Improve pupil outcomes in numeracy


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



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 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 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



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



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







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 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 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



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



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 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



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 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 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 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 & 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 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 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





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.







Treorchy Comprehensive School fast-tracks learners’ progress in subjects such as French, Mathematics and Welsh second language provision. The school’s flexible and balanced curriculum ensures it meets the needs of all learners, including identifying, on entry, more able and talented pupils. The fast-track opportunities have made a significant contribution to outstanding […]

Estyn: Treorchy Comprehensive School – The fast-track to success



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





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: Part of the school’s strategic planning is to create stronger links with parents and the local community, so as to ensure that disadvantaged learners are well supported. The school has focused attention on learners’ transition from key stage 2 to key stage 3 and monitors carefully learners’ progress and […]

Estyn: Cathays High School – Creating stronger links with parents and the local community to ensure that disadvantaged learners are well-supported