Improve the quality/consistency of 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



Area(s) of focus: Improve school governance; Improve the quality/ consistency of leadership. School(s) or partnership name: Cyfarthfa High School Name of lead person: Carolyn Meade Role of lead person:  Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: meadec@cyfarthfahigh.merthyr.sch.uk  Local Authority(ies): Merthyr Tydfil Phase(s): Secondary   Context and background of case study For many years the governing body at Cyfarthfa […]

Effective Governing Body Structures to Enhance School Leadership – Cyfarthfa High School





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 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



Name of Lead Contact: Sêra Evans-Fear Role of Lead Contact: Chair of Governors Contact details: seramevans@aol.com   Context and background of case study:  Whilst conducting a review of the effectiveness of the Governing Body by conducting a self-evaluation, it was identified that the Governing Body felt it was not having sufficient input […]

Parc Primary School – The Effective Co-operation of the Governing Body, Senior Leadership Team and Wider Staff



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



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





Name of lead person: Mrs Sarah Parry (Headteacher) and Dr Vince Browne (Partner Headteacher) Lead person e-mail address: sparry@llanishen.cardiff.sch.uk Lead person telephone number: 029 20680800 Local Authority/Authorities: Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Phase: Secondary   Context and background to case study: The rationale for establishing a formal partnership between Llanishen High School and Llantwit Major […]

Llanishen High School – Llanishen-Llantwit Partnership



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 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 Teachers ALNCOs Convenor Neil Davies, Mynydd Cynffig Juniors, Bridgend Focus Improve standards of teaching and learning in literacy. Develop the role of SENCO and ALN provision Senior Leader development Actions Three improvement areas were identified by SIG 14, to facilitate this collaboration, triads were formed, focusing […]

School Improvement Group Fourteen – Improve standards of teaching and learning in literacy.



Staff at All Saints Church in Wales Primary School in the Cardiff suburb of Llanedeyrn are expected to meet high standards of performance, and continuous monitoring and evaluation is the order of the day. But the physical and emotional well-being of those same staff is also a top priority for […]

Welsh Government – Best practice case study – All Saints Church in Wales Primary School



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



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



Maesteg School in Bridgend recognises that there are barriers that impact on progress for a majority of pupils. The school provides an extensive range of intervention strategies, including individual mentoring, alternative pathways providing personalised programmes, highly specialised additional learning support and partnerships with other agencies. The impact of any intervention […]

Estyn: Maesteg School – Strategies to reduce barriers to progress and ensure support for every pupil