SIG Working


Context of Research The senior leadership team and staff were keen to expand the opportunities for pupils from both schools to work together to create a framework for successfully achieving Digital Competence whilst maximising the use of Hwb+. It was agreed that such opportunities should be relevant, challenging and exciting […]

Using Hwb+ to Engage Learners – Cwmclydach Primary and Ysgol y Ddraig



Context of Research The collaborative work began with a clear agenda and focus. This was to reflect on, and improve pedagogy in Year 1 so that it more closely aligns with the philosophy associated with the Foundation Phase. The main focus of the work undertaken was to develop the skills […]

Improving Foundation Phase Provision – SIG 32



Context of Research With a common focus on the issue of improvement, the purpose of the collaborative coaching programme was to encourage the development of a whole school coaching programme and in doing so collaborate with two other schools within a defined SIG. The focus of the coaching was to […]

Developing Outdoor Provision in the Foundation Phase – SIG 31



Context of Research Developing effective assessment for learning was the primary purpose of the project. In January, SIG 27 organised a two day conference focused on embedding formative assessment - ‘Leadership for Teacher Learning’ delivered by an external consultant. Teachers across the six schools worked in teaching triads to evaluate […]

Embedding Formative Assessment – SIG 27



Context of Research The work began with the development of an inter-connecting series of Hwb networks for SIG 24 schools: Welsh oracy moderated portfolio; Numerical reasoning moderated portfolio; SIG 24 community network; Office 365 Welsh second language; Office 365 numerical reasoning network; and Cascade training for all staff by SIG […]

Hwb to Support Moderation – SIG 24



Context of Research In order to strengthen SIG working through using technology to engage learners and develop effective pedagogies, schools worked collaboratively to develop a history themed half termly project focusing on what it was like for a child living in their school’s community during World War II. As well […]

Using Technology to Engage Learners and Develop Successful Futures – SIG 23



Context of Research Aims Deepen professional understanding of effective feedback and marking Create a shared, consistent approach to feedback and marking Create a school policy that promotes effective feedback strategies Create a portfolio of examples of effective feedback to support marking policy Training A SIG focus on effective feedback inspired […]

Deepening Professional Understanding of Effective Feedback and Marking – SIG 14



Context of Research The schools collaborated with a focus on developing leadership structures and responsibilities to raise standards, specifically on literacy and numeracy. Ffaldau Primary was supported by Tondu Primary. Standards/ Outcomes Tondu: L4+ performance rose in 2016. Results were similar in all three core subjects and all were above […]

Developing Leadership to Raise Standards – Tondu Primary and Ffaldau Primary



Context of Research Pantysgallog Primary was supported by Stacey Primary. There were two priorities: improving pupils’ mathematics at level 5 at the end of key stage 2 and developing the role of subject leaders. The focus on developing the role of the subject leader was prioritised as a mechanism to […]

Improving Mathematics at 1+ Level – Pantysgallog Primary and Stacey Primary



Context of Research Staff at St Francis supported staff from St Patrick’s RC Primary School. The main focus was literacy based, specifically developing writing through Talk 4 Writing. The collaborative work included lesson observations, feedback, discussion and planning time and sharing good practice. Work was undertaken in Reception and Years […]

Improving Standards in Writing – St Patrick’s Primary and St Francis Primary



Context of Research St Illtyd’s RC Primary was supported by St Mary’s RC Primary. From the outset of the collaborative work, clear support was provided with a focus on raising the quality of Foundation Phase provision in the 3 core areas (languages, literacy and communication, mathematical development and personal and […]

Improving Foundation Phase Provision of Core Subjects – St Illtyd’s RC Primary (Merthyr Tydfil) St Mary’s RC Primary (Merthyr Tydfil)



Context of Research Staff from Llansannor Primary were supported by Mynydd Cynffig Primary. From the outset there was a clear, focused remit for the work: Raise standards in mathematics and numeracy, particularly at level 5 at key stage 2 and Outcomes 5 and 6 in Foundation Phase; Improve pupil performance […]

Raising Standards in Mathematics and Numeracy – Mynydd Cynffig Primary and Llansannor Primary



Context of Research Glan-yr-Afon was supported by Meadowlane. Staff worked in pairs within their phase (Foundation Phase, KS2a, KS2b) to visit each school. The focus of this was examples of marking and assessment for learning (AfL) and extended writing. Teachers in the supported school were able to see how marking […]

Improving Extended Writing – Meadowlane Primary and Glan-yr-Afon Primary



Context of Research Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Ynyswen was partnered with Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Santes Tudful to further develop the upward trend and enhance the work taking place. The main focus of the work was to improve learning and teaching with a specific focus on developing excellence and the lead school’s […]

Improving Learning and Teaching – Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Santes Tudful and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Ynyswen



Context of Research The Pathfinder focused on developing leadership and meeting the needs of learners at risk of exclusion. Working towards the Inclusion Quality Mark standard helped to focus on the inclusion of all learners but specifically those with ADHD whose behaviour can be particularly challenging. The Court School was […]

Meeting the Needs of Learners at Risk of Exclusion – Greenhill Special School and The Court School



Context of Research Tref-y-Rhyg Primary was supported by Ffynnon Taf Primary. The main focus of the work was on Foundation Phase and literacy leadership. Leaders from the Foundation Phase in both schools worked together to look at best practice provision, organisation of accommodation, topic planning, phonics approaches and data tracking. […]

Improving Foundation Phase Provision and Developing Subject Leadership – Ffynon Taf Primary and Tref-y-Rhyg Primary



Context of Research To use LEGO education Build to Express (BTE) as a ‘therapy’ to support targeted pupils who are identified as having a social or emotional need or who find it difficult to articulate their feelings and emotions: Use BTE to provide pupils with a ‘voice’ which allows them […]

Supporting Vulnerable Learners – YGG Llyn y Forwyn, Gwaelod y Garth Primary and All Saints CiW Primary



Who was involved? Headteachers Deputy headteachers Senior leaders Support staff ALNCO Convenor James Ridley, Llangynwyd Primary, Bridgend Focus Develop positive behaviour management using expertise of Court School, Cardiff Improve MAT provision and practice Improve practice in the Foundation Phase Share school self -improvement strategies and processes. Actions Headteachers from SIG 33 shared […]

School Improvement Group Thirty Three – Develop positive behaviour management using expertise of Court School, Cardiff



Who was involved? HTs Subject leaders Teachers, LSAs and support staff Convenor Alison Price, St. Fagan’s CIW Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve standards of teaching and learning from good to excellent. Secure understanding of what constitutes good and excellent teaching in practice using the excellence in teaching framework Develop the role […]

School Improvement Group Thirty One – Secure understanding of what constitutes good and excellent teaching in practice using the excellence in teaching framework



Who was involved? Headteachers Teachers Numeracy leaders Convenor Jonathon Cooper, YGG Abercynon, RCT Focus Use of NIPPERS to improve target setting and standards Use  of NIPPERS, Rhifau Rhagorol, CAME and Dewch i Feddwl to improve number skills Share good practice and teaching approaches to develop number skills. Actions SIG 29 […]

School Improvement Group Twenty Nine B – Use of NIPPERS to improve target setting and standards



Who was involved? Headteachers Teachers Family engagement officers Convenor Anna Maria Bevan, Tremorfa Nursery, Cardiff Focus Improve provision for MAT pupils in numeracy Improve standards in oracy Improve levels of family engagement. Actions Headteachers shared visits in SIG 29 schools and completed learning walks looking for strengths and areas for development. […]

School Improvement Group Twenty Nine A – Improve provision for MAT pupils in numeracy



Who was involved? Headteachers, DHTs, Numeracy leaders, Teachers Convenor Margaret Lugg, Maes yr Haul, Bridgend Focus Improve attendance Raise standards of teaching and learning in mathematics. Actions Schools from SIG 28 hosted events to share effective practice. Headteachers agreed to focus on attendance and improving standards in maths. Headteachers shared […]

School Improvement Group Twenty Eight – Raise standards of teaching and learning in mathematics.



Who was involved? Headteachers Teachers Convenor David Morris, Jenner Park, Vale Focus Improve standards in reading through improved pedagogy. Develop a co-coaching model to improve teaching and learning. Actions To begin collaborative working in SIG 26, standards in reading and teaching were evaluated. The focus of improvement was agreed to […]

School Improvement Group Twenty Six – Improve standards in reading through improved pedagogy.



Who was involved? Headteachers Convenor Lizzie Dykes, St.Monica’s CIW Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve provision of, and standards in, numerical reasoning and mathematics. Actions SIG 25 agreed a focus of developing numerical reasoning. Training in the creation of numerical reasoning tasks from an external provider was given to SIG 25 schools. Joint […]

School Improvement Group Twenty Five – Improve provision of, and standards in, numerical reasoning and mathematics.



Who was involved? HTs, Teachers HLTAs, LSAs, ARR leaders Convenor Rob Williams, St.Nicholas CIW Primary, Vale Focus Improve numeracy tracking. Impact of PDG on pupils’ progress. Improve literacy skills through Rapid Reading and Rapid Writing programmes. Actions SIG 21 identified three common improvement areas; the provision of numeracy rich tasks in order […]

School Improvement Group Twenty One – Improve numeracy tracking



Who was involved? Headteachers SLT Convenor Caroline Newman, Gladstone Primary, Vale Focus To improve standards of teaching and learning. To secure schools’ understanding of what constitutes adequate, good and excellent teaching in practice using the Excellence in Teaching framework. Actions A number of the schools in SIG 20 used ‘Excellence […]

School Improvement Group Twenty – To improve standards of teaching and learning.



Who was involved? Headteachers Deputy headteachers Numeracy leaders Teachers Convenor Caroline Wright, Oaklands Primary, RCT Focus Improve standards of teaching and learning in numeracy using Big and Little Maths, Rhifo Rhagorol (English and Welsh medium) Actions Developing numeracy was the SIG 19 focus. Big Maths methodology was the agreed vehicle […]

School Improvement Group Nineteen – Improve standards of teaching and learning in numeracy using Big and Little Maths, Rhifo Rhagorol (English and Welsh medium)



Who was involved? Headteachers Deputy headteachers Subject leaders FP leaders Convenor Rhian Lundrigan, St. David’s CIW Primary, Cardiff Focus Move standards of teaching and learning from good to excellent. Improve standards of behaviour and wellbeing. Develop effective nurture provision. Actions SIG 18 agreed a focus of improving standards in teaching […]

School Improvement Group Eighteen – Move standards of teaching and learning from good to excellent



Who was involved? Headteachers FP and KS2 Teachers Convenor Ceri Hoffrock, St.David’s CIW Primary, Vale of Glamorgan Focus Moving teaching from good to excellent using Continua focused on FP practice- improve outdoor learning, plenary and verbal feedback KS2 practice- improve short term planning based on evaluation, differentiation and teachers’ written […]

School Improvement Group Seventeen – Moving teaching from good to excellent using Continua



Who was involved? Headteachers Teachers Convenor Gareth Dacey, Cwmclydach Primary, RCT Focus Moving teaching from good to excellent using Continua. Actions SIG 16 agreed a focus of improving standards of teaching using Continua. SIG 16 schools participated in two days of training which included ‘Single Steps’, A4L and Continua. Two […]

School Improvement Group Sixteen – Moving teaching from good to excellent using Continua.





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 Teachers ALNCOs Convenor Neil Davies, Mynydd Cynffig Juniors, Bridgend Focus Improve standards of teaching and learning in literacy. Develop the role of SENCO and ALN provision Senior Leader development Actions Three improvement areas were identified by SIG 14, to facilitate this collaboration, triads were formed, focusing […]

School Improvement Group Fourteen – Improve standards of teaching and learning in literacy.



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.



Who was involved? Headteachers Deputy headteachers Family engagement / liaison officers Convenor Jonathan Bussy, Radyr Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve teaching and learning using Continua Improve attendance Raising attendance and develop parental engagement Implementing LNF Community Involvement MAT learners provision Foundation Phase provision. Actions SIG 10 set up ‘operational groups’ (Siglets) […]

School Improvement Group Ten – Improve teaching and learning using Continua



Who was involved? Headteachers Deputy headteachers Convenor Sue Henderson Cefn Glas Infants, Bridgend Focus Improve Welsh 2nd language provision and practice. Improve provision for outdoor learning. Actions SIG 9 began collaborative work with learning walks to share good practice from within their schools. There was a focus on outdoor learning. Welsh […]

School Improvement Group Nine – Improve Welsh 2nd language provision and practice.



Who was involved? Headteachers Senior leaders Convenor Mel Sancto Llysfaen Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve teaching, monitoring and evaluation through the use of ‘Excellence in Teaching’ resource. Actions SIG 8 schools decided to collaborate using the ‘Excellence in Teaching’ resource. Through this they facilitated: Joint training for staff Implementation of the resource Lesson observations Comprehensive […]

School Improvement Group Eight – Improve teaching, monitoring and evaluation through the use of ‘Excellence in Teaching’ resource



Who was involved? Headteachers Numeracy leaders Convenor Ferne Davies, Ninian Park Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve provision for, and teaching of, numerical reasoning. Move teaching from good to excellent. Actions SIG 6 began their work with learning walks focussed on classroom management, including the use of space and resources. School to school […]

School Improvement Group Six – Improve provision for, and teaching of, numerical reasoning.



Who was involved? Headteachers Numeracy leaders Convenor Judith Davies Danescourt Primary, Cardiff Focus Improve standards of literacy through consistent teaching of phonics and the use of Read Write Inc. Improve numeracy reasoning provision and practice in the Foundation Phase. Actions SIG 5 began their work with literacy and numeracy learning walks across […]

School Improvement Group Five – Improve standards of literacy through consistent teaching of phonics and the use of Read Write Inc



Who was involved? Headteachers Literacy and numeracy leaders Convenor Sian Lewis, Fairfield Primary (Vale of Glamorgan) Focus Improve the quality of teaching and learning in literacy. Improve target setting and review pupil progress through tracking. Employ strategies to improve attendance and punctuality. Actions SIG 4 work began with learning walks across […]

School Improvement Group Four – Improve the quality of teaching and learning in literacy.



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



Who was involved? Headteachers Yr 1 - 6 Teachers Convenor Colin Smith, Llancarfan Primary (VOG) Focus Improving teaching and learning. Moving from good to excellent. Actions Learning walks across SIG 1 schools by same year group teachers took place with a focus on: Learning environment Standards Provision Classroom organisation Strengths […]

School Improvement Group One – Moving From Good to Excellent



Schools participating: Bridgend: Cynffig Comprehensive School Cardiff: Bryn y Deryn, Cardiff High School, Fitzalan High School Merthyr: Pen y Dre High RCT: Mountain Ash Comprehensive School Focus: The SIG is operating in eleven smaller groups known as SIGLETS, each with a different area of responsibility:   SIG steering group Quality […]

Secondary School Improvement Group 2 – SIGLETS



Severn Primary, Cardiff Llanedeyrn Primary, Cardiff Rumney Primary, Cardiff Grangetown Nursery, Cardiff Coryton Primary, Cardiff Parc Lewis Primary, RCT Focus: To improve family engagement All schools from SIG 32 identified improving family engagement as a priority in their school improvement plans (SIPs) and therefore this became the focus of the […]

School Improvement Group 32 – Improving Family Engagement



Bryn Deri Primary, Cardiff Coety Primary, Bridgend Grangetown Primary, Pentre Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf St. Cadoc’s RC Primary, Cardiff YGG Pont Sion Norton, Rhondda Cynon Taf YGG Castellau, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Dewi Sant, Vale of Glamorgan Ysgol Maes Dyfan, Vale of Glamorgan Focus: To develop the leadership and management […]

School Improvement Group 30 – Developing the Leadership and Management Skills of Middle Leaders and Aspiring Middle Leaders



Springwood Primary, Cardiff Bryn Celyn Primary, Cardiff Gelli Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf Llanhari Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf Ysgol Yr Eos, Rhondda Cynon Taf Marlborough Primary, Cardiff Ysgol y Ferch O’r Sger, Bridgend Focus: All SIG 27 schools identified improving teaching and learning through the use of Continua as a priority […]

School Improvement Group 27 – Improving Teaching and Learning through the use of Continua



Cadoxton Primary, Vale Brynnau Primary, RCT St. Joseph’s RC , Vale Archdeacon John Lewis, Bridgend Blaengarw Primary, RCT Coedylan Primary, RCT Croesty Primary, Bridgend Cwmfelin Primary, Bridgend Llantrisant Primary, RCT Nantymoel, RCT St. Andrew’s Major, Vale Focus: To improve provision for, pupil skills in, and assessment of numerical reasoning. The […]

School Improvement Group 24 – To improve provision for, pupil skills in, and assessment of numerical reasoning.



Darran Park, RCT Hawthorn Primary, Cardiff Holy Family RC Primary, Cardiff Llandough Primary, Vale Porth Juniors, RCT St. John Lloyd RC Primary, Cardiff Ysgol Pen Y Pil, Cardiff Focus: To improve provision for and teaching of numerical reasoning skills Seven schools from SIG 23 were involved in the collaborative work […]

School Improvement Group 23 – Improving Provision for Teaching Numerical Reasoning Skills



Alaw Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf Trehopcyn Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Llyn y Forwyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Gwaelod y Garth, Cardiff Hafod Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf All Saints CIW Primary, Vale of Glamorgan Focus: To explore the impact of pupils’ preferred learning styles on attainment Leaders visited each others’ settings in […]

School Improvement Group 22 B – Pupil’s Wellbeing as a Focus for Improvement



Alaw Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf Trehopcyn Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Llyn y Forwyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf YG Gwaelod y Garth, Cardiff Hafod Primary, Rhondda Cynon Taf All Saints CIW Primary, Vale of Glamorgan Focus: To explore the impact of pupils’ preferred learning styles on attainment Leaders visited each others’ settings in […]

School Improvement Group 22 A – Exploring the Impact of Pupils’ Preferred Learning Styles on Attainment



Cilfynydd Primary (RCT) Gellifaelog Primary (RCT) Pontrhondda Primary (RCT) St. Helen’s RC Primary (VOG) Trealaw Primary (RCT) Trowbridge Primary (Cardiff) Ysgol Gynradd Coed Y Dderwen (Bridgend) Heronsbridge Special (Bridgend). Focus: To improve classroom and behaviour management Leaders began the collaborative work by visiting schools within the SIG. From this they identified inclusion […]

School Improvement Group 12 – Improving Classroom and Behaviour Management



Llysfaen Primary - Cardiff Evenlode Primary – Vale of Glamorgan Penrhys Primary - RCT St. Peter’s RC Primary - Cardiff Lansdowne Primary – Cardiff Christ the King RC – Cardiff. Focus: to improve teaching standards using ‘Excellence in Teaching’ framework. All SIG 8 schools involved identified improving teaching and learning as a priority […]

School Improvement Group 8 – To improve teaching standards using ‘Excellence in Teaching’ framework.