Welsh Government Dysg eNewsletter: 11 July 2016 (Issue 466)

11 July 2016 • Issue 466



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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 (Video)

We have produced a short animation to talk parents and 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 this link on your school’s website for parents and carers.


Welsh Government School Uniform Grant Scheme 2016 /17 

Pupils entering Year 7 of maintained secondary schools in Wales in the 2016/17 school year who are eligible for free school meals will be eligible for the school uniform grant; as will pupils in special schools, special needs resource bases and pupil referral units in Wales who are aged 11 at the start of the 2016/1school year and who are eligible for free school meals.

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

How was school today? Parents’ and carers’ guide to secondary school for children ages 11-14

Copies of the updated guide have now been sent to Primary Schools for learners in Year 6 to hand out to parents and carers prior to them leaving at the end of term.

All secondary schools should have by now received reference copies of the guide. 

Please upload the PDF or share a link of the parents and carers’ guide on your school website. 

For additional bilingual reference copies, please contact epscomms@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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STEM in Ed free event - Wednesday 7 September, Swansea

Meet educators from across Wales and the UK to explore the latest innovative ideas and resources in STEM education. Join the British Science Association at their annual celebratory ‘STEM in Ed’ evening at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. A great opportunity to meet teachers, activity providers and STEM Ambassadors; register for free here

New INSET day training module – Mitigating the effects of poverty through arts, culture and heritage

A new INSET day training module has been developed to support practitioners and schools when using arts, culture and heritage to mitigate the effects of deprivation. Module 1 provides a brief overview of the major themes. It is the first of 4 modules to be published and available for use.

Education other than at school

This is a response to Estyn’s report on education other than at school.

The Learning Exchange – Available in September

The Education Workforce Council (EWC) on behalf of the Welsh Government has recently completed work on the development of a Learning Exchange which will provide details of regional, national and international professional learning opportunities for STEM, Computing and ICT subject areas.  The Learning Exchange will be available via the EWC website from September 2016 onwards


Welsh medium resources

As a result of recent changes to GCSE, AS and A level specifications, Welsh Government has awarded a grant of up to £1million to WJEC over a period of two years (2016-18) to manage the provision of Welsh medium resources to support these qualifications

Why should children and Young People Contact Meic 

Meic is the national information, advice and advocacy helpline for children and young people (0-25) in Wales.  Since Meic was set up in 2011, it has dealt with nearly 30,000 contacts, covering a wide range of issues from exam stress to bullying, depression to eating disorders, and much more. Watch video

Article 1 English - Global Learning Programme Wales  - Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympics

To help schools that want to develop pupils’ thinking about global development ideas, the Global Learning Programme-Wales is providing free bilingual classroom resources linked to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympics which begin on 5th August.

Article 2 English - Global Learning Programme Wales - Special Schools Network Training

GLP-W is pleased to offer Global Learning Training on 23 September at Ysgol Maes y Coed, Bryncoch, Neath, SA10 7TY, with Tracy Edwards, Swiss Cottage School Development and Resource Centre, Camden.

Particularly relevant for SLD and PMLD schools and units in mainstream throughout Wales. There will also be an opportunity to join the GLP-W Special Schools network.


Hwb+ Upgrade

As part of the ongoing developments of schools Hwb+ sites, all 1600+ school sites in Wales will be upgraded over the Summer holidays

The upgrade will see the entire Hwb+ platform, including public facing websites, migrated from the current SharePoint 2010 infrastructure to SharePoint 2013. 

As this is a whole platform upgrade all Hwb+ sites will remain accessible but in read only mode from 22 July.

All migrated sites and content will be released by 1 September.

latest statistics and reports

Local authority budgeted expenditure on schools

Budgeted expenditure on Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision

Evaluation of Work-Based Learning (WBL)

other news

OpenMinds: Why is it time to revisit the Moon?

20 July 2016

National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP

5:45-6.30pm: Registration and refreshments

6:30-7:45pm: Talk and Q&A

7:45-8:15pm: Drinks reception and networking opportunity

Would it be possible to live on the Moon? What do recent discoveries suggesting water on the Moon tell us? What do we expect to find when we next go there in 2021?



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