Welsh Government Dysg pre-11 newsletter – 18 July 2016 (Issue 151)

18 July 2016 • Issue 151




Updated Web Pages for the new Curriculum for Wales

The new Curriculum for Wales web pages have been updated to make their information more accessible and provide a structure for regular updates as curriculum developments take place.


Dysg summer recess!

Dysg will be taking a break over the summer holidays!  Thank you for reading and we hope you have found it useful.  If you’d like to let us know what you think of the e-newsletter or have some ideas of how we can improve it, please let us know by filling in our survey or e-mail us direct dysg@wales.gsi.gov.uk.  Hope you have a great summer and we’ll be back in September! 


FREE! Ready to Learn resources

A new campaign to get children ‘ready to learn’ has been launched by the Education Secretary Kirsty Williams

‘Ready to Learn’ is designed to help parents and carers prepare their child for school through a range of engaging resources available from schools and nurseries.  The materials include a leaflet for parents an activity chart for parents and carers to work through with their child and a short animation.

Packs have been distributed to primary schools, sessional day care providers and nurseries. If you’d like more packs please email

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 2016/17school year and who are eligible for free school meals.

New INSET day training module – Mitigating the effects of deprivation 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.

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

End of Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 assessment and statutory school target setting requirements.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education has decided to withdraw the decision to amend the expected levels for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 and therefore any resulting amendments to the target setting regulations, to increase the expected level of achievement for learners in English, Welsh (first language) and Mathematics at the end of Key Stages 2 and 3 from Summer 2018.  A copy of the letter sent to the education sector can be found here.

Updated parent and carers guides now online

Parent and carer guides have been distributed to relevant primary schools for all parents and carers with children starting the relevant phases set out below.

Please upload and share links to the electronic versions of the guides on your school website ready for next term.

If you haven’t received enough copies and would like some for the beginning of next term, please email

Tremorfa Nursery School praised

The way Tremorfa Nursey School has driven up standards by working with parents, families and the wider community has been commended by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams.

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.

Reducing Bureaucracy in Schools and Colleges

The Bureaucracy Project letter and Audit Tables outline information to develop a comprehensive document which will be useful to schools and colleges as a work-planning and bench-marking tool. It focuses on identifying duplication and unnecessary returns to reduce and mitigate bureaucratic burdens.  We welcome your comments, amendments and additions on the Bureaucracy Project – Audit Tables to: SchoolsandYoungPeopleWorkforceUnit@Wales.gsi.gov.uk

by Friday 21st October.

St David Awards 2017

Do you know individuals or groups doing remarkable things and making a difference in your communities through the education sector, or inspiring young people who are achieving great things?

Nominate them for the St David Awards, the highest accolades given by the First Minister to celebrate Wales’s biggest success stories in the Citizenship / Young Person Award categories.  Nominate here  until 21 October 2016.

national reading and numeracy tests

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

National Test Results 

This guidance highlights some key points that may be helpful to practitioners when discussing test outcomes with parents/carers.

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 this link on your school’s website for parents and carers.

A guide to parents/carers is also available in booklet format.


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 Friday 22 July.

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

Hwb+ and the new academic year

To ensure your Hwb+ site is updated with users, classes and subjects for the new academic year, a “rollover” process takes place.  In most cases your local authority will be managing the process and there should be very little admin required in school. More information and guidance can be found on Hwb. However, if you are experiencing any issues please contact the Hwb+ support desk on 029 2099 0200 or e-mail supportdesk@hwbsupport.net

Calling all schools: complete our e-Safety survey

We are calling all schools in Wales! Please take our short e-Safety survey and share with us what e-Safety issues you are dealing with, what tools are you using to support your e-Safety work, how are these tools helping you protect children online.

resources / competitions

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

Deadline extended - Dahlightful Stories Competition

This competition is open only to schools in Wales, so your school has a great chance of winning one of the following amazing prizes!

  • Free Roald Dahl - Imagine That! show for your school (worth £150!)
  • £100 worth of reading books
  • Your school featured in a published anthology of shortlisted entries

The Dahlightful Stories Competition is an official Roald Dahl 100 Wales contest for children attending Primary School (Year 3 to 6) or Secondary School (Year 7 to 13) in Wales. Read More

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.

Global Learning Programme Wales - Special Schools Network Training

GLP-W is pleased to offer Global Learning Training on Friday 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. For more details please contact: lbuckley@educationdevelopmenttrust.com

latest statistics and reports

Local authority budgeted expenditure on schools

Budgeted expenditure on Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision



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