Numeracy


Oldcastle Primary School’s mathematics intervention has transformed the subject for the lowest achieving learners and raised standards for all. The school is also the first in Wales to use a new system to support pupils' speech and language therapy. Number of learners: 437 Date of inspection: June 2017 Information about […]

Estyn: Oldcastle Primary School – Innovative Interventions That Lead to Improvement in Attainment   Recently added!



Areas(s) of focus: Raising standards in pupil achievement in Mathematics. School(s) or partnership name: Willowbrook Primary School Name of Lead Person: Miss Sian Ritchie / Mrs Rebecca Mansfield – Mathematics Subject Leaders Role of lead person: Miss Sian Ritchie - Key Stage 2 Leader for Learning Lead person e-mail address: sritchie@willowbrookprm.cardiff.sch.uk Lead person telephone […]

Willowbrook Primary School – Raising Standards in Pupil Achievement in Mathematics



At KS2 our students experience topic based lessons every day that enable them to use and apply key Literacy and Numeracy skills in a variety of contexts. At KS3 we should take advantage of this and give our pupils the chance to build on the successes they have had in […]

Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School – ‘LINKS’ Thematic Curriculum



Setting Roath Park is located North-East of Cardiff City Centre Roath Park Primary 120 years old 500+ pupils aged between 3 and 11 years 50 members of staff in total – Home Languages spoken include Welsh, Urdu, Bengali and Arabic. 60% of pupils from Minority Ethnic background, 58% have a […]

Roath Park Primary School – A model of Family Engagement with a Growth Mindset Focus



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



Introduction                                                                                               Whitchurch Primary School is situated in North Cardiff. There are currently 708 pupils on roll aged from 3 to 11 years old. Of these pupils, 78 attend part-time in the nursery. The school opened in September 2012 following the closure of two local schools, Eglwys Wen Primary School and […]

Whitchurch Primary School – ‘Closing the Gap’ – Llwyddiant i Bawb







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



Information about the school St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School is in Bridgend.  It has 255 pupils, 80% of who are baptised Catholics.  The school has a wide catchment area and serves families from the full socio-economic range.  Currently, 41% of its pupils have English as an additional language (EAL) and […]

Estyn: St Mary RC Primary – Building Pupils’ Learning Power



Context and background of case study: Since September 2014 Bryn Deri has embarked on a digital journey. The school recognised the need to develop ‘Computational-Thinking’ to enhance digital confidence and competence. Through embedding computational-thinking into lessons across the school, the school knew that this area of learning would have a […]

Bryn Deri Primary School – Digital Competence: Computational Thinking to Support Literacy and Numeracy Skills Development



Context and Background to Case Study Since September 2014 Bryn Deri has embarked on a digital journey. The school recognised the need to develop ‘Computational-Thinking’ to enhance digital confidence and competence. Through embedding computational-thinking into lessons across the school, the school knew that this area of learning would have a […]

Digital Competence: Computational-Thinking to Support Literacy and Numeracy Skills Development



School context and key issues Ferndale is the smallest comprehensive secondary school in Rhondda Cynon Taff, (RCT) with 670 pupils. The school is situated in a valley with high levels of unemployment, following the closure of three mines in the area. Some 38% of pupils are eligible for free school […]

Ipsos MORI – Closing the Gap: Ferndale Community School



Who was involved? Headteachers Deputy Headteachers Curriculum leaders & teachers Convenor Tara Lloyd, Peterston Super Ely CIW Primary, Vale Focus Improve standards of teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy through the use of Big and Little Maths, Big Write and Talk for Writing. Moderation of end of KS2 Welsh […]

School Improvement Group Fifteen – Improve standards of teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy through the use of Big and Little Maths, Big Write and Talk for Writing.



Who was involved? Headteachers Literacy & numeracy leaders Convenor Jason Clarke, Baden Powell Primary (Cardiff) Focus Improve literacy and numeracy provision. Improve level of family engagement. Actions To ensure consistency across SIG 3, Jeff Loxton LNF skills ladders were used to: Audit current provision and standards Adapt long, medium and short term […]

School Improvement Group Three – Improve literacy and numeracy provision



Who was involved? Headteachers Numeracy leaders Convenor Ruth Jackson, Kitchener Primary (Cardiff) Focus Improve levels of family engagement Improve standards in numeracy Actions The National Numeracy Diagnostic Tool was used in all SIG 2 schools to identify strengths, areas for development and any commonality across settings. The data was analysed by […]

School Improvement Group Two – Improving levels of family engagement



Nature of strategy or activity identified as sector-leading practice: The school started to re-think teacher support by defining coaching: Coaching is the development of teachers’ skills and knowledge so that their job performances and enjoyment of their roles improves. It involves a sharing partnership in which professionals support each other. […]

Estyn: Cardiff High School – Teacher coaching programme underpins excellence



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



Action The school decided to use ICT to develop the teaching and learning of literacy. While studying World War 2, Year 5 and 6 classes used Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Friend or Foe’ as a stimulus for work in English. The children focused on the main characters’ evacuation to Devon. Pupils worked collaboratively […]

Estyn: Penybont Primary School – Enhancing literacy through the use of ICT



Strategy The teacher plans activities in such a way that all pupils follow the main body of the lesson, but the tasks for more able pupils and less able pupils are adapted accordingly to provide appropriate levels of challenge. In addition, a teaching assistant provides very effective support to pupils, […]

Estyn: Litchard Primary School – Good practice lesson, a science theme in a primary school



Strategy The school’s strategy has been to use the findings from self-evaluation to update and improve their provision for numeracy across the school and hence drive up pupils’ standards in numeracy. Action To prepare for the implementation of the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework, work was carried out in the […]

Estyn: St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School – A digital, whole-school numeracy map with planning, lesson and best practice resources



Strategy To develop a whole-school approach to numeracy, including the introduction of transitional units of work and targeted intervention schemes to improve pupils’ numeracy. Action Almost one-quarter of pupils entering the school at key stage 3 were below the expected level in National Curriculum assessments in mathematics (level 4). The […]

Estyn: St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School – Improving numeracy through transitional work



Deeper learning maps the progress of learners applying numeracy and ICT skills in the physical environment to improve their academic attainment in multiple subject areas. Engaging subject leads in cross-departmental work effectively provided learners with the opportunity to apply and enhance other subject knowledge in PE practical sessions. This case study highlights how physical […]

Central South Consortium Physical Literacy Team: Maesteg Comprehensive School – Applying knowledge in the physical environment