primary


Context and background to case study Our school had the lowest attendance figures in RCT and sat in Q3 when compared to similar schools. The data reflected significant improvement over 4 years (87% - 91%) but there was a cohort of students for whom existing strategies had little effect. The eFSM […]

Ferndale Community School & Maerdy Primary School – Attendance Cirlces



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



Title of case study: Our ICT Journey Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in ICT School(s) or partnership name: Darran Park Primary School Name of lead person: James Protheroe Role of lead person: ICT Coordinator Lead person e-mail address: jamesprotheroe@hotmail.com Lead person telephone number: 01443 730450 Local authority(ies): Rhondda Cynon […]

Darran Park Primary School – Our ICT Journey



Title of case study: Improving attendance Area(s) of focus: Improve attendance 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 […]

Marlborough Primary School – Improving attendance



Title of case study: Using the continua to improve teaching 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 […]

Marlborough Primary School – Using the continua to improve teaching



Title of case study: The war room! Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil outcomes in foundation phase Improve pupil outcomes in KS2 Improve pupil outcomes in CSI Reduce the gender gap Reduce the FSM gap Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils Improve pupil outcomes in literacy Improve pupil outcomes in numeracy […]

Roath Park Primary School – The war room!



Title of case study: Improve whole-school play opportunities and pupil behaviour through the use of a 'Play pod' Area(s) of focus: Improve pupil play and behaviour School(s) or partnership name: Palmerston Primary School Name of lead person: Katy Edwards and Sarah Cason Role of lead person: Deputy head teacher and Literacy co-ordinator […]

Palmerston Primary School – Improve whole-school play opportunities and pupil behaviour through the use of a ‘Play pod’



Title of case study: Engaging effectively with the community to raise standards Area(s) of focus: Achievement for all School(s) or partnership name: Palmerston Primary School Name of lead person: Katy Edwards Role of lead person: Deputy head teacher Lead person e-mail address: palmerstondeputy@hotmail.com Lead person telephone number: 01446747393 Local authority(ies): Vale […]

Palmerston Primary School – Engaging effectively with the community to raise standards



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: 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



St. Philip Evans R.C Primary School, Cardiff, aims to strengthen pupil participation and increase the opportunities for all children by involving them in decision making. Staff have been trained how to organise activities taking into account pupils’ views. Children are consulted about how they want to learn which helps with […]

Estyn: St Philip Evans R.C. Primary School – Giving pupils a voice



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



Action: The initial focus of school training was on teachers who were already familiar with assessment for learning and thinking skills through the Cognitive Acceleration through Mathematics and Let’s Think in Science initiatives. The programme was then gradually introduced across the school, building on the good practice, experiences and enthusiasm […]

Estyn: St Athan Primary School – Developing thinking skills and assessment for learning – rolling out the programme in a primary school



Children and parents/ carers at Cogan nursery school, Vale of Glamorgan, have benefited from the nursery’s effective use of technology to involve the community in learning. From sharing videos of story-telling and mathematics, to a blog providing advice, the nursery has successfully engaged its stakeholders. As a result, parents have become […]

Estyn: Cogan Nursery School – Sharing learning through social media



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



Trerobart Primary School, Rhondda Cynon Taff, provides many opportunities for pupils to develop their reading, writing and oracy skills. The school links studies of particular topics with genre such as science fiction, fantasy, historical novels and graphic novels to enhance reading skills and engage pupils’ interest. Over time, the school has […]

Estyn: Trerobart Primary School – Achieving results in literacy



Capcoch Primary School, Rhondda Cynon Taf, identified that there was a need to break down barriers between the school and families. The school developed a strategy to build relations and trust with parents. They offered courses such as healthy living, cooking and internet safety, which combined with a breakfast club, […]

Estyn: Capcoch Primary School – Parents play an important role in school life



Porthcawl Comprehensive School ensures that support programmes are put in place to help pupils with the transition from primary to secondary school. Questionnaires are used to identify children that have particular concerns and these pupils are then invited to join the ‘Helping Hands’ group. The school arranges extra visits for any […]

Estyn: Porthcawl Comprehensive School – Effective transition from primary to secondary school



Strategy: The school promotes its mission statement “Learning and Living Together” through building strong partnerships with its parents and the local community. During the past three years, as part of its drive to improve standards in literacy, the school has made increasing parental engagement a priority. The school’s strategy to […]

Estyn: Mount Stuart Primary School – Developing effective strategies to engage with parents and carers



Strategy: The school and the school’s aims and values reflect the development of the whole child. The school ethos is based on the wellbeing of all learners and staff, and the school motto, “We all believe, we all achieve!” is evident throughout the school. To ensure effective support for its […]

Estyn: Llwynypia Primary School – Data collection and tracking learners’ progress in wellbeing and academic performance



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



Description of nature of strategy or activity: The main strategies for developing thinking skills at the school include: Thinking Maps: Pupils use thinking maps from the nursery to Year 6 and across all areas of the curriculum. Teachers are also deploying them as an effective way of structuring pupils’ independent […]

Estyn: Rhydypenau Primary School – Get your thinking hat on!