In November 2014, Ysgol Y Deri was awarded the International School Award for 2014-2017, which recognises schools which have excelled in the area of international learning and which is a testament to our whole school commitment to embedding a rich and creative range of international work.

We are currently engaged in two Comenius Projects, one involving pupil mobilities to our partners in Europe.

We were also successful in the first round of Erasmus Plus applications in 2014:


Staff from Ysgol Y Deri, Penarth, South Wales decided to embark on a large-scale staff training and development program following the formulation of the school's improvement plan and European development plan. Staff wish to ensure that students receive the best possible education though up to date, well-researched teaching and learning strategies and interventions. Working with colleagues in Lippstadt, Germany we wrote a project to encompass all students and to ensure the most impact for staff CPD and outcomes for learners.

There are two threads to the project;

  1. SLT and teaching staff attending European in-service training course developed and designed by 'Educational in service training - VSKO' using cutting edge of CPD methodology, working with teams of teachers across Europe as professional learning communities, to look at leadership, observation and self-evaluation, CPD and high PISA ranks education systems.

  2. A team of school staff working closely with our German partners in Don-Bosco Schule, Lippstadt to develop three key areas;​​

    • Interventions to support behaviour management: Staff will look at behaviour monitoring, strategies used to support proactive responses to challenging behaviour and interventions used to support this. The results of the project activities will be disseminated to all staff in Ysgol Y Deri. PLCs will be set up to share findings and good practice with cross-consortium special schools across south Wales. Blogs on an entwining twin space will allow staff to collaborate and discuss experiences to allow shared teaching and learning strategies and regular updates to the school's website, newsletters and local media will ensure the project is regarded publicly in the local community

    • Qualifications and the world of work: Staff will examine current procedures for students once they reach 14 years of age and determine by means of comparative analysis the most effective systems. They will then look to develop the most beneficial route for students into the world of work by sharing good practice and working together

    • IT & assistive technology: Staff will work closely to deliver up-to-date training, guidance and support in using the latest technology, IT and assistive technology for children with special needs.