Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils


Name of school or partnership: Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Schemes (WNHSS) National Quality Schools: Cwmaman Infants School; Blaengwawr Primary School; Dolau Primary School; Llwynypia Primary School; Penygraig Infants School; Penygraig Junior School Name of lead person: Ann Quirke Role of lead person: Healthy Education Settings Coordinator, Cwm Taf Healthy Schools Schemes Lead person […]

Personal Development and Relationships Education: a Cwm Taf Healthy Schools Scheme National Quality Award PLC



Kitchener Primary School serves the Riverside area of Cardiff, one of the most diverse parts of the city. The school roll reflects the ethnic makeup of the community. Overall, 90% of the children are from an ethnic minority with around half the pupils coming from a Bangladeshi background. Altogether there […]

Kitchener Primary School – The Parlimentary Review: A Year in Review



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)



Ysgol Cynwyd Sant plans exciting creative learning activities to develop pupils’ literacy skills. As a holder of Creative School status they cooperate with the Arts Council in their planning. Number of learners: 306 Age range: 3-11 Date of inspection: October 2016 Information about the school Ysgol Cynwyd Sant is situated […]

Estyn: Ysgol Cynwyd Sant – Improve Literacy Through Creative Learning



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



Context and background to sector-leading practice In 2012, Brackla Primary School worked with the local cluster of schools to employ a Family Engagement Officer (FEO).  Initially, this was successful in developing opportunities for families to support their children.  However, as the FEO worked in six schools, the time spent in […]

Estyn: Brackla Primary School – Making Parents Partners in Learning







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



Fitzalan High School has adapted the provision in music to engage pupils who are new to English. Context Fitzalan High School is an 11-19 mixed, community school maintained by Cardiff local authority. The school serves some areas which are economically disadvantaged. There are currently 1,648 pupils on roll. Just over […]

Estyn: Fitzalan High School – Adapting Provision in Music to Engage Pupils Who Are New to English







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



Title of case study:  Principality staff providing literacy support for our year 8 pupils Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in L2 Improve pupil outcomes in L1 Reduce the FSM gap Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils Reduce FTE Improve attendance Reduce NEETs School(s) or partnership name: Llanishen High School […]

Llanishen High School – Principality staff providing literacy support for our year 8 pupils





'Learning and Living Together’ is the school’s core purpose and this case study focuses on engaging the parents and families of young people to overcome cultural barriers and the challenges of being a learner with English as a second language. ‘At Mount Stuart Primary School we value the contribution of all […]

Wales Centre for Equity in Education: Mount Stuart Primary School – Reducing the impact of poverty



Vision Statement A Happy friendly, welcoming community where the ethos of mutual trust and respect between pupils, staff, parents, and visitors produces a nurturing environment which ensures individuals can fulfil their potential. A Forward Thinking school where professionals share and extend their expertise and equality of opportunity is facilitated by […]

Wales Centre for Equity in Education: Ysgol Hen Felin – Reducing the impact of poverty





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: Improving family engagement Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in foundation phase Improve pupil outcomes in KS2 Reduce the FSM gap Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils Improve pupil behaviour Improve attendance School(s) or partnership name: Darran Park Primary School Name of lead person: Mrs Claire […]

Darran Park Primary School – Improving family engagement



Nature of strategy or activity identified as sector-leading practice: Through the schools' information management system, every teacher, head of department, head of year and senior management link receives information on pupils' social background and prior attainment. This has led to detailed planning for progression for every pupil, including vulnerable groups […]

Estyn: Cathays High School – Supporting vulnerable groups of pupils