Literacy



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 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







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



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.





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: Raising Standards in English and Maths Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in KS3 Improve pupil outcomes in L2+ School(s) or partnership name: Ferndale Community School Name of lead person: Richard Owen Role of lead person: Assistant Head – line Manager Maths/ English Lead person e-mail […]

Ferndale Community School: Raising Standards in English and Maths





Nature of strategy or activity identified as sector-leading practice: The school started to re-think teacher support by defining coaching: Coaching is the development of teachers’ skills and knowledge so that their job performances and enjoyment of their roles improves. It involves a sharing partnership in which professionals support each other. […]

Estyn: Cardiff High School – Teacher coaching programme underpins excellence



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

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



Strategy: A key priority of the school is to embed the development of pupils’ skills into the school’s curriculum framework. Recognising that literacy is central to the success of every pupil, the school’s strategy is to provide a rich variety of literacy experiences across all subjects, so that pupils can […]

Estyn: Cynffig Comprehensive School – Statutory INSET in schools