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How Can Help Schools Implement the Professional Standards

Background: The XLence Leadership Programme

The XLence Standards Review Framework and the associated Professional Learning Tool are designed to help staff evaluate, record and develop their practice against the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership in Wales.

From September 2019 our seven ambassador schools started a year-long programme, using the framework and the system, designed to enhance leadership and teaching. The aim of the programme is to:

  • broaden knowledge and understanding of the Professional Standards;
  • enhance leaders’ skills and competencies against elements within the Standards;
  • build and support research-based learning within and across schools;
  • contribute to school improvement and the schools’ development as learning organisations.

All schools which were invited to be ambassadors attended an initial meeting in May 2019, outlining the proposed Leadership Programme, and this was followed by a detailed meeting in September with schools agreeing the final programme, including specific actions and timelines.

After this, the schools embarked on the programme, which entailed using the framework and online system. Exact methodology for implementation was left to the schools, and they took differing approaches according to context.

Ambassador Case Studies:

Click the school name to read the case study.

Colleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen (CCYD)
An 11-19 school in Tondu, Bridgend

Tonyrefail Community School
A newly formed 3-18 Community School in Tonyrefail, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Glan Usk Primary School (Coming Soon)
A very large 3-11 Primary School in Newport

Barry Island Primary School (Coming Soon)
A 3-11 Primary School in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan

Other Ambassador Schools:

Ysgol Cwm Brombil
A 3-16 School in Port Talbot

Abersychan School
An 11-16 Comprehensive in Torfaen

Ysgol Gynradd Pencae Primary
A 4-11 Primary in Cardiff

This study reports the actions four of the seven schools have taken so far, within the overarching aims, and identifies the impact of those actions at this stage. To read the case studies, click on the school names in the green box above.

A further three ambassador schools are undertaking the programme, from a later starting date. Case studies on their resulting journey will also be published at an appropriate time.

We shall be inviting schools to take part in the next cohort of the Leadership Programme from the Autumn Term. Please see the website from June onwards for details. This can include single schools or existing networks.

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