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Area of focus: Improving the quality of teaching School(s) or partnership name: Willowbrook Primary School Name of lead person: Steve Davies Role of lead person: Headteacher Lead person e-mail address: stdavies@cardiff.gov.uk Lead person telephone number: 029 2079 5965 Local Authority: Cardiff Phase(s): Foundation Phase and key stage 2   Context and background to case study Willowbrook Primary […]

Raising Standards in Teaching – Willowbrook Primary School



Little did I know that within 6 months of becoming Head Teacher in January 2014, our school would find itself at the heart of all four Central South Wales Challenge (CSWC) initiatives. Inspired by the London and Manchester Challenges, these initiatives are building a self-improving school system and breaking down […]

All Saints Church in Wales Primary School – The Parlimentary Review: A Year in Perspective



Area(s) of focus:  Improve pupil outcomes in foundation phase Reduce the FSM gap Reduce the gap – vulnerable pupils Improve pupil outcomes in literacy Improve pupil outcomes in numeracy Improve pupil outcomes in ICT Ensure that the curriculum is suitable for all groups of learners Improve the quality of teaching […]

Windsor Clive Primary School – Coaching



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? 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 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 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 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 & 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 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