Teaching and Learning


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



Colcot Primary School is situated in the town of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. The school’s Headteacher is Mrs Nia Cule. There are 325 pupils on roll aged 3 – 11 years old. The school has 13 teachers and 14 non teaching members of staff. The school serves an […]

Colcot Primary School – The Parlimentary Review: A Year in Perspective (Saesneg yn unig)



Context and background The project outlines examples of the whole school use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. It also exhibits the use of technology within the English department and Literacy, and also the Mathematics department and Numeracy to enhance teaching and learning. The project also looks at learner […]

Cardinal Newman Catholic Comprehensive School – Improving the Quality of Teaching by Using Technology



Context and background The school had already been doing a ‘literacy in form time’ slot which was proving popular with pupils and teachers. The aim was to measure the impact of these 15 minute sessions and improve their impact by differentiating their content using a ‘workstations’ style approach. Nature of strategy/activity Initially, literacy in […]

Bishop Hedley Catholic High School – The Impact of Literacy Mastery Learning Sessions on eFSM Pupils using Digital Workstations



Rhydypenau Primary School is a large primary school of over 500 learners in Cardiff. In 2011, Estyn judged standards at the school to be good. Birchgrove Primary School is also located in Cardiff and is slightly smaller with around 400 learners on roll. Rhydypenau Primary School has almost 3 per […]

Welsh Government – Developing and sharing practice: Rhydypenau Primary School and Birchgrove Primary School



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 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 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.



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



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!



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



Cultural Connections summarises how co-curricular activities improved the wellbeing, behaviour and availability to learn of children with behavioural problems in two primary schools. Using movement to link the National Literacy Framework with local artists increased the children’s interest and engagement in learning. This case study highlights how creative teaching and learning strategies which provide children […]

Central South Consortium Physical Literacy Team: Goetre Primary School & St Joseph’s RC Primary School – A co-curricular approach to improving the health and wellbeing of learners