- Schools are communities where collaborative inquiry is used to foster improvements in practice
- Groupings of schools engage in joint practice development
- Where necessary, more intensive partnerships are organised to provide support for schools facing difficulties
- Families and community organisations support the work of schools.
- Coordination of the system is provided by school leaders
- Local authorities work together to act as the conscience of the system
In January 2014, the five local authorities that constitute Central South Wales (Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan) launched a major strategy to raise standards across all schools in the region. The strategy is led by headteachers, includes all schools across the region and draws on international research. It is based on six underlying principles which are commonly found in successful school systems: