Friday March 17th

We had a very successful INSET day on Monday. All the teaching staff were welcomed at Risca Primary School where we were able to see the writing toolkit that we have recently started using to improve standards of writing in action. Risca has developed their use of the toolkit over the last 6 or 7 years so it was useful to see how the teachers implement it through the school and the positive impact it has had. We have already seen improvements in our children’s books which we will continue to work on. 

Meanwhile back in school our teaching assistants received some training in Welsh to develop their skills and confidence in using Welsh both inside and outside the classroom and I did some training with our midday supervisors. 

I worked from home for a couple of days catching up with some important paperwork and completing some forms for specific pupil support. 

On Thursday I attended a meeting at Our Lady and St Michael’s school with the Acting Deputy, her Admin Lead and Rod Alcott who is working for the  Welsh Government, looking at the possibility of primary schools using a business manager as a support for head teachers whose time could then be better spent dealing with education and school improvement rather than researching the price of photocopying contracts! We are very lucky in Lantilio to have Mrs Clarke’s expertise as she was a business manager at a school in Kent before relocating. She is already ensuring we get the best possible value for money and has been worth her weight in gold since joining us in September! 

On Friday I met with the heads of Deri View  and Llanvihangel Crucorney to discuss our continuing collaborations. Our year 5 teachers are the focus this year and will be working together over the next few weeks. 

We will all be wearing brightly coloured socks or tights on Tuesday to help raise some money for the 21plus group that supports children with Downs Syndrome and their families, then there’s the Abergavenny Eisteddfod to look forward to on  Saturday. If you can join us there is also a coffee morning in St Teilos on Saturday morning from 10am to 12 to raise funds for the church and for the after school club. 

Mrs Joanne Bayton

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