Improve the quality of teaching


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



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 –



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



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)



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 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



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 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



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 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 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



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!



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



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



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



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



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



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, 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 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.



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 Senior leaders Convenor Mel Sancto Llysfaen Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve teaching, monitoring and evaluation through the use of ‘Excellence in Teaching’ resource. Actions SIG 8 schools decided to collaborate using the ‘Excellence in Teaching’ resource. Through this they facilitated: Joint training for staff Implementation of the resource Lesson observations Comprehensive […]

School Improvement Group Eight – Improve teaching, monitoring and evaluation through the use of ‘Excellence in Teaching’ resource



Who was involved? Headteachers Numeracy leaders Convenor Judith Davies Danescourt Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve standards of literacy through consistent teaching of phonics and the use of Read Write Inc. Improve numeracy reasoning provision and practice in the Foundation Phase. Actions SIG 5 began their work with literacy and numeracy learning walks across […]

School Improvement Group Five – Improve standards of literacy through consistent teaching of phonics and the use of Read Write Inc



Who was involved? Headteachers Literacy and numeracy leaders Convenor Sian Lewis, Fairfield Primary (Vale of Glamorgan) Focus Improve the quality of teaching and learning in literacy. Improve target setting and review pupil progress through tracking. Employ strategies to improve attendance and punctuality. Actions SIG 4 work began with learning walks across […]

School Improvement Group Four – Improve the quality of teaching and learning in literacy.



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



Who was involved? Headteachers Yr 1 - 6 Teachers Convenor Colin Smith, Llancarfan Primary (VOG) Focus Improving teaching and learning. Moving from good to excellent. Actions Learning walks across SIG 1 schools by same year group teachers took place with a focus on: Learning environment Standards Provision Classroom organisation Strengths […]

School Improvement Group One – Moving From Good to Excellent



Springwood Primary, Cardiff Bryn Celyn Primary, Cardiff Gelli Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf Llanhari Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf Ysgol Yr Eos, Rhondda Cynon Taf Marlborough Primary, Cardiff Ysgol y Ferch O’r Sger, Bridgend Focus: All SIG 27 schools identified improving teaching and learning through the use of Continua as a priority […]

School Improvement Group 27 – Improving Teaching and Learning through the use of Continua



Alaw Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf Trehopcyn Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Llyn y Forwyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Gwaelod y Garth, Cardiff Hafod Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf All Saints CIW Primary, Vale of Glamorgan Focus: To explore the impact of pupils’ preferred learning styles on attainment Leaders visited each others’ settings in […]

School Improvement Group 22 B – Pupil’s Wellbeing as a Focus for Improvement



Llysfaen Primary - Cardiff Evenlode Primary – Vale of Glamorgan Penrhys Primary - RCT St. Peter’s RC Primary - Cardiff Lansdowne Primary – Cardiff Christ the King RC – Cardiff. Focus: to improve teaching standards using ‘Excellence in Teaching’ framework. All SIG 8 schools involved identified improving teaching and learning as a priority […]

School Improvement Group 8 – To improve teaching standards using ‘Excellence in Teaching’ framework.





Title of case study: Using the continua to improve teaching Area(s) of focus: Improve the quality of teaching School(s) or partnership name: Marlborough Primary School Name of lead person: Jonathan Lewis Role of lead person: Acting Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: Jonathan.Lewis@cardiff.gov.uk Lead person telephone number: 029 20 492564 Local authority(ies): Cardiff […]

Marlborough Primary School – Using the continua to improve teaching



Title of case study: The war room! Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in foundation phase Improve pupil outcomes in KS2 Improve pupil outcomes in CSI Reduce the gender gap Reduce the FSM gap Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils Improve pupil outcomes in literacy Improve pupil outcomes in numeracy […]

Roath Park Primary School – The war room!



Title of case study: Effective pupil voice - leading from the centre Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in KS3 Improve pupil outcomes in L2+ Improve pupil outcomes in literacy Improve pupil outcomes in numeracy Improve pupil outcomes in ICT Improve pupil outcomes in Welsh Improve pupil outcomes in the […]

Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School: Effective pupil voice – leading from the centre



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



Treorchy Comprehensive School works closely with its feeder primary schools to ensure pupils’ transition between key stage 2 and key stage 3 is consistent, including development Welsh language skills. Staff from the comprehensive school teach Welsh lessons to Year 6 pupils in their cluster primary schools and prepare resources and […]

Estyn: Treorchy Comprehensive School – Pride in the Welsh language brings 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



Strategy: Mary Immaculate Catholic High School includes pupils’ development in skills in its teaching and learning policy. The school has rigorous monitoring procedures that challenge all pupils to meet their potential in all areas of their learning. The senior management team regularly undertake lesson observations, book reviews and pupil surveys […]

Estyn: Mary Immaculate Catholic High School – Monitoring provision for skills



Strategy: Subject teachers use the Essential Skills Wales curriculum to plan opportunities to develop pupils’ skills. The school provides pupils with a booklet in which they track their own progress in each of the skill areas. Action: Each subject department has a ‘skills champion’ who ensures that schemes of work […]

Estyn: Pen Y Dre High School – Involving pupils in their own progress in skills



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



Activity: The school employs two Welsh teachers who work in the local, English-medium primary schools. These teachers identify approximately 40 Year 6 pupils each year who are more able in Welsh as well as other areas of the curriculum. These pupils follow the ‘cwrs carlam’, a fast track system in […]

Estyn: Treorchy Comprehensive School – Accelerated provision in Welsh for more able and talented pupils



Activity: in 2006-2007, a group of Year 7 more able and talented pupils were identified and withdrawn for one hour a fortnight for mathematics, English and science in 2007-2008, the school set up a successful more able and talented working party to work alongside the school’s teaching and learning forums […]

Estyn: Y Pant Comprehensive School – Identification, assessment, tracking and improving provision for a group of Year 7 more able and talented pupils from 2006 to 2011



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



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



Strategy: Senior managers place a very strong emphasis on the professional development of all staff. They ensure that staff have access to a wide range of training opportunities, including INSET, external courses, peer observation and departmental review. As a result, there are very good opportunities for staff to develop their […]

Estyn: Y Pant Comprehensive School – Statutory INSET in schools



The senior management team at All Saints CIW Primary have used distributed leadership to communicate their shared vision to staff at the school.  Effective pastoral support for staff promotes effective teamwork. The impact: improved standards of teaching and assessment.  Pupils’ standards have also improved, particularly in the core subjects. Description of nature […]

Estyn: All Saints C.I.W. Primary School – Happy teachers, happy pupils



Action: The initial focus of school training was on teachers who were already familiar with assessment for learning and thinking skills through the Cognitive Acceleration through Mathematics and Let’s Think in Science initiatives. The programme was then gradually introduced across the school, building on the good practice, experiences and enthusiasm […]

Estyn: St Athan Primary School – Developing thinking skills and assessment for learning – rolling out the programme in a primary school



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



The standards of pupils’ literacy at this large primary school in an urban setting were low. The headteacher and staff analysed why this might be. They found that a main cause was that many pupils experienced very little verbal interaction at home and, as a consequence, they were not exposed […]

Estyn: Greenway Primary School – Raising pupils’ standards of literacy



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



This case study shows how teachers in a boys’ secondary school used continuing professional development funding to improve their knowledge of innovative approaches to promoting learners’ critical thinking skills. The teachers attended a leading-edge conference on innovative learning. The teachers benefitted from first-hand experience of discussing with colleagues their whole-school […]

Estyn: Aberdare High School – Monitoring the development of learners’ critical thinking skills