Welsh Government Dysg eNewsletter: 5 July 2016 (Issue 465)

5 July 2016 • Issue 465



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National Test Results 2016

The National Reading and Numeracy Test results are now available for secondary, middle and special schools to download. 

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Reporting National Test Results

Documents to support the reporting of National Test results, including the “Calculating the Learners Scores” tables, Pupil Results Sheet template and age-calculator are now available on Learning Wales.


Interpreting National Reading and Numeracy test results – animated guide for parents/carers

We have produced a short animation to talk parents/carers through the National Reading and Numeracy Test reports. A link to the animation is included on the pupil results sheet, but you may wish to share the link or embed the film to your school’s website. 


National Tests 2017

The dates for the 2017 National Tests have been set as follows:

  • Secondary Schools: 26 April – 10 May 2017
  • Primary Schools: 3 – 10 May 2017
  • Middle Schools: 26 April – 10 May 2017

Written Statement - School Term Dates 2017/18

Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education

‘All 22 local authorities submitted notifications of term dates they propose to set for 2017/18.  Information was also received on behalf of 127 VA and foundation schools; this was a significant increase on the 81 submitted the previous year…’

Updated 'How was school today? Parents’ and carers’ guide to secondary school – now available!

All secondary schools will receive reference copies of the parents’ guide this week.  Why not upload or share a link of the parents and carers’ guide in PDF on your school website?  The guide is full of useful information covering the school setting and gives parents and carers some ideas about how to help their children and explain how their progress will be measured and reported. For additional bilingual reference copies, please contact epscomms@wales.gsi.gov.uk 

MoD Education Support Fund 2017-18 Now Open

The Ministry of Defence is inviting applications for 2017-18 from schools with service children whose parents experience frequent mobility and deployment. Application deadline is 30 September 2016.

This is the last year of the fund which is open to all maintained schools across the UK.

Draft Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill - Summary of consultation responses

The Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language has issued a Written Ministerial Statement announcing the publication of the summary of responses to the consultation.  Read the statement here

Consultation - Registration fees for the education workforce in Wales (2017)

Proposals for the registration fee models for the Education Workforce Council (EWC) from 1 April 2017.

Changes to the school governance legislative framework

The Welsh Government is to consult on proposals to provide governing bodies with flexibility to appoint governors with the skills they need to be effective and to determine their constitution to meet their specific needs.  ‘School governing bodies are vital to the success of our schools. They set the strategic direction for the school, and hold the head teacher to account for the school’s  performance…’ Written Statement - Changes to the school governance legislative framework and Press release

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National Digital Learning Council

The Welsh Government is looking to appoint a new Chair and members to the third term of its National Digital Learning Council.

If you would be interested in applying, you can find further information at www.gov.wales/publicappointments  or if you have any queries, please contact our Shared Service Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or email SharedServiceHelpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Quality Improvement Fund 2015-16

Our Investing in Quality programme made funding available to work-based learning providers to work collaboratively on projects aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning.  The final reports and resources are now available on Learning Wales.


New Selfies & sexting playlist resource - Now available on Hwb

New resources are now available on Hwb for primary and secondary teachers and learners to discuss the safeguarding issues around Selfies and Sexting.  Click here for more details.


Euro 2016 Resources

The Euro 2016 tournament has been a great success for Wales. Capitalise on the excitement in your classroom with our selection of football themed resources on Hwb.

NEW: 360 Degree Safe Cymru regional update events

360 safe Cymru regional events will take place in September across Wales. These events will focus on the recent updates we have made to this e-Safety tool for schools. Dates 26 – 29 September in Newport, Bridgend, Carmarthen and Conwy. Book now!

Blogging in Hwb+

Planning a school trip this term? Why not encourage your pupils to use Hwb+ to blog about their experiences?

Pupils can write blogs and post them on your school’s Hwb+ public website to keep their parents up to date with what they’ve been getting up to. Alternatively, blogs can be posted on class, subject or year sites in Hwb+ and used as discussion points when you return to the classroom. For more ideas on using blogs, see the Hwb+ help pages

other news

Thinking about how to embed the Wider Skills or new Digital Competence Framework in your teaching?

The British Council offers two funded CPD courses across Wales: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving and Digital Competence. Available in Welsh or English, participant teachers can also apply for £3,000 to carry out international study visits.   Enrol for Autumn courses here.

Language Trends Wales – research into modern foreign language learning and education

British Council Wales and the Education Development Trust have published the second national survey of modern foreign language (MFL) teaching in Welsh secondary schools – Language Trends Wales 2016. 

Governors Wales E-Bulletin - June 2016

We hope you will find the latest e-bulletin from Governors Wales an interesting and informative read. There are approximately 21,500 governors in Wales, it would be great to think that all governors in Wales have joined our mailing list, so why not spread the word to your colleagues …! Sign up to the mailing list here



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