Friday February 2nd

It’s world Cancer day today (Sunday Feb 4th),I’m sure,like me, this disease has affected you in one way or another so I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting our Wear red for Velindre day in school on Friday. We raised over £180 so thank you very much indeed!

Just a reminder too that I am doing a swimathon in April for Cancer Research and Marie Curie – many thanks for those who have donated to my just giving page – the link is below if you would like to donate.

Red was a topic of conversation last week for other reasons too. The Welsh Government published the Categorisation for all Welsh

schools and, disappointingly, Llantilio was placed in the red category. There are many reasons for this but in a nutshell the school has failed to make rapid enough progress in meeting the recommendations for improvement as outlined by Estyn when they published their report in November. By placing us in red we have secured 25 days of support to help us improve in the areas of writing, maths, Welsh oracy, aspects of ICT and feedback and assessment.

We have made progress in these areas over the last year but the impact was not apparent in some cases, particularly maths, where progress was more limited. Since September 2017 however we have benefited from increased support through links with St Gwladys Primary in Bargoed and also linking with our EAS maths team. Similarly we have received support for Welsh too. We have revised our marking and assessment routines to ensure feedback to children leads to improvement in books and looked at differentiating work to ensure we meet the needs of all our learners – including adding extra challenge for our more able and talented pupils.

We have also developed leadership at all levels and have developed staff’s skill and expertise in monitoring and evaluating standards in their subjects. Progress has been more rapid in the Autumn term and is continuing this term. Yes, I am disappointed that we are ‘red’ but we really have benefited from the extra support and I am very confident that we will continue to build on the progress made so far and ensure Llantilio continues to grow and improve.

If you are concerned about categorisation please do not hesitate to contact me. I am holding a parents’ forum on Tues 13th at 9 am or call in and see me. There are also some links below for more information.

We have parent reading workshops coming up – on Tuesday we are focusing on Foundation Phase and Wednesday KS2. We are hoping to give you ideas on how to support your children with reading at home. Sessions will be initially in the hall at 2pm followed by a chance to see reading in practice in the classroom. If you can’t make the session we will ensure you have the information.

Mrs Joanne Bayton


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