ERW has been resourced by Welsh Government to support the roll out of the new GCSEs in English, Welsh first Language, Mathematics (2017) and Science as well as foundation GCSE subjects (2018).

The programme will also support schools in preparing pupils to sit the PISA assessments.

The overarching aim of this programme is to support departments to become self-sustaining departments that are able to drive their own improvement over time.

In order to keep resources in schools and in recognition that the solutions for improvement are in school, ERW is taking the following approach to the programme:

  • A small team of Leaders of Learning has been created from a range of high quality teachers/leaders from schools across the region and will support schools in a range of ways including coordinating network meetings of middle leaders
  • Schools will be identified and asked to lead school to school support to aid the implementation of the new GCSEs
  • Bespoke support will be provided to all departments and will be tailored to individual needs.

Leaders of Learning support

For the core subjects, each department is allocated a level of support on an annual basis and from this a bespoke support programme is developed in consultation with the school. In foundation subjects, the Leader of Learning will oversee and support the lead schools as well as managing the Hwb resource networks.

The support Leaders of Learning provide will include:

  • Model lessons/Lesson Study
  • The development of  rich resources which develop pupils understanding of PISA style questions and new GCSE specifications
  • Development and review of a regional Scheme of Work/Lesson bank
  • Joint planning and delivery of lessons
  • Training/Network sessions.

Resources developed to date are available on the ERW Hwb networks:

For further information please contact Ian Altman, Head of Leaders of Learning.


Lead schools have been recruited for each subject and will work alongside our Leader of Learning for non-core subjects. There are up to three lead schools per subject, each with responsibility for one of the three hubs in ERW.
The Leader of Learning for non-core subjects, working with the lead teachers will establish effective networks to support all non-core subjects at GCSE and compliment networking arrangements where they currently exist in local authorities. This will allow heads of department to share and develop the good practice that already exists within schools.
There are designated HWB networks available for all teachers within ERW to join. This will give teachers the opportunity to share the most recent subject developments through the discussion board. Working groups will also be set up to create and develop schemes of work and teacher resources. These will be shared on the subject network for each specific subject.
Support for the new GCSE specifications is currently available in the following subject areas: Drama, Art, Physical Education, Geography, History, Religious Education and Business.
Below are the details of the HWB Networks and Lead schools for each subject:

ERW GCSE Physical Education

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Lead Schools:
Pontarddulais Comprehensive School – Julie Evans
Pembroke School – Andrew Davies
Welshpool High School – Wendy Langford




ERW WJEC Religious Education

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Lead Schools:
Cefn Hengoed Community School– Alison Lewis
Dyffryn School – Ailee Sotero
Coedcae School– Alex Roe



ERW GCSE Business

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Lead Schools:
Cefn Hengoed Community School – Anthony Rowe
Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade – Daniel Hughes




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Lead Schools:
Bishopston Comprehensive School – Charlotte Lewis
Queen Elizabeth High School - Penny Prileszky
Welshpool High School – Helen Barker




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Lead Schools:
Penyrheol Comprehensive School – Annelee Williams-Sheaf
Welshpool High School – Fiona Davies



ERW GCSE Geography

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Lead Schools:
Dyffryn Taf – Joanne McCourt
Pembroke School – Angela Unwin
Ysgol Greenhill – Sian Lloyd



ERW GCSE Design Technology

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Lead School:
Ysgol Bro Pedr – Roland Griffiths



ERW GCSE History

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Lead Schools:
Cefn Hengoed Community School – Helen Ball
Bishopston Comprehensive School – Claire Jacob
Dyffryn Taf School – Victoria Kucyj




Support available to science departments includes tailored support to suit a department’s needs. This can take the form of school visits where a Head of Science can discuss specific issues with a science Leader of Learning and agree on a programme of support.Examples of support include lesson planning, controlled assessment, resources, training sessions, preparing for the new GCSEs, investigations in KS2 and KS3, embedding Scientific Literacy, co-ordinating Head of Department meetings, resource sharing meetings and development of Schemes of Work at KS2, KS3 & KS4.

Other support includes the ERW Science network on Hwb which provides resources and documents to support the new suite of WJEC science GCSEs.

To become a member of the network search ‘ERW Science’ in Hwb networks.

The network includes WJEC GCSE specifications, Teacher Guidance, Specimen Assessment Materials for the new GCSEs, investigations, and Scientific Literacy/PISA resources. It will also have resources and schemes of work to support the new GCSEs. There are already many resources available and these will be supplemented throughout the year, starting with GCSE Science (double award).

For further information or to discuss support please contact:
David Bradley
Steve Martin


The main remit of the Leaders of Learning for English is to support schools with the implementation of the new GCSEs in English Language and Literature for first examination in 2017. The role has now grown to include support for relevant curriculum and changes at Key Stage 3 as well as developing teaching and learning pedagogy and leadership throughout the secondary phase.

There are currently two English Leaders of Learning who can provide the following types of support:

  • Departmental reviews, including lesson observations, work scrutiny, listening to learners, documentation scrutiny;
  • One-to-one training, departmental training, cluster training, hub-wide training on a wide range of topics (see below);
  • Leadership support and training for heads of department or those with specific responsibilities;
  • Resources to support KS3 and GCSE;
  • Model lessons, team-teaching, lesson planning;
  • Bespoke support for individuals, departments and schools following consultation with challenge advisers and/or headteachers.

Current training packages include:

  • Improving writing (with a focus on boys);
  • English teaching for non-specialists;
  • Developing Reading Behaviours;
  • Effective Questioning;
  • Improving oracy (particularly at GCSE level);


All resources are available in our HWB networks. These include resource developed by Leaders of Learning, teachers in ERW schools and resources shared by CCS, EAS and GWE consortia.

To access these resources, search the HWB networks and ask to join. Once accepted you will be able to download any resource as well as upload your own resources to share with others.

List of HWB networks for English:

  • ERW English Resources – contains all the main training packages and resources for GCSE as well as some for KS3;
  • Diagnostic Tool Training – contains the ERW diagnostic tool for the NRTs (adaptable for any test or exam) as well as training in its use;
  • ERW Working party for KS3 resources – contains a wealth of resources for use in KS3, in the style of the new GCSE;
  • Literacy Working Party ERW Eastern Hub – contains a range of model texts for all of the writing text types for use in KS2 and KS3;
  • Improving Boys Writing – contains training materials and resources for developing writing as well as engaging boys;
  • ERW Effective Oracy in English – contains training materials and resources for improving oracy performance in secondary schools.

Contact details:
Ian Altman

Alyson Thomas

Local Authorites Swansea-Abertawe Neath Port Talbot - Castell Nedd Port-Talbot Ceredigion Carmarthenshire - Sir Gaerfyrddin Pembrokeshire-Sir Benfro Powys

ERW is an alliance of 6 local authorities governed by a legally constituted joint committee. Its aim is to implement the agreed regional strategy and business plan to support school improvement.