Improve the quality of/consistency of middle leadership


Following the arrival of a new headteacher at Bryntirion Comprehensive School, a leadership team was put in place that enabled the school to focus on delivering high quality education. Number of learners: 1121 Age range: 11-18 Date of inspection: October 2016 Information about the school Bryntirion Comprehensive School is an […]

Estyn: Bryntirion Comprehensive School – Developing a Strategic Vision for Improving Education



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





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 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 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





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



Bryn Deri Primary, Cardiff Coety Primary, Bridgend Grangetown Primary, Pentre Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf St. Cadoc’s RC Primary, Cardiff YGG Pont Sion Norton, Rhondda Cynon Taf YGG Castellau, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Dewi Sant, Vale of Glamorgan Ysgol Maes Dyfan, Vale of Glamorgan Focus: To develop the leadership and management […]

School Improvement Group 30 – Developing the Leadership and Management Skills of Middle Leaders and Aspiring Middle Leaders







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



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