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

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

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? 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.

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

Title of case study: Improving pupil outcomes in L2+ Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in L2+ School(s) or partnership name: Archbishop McGrath Catholic Comprehensive School Name of lead person: Angela Keller Role of lead person: Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: angela.keller@bridgend.gov.uk Lead person telephone number: 01656 815 500 Local authority(ies): […]

Archbishop McGrath Catholic Comprehensive School – Improving pupil outcomes in L2+

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 Phase(s): Primary Context and background to case study: Marlborough Primary […]

Marlborough Primary School – Using the continua to improve teaching

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

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

A group of nine primary schools and their subject leaders for PE within the Central South area of Wales created the ‘Primary Leaders PE Network’. The schools involved were:   Mynydd Cynffig Junior School Garth Primary School Allensbank Primary School Maes Y Haul Primary School Fairfield Primary School Aberdare Park Primary School […]

Central South Consortium Physical Literacy Team: Primary Leaders PE Network

Owning the Physical Literacy Journey describes how an innovative, self-directed learning approach enables children and young people to take responsibility for their own physical literacy journey. Empowering children and young people to take ownership for their learning and the learning of their peers impacted positively on both academic and health related outcomes. This case […]

Central South Consortium Physical Literacy Team: Darran Park Primary School and Whitchurch High School – Developing Leadership Skills: Taking Responsibility and Enhancing Wellbeing