In 2010, the Welsh Government’s Department for Education and Skills (DfES), identified a need to change the way schools were judged and compared. A system was created which grouped similar schools into “families” consisting of approximately 11 schools.
The Family of Schools allows schools with an opportunity to participate in a method of effective school to school collaboration and partnership, working beyond their local context on new methodologies and innovative ways of working. The Family of schools
Facilitated by a small team of head teachers the schools are able to join a network of schools which undertakes joint professional development and projects based around common interests and school development priorities.
This process gives you the opportunity to share and develop best practice with schools from across Wales, sharing not only expertise but also the best practice from a wide variety of local authorities. Schools can work with each other based on their shared characteristics, such as attainment, demographics or socio-economic areas or based on interest and priorities.
The “Family” have been together since 2010 and have worked on several Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
- Literacy PLC
- Numeracy PLC
The schools involved in the “Family” are: