Welsh Government Dysg eNewsletter: 18 July 2016 (Issue 467)

18 July 2016 • Issue 467




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! 


National Literacy and Numeracy Framework case studies

We have worked with a number of schools to produce case studies to further support the implementation of the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF). 

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.

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.

Kirsty savours community spirit at Pembroke Dock school

Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams was full of praise for the way leaders at Pembroke Dock Community School are involving parents and carers in the education of children there.

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.

post-16 updates

Apprenticeship Awards Cymru – Sponsorship Packages

The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru celebrate the outstanding achievements of learners, employers and providers involved in the delivery of quality Employability and Apprenticeship programmes across Wales. Sponsorship packages are offered at a number of levels and the earlier you secure sponsorship at the awards, the more opportunities you have.

Review of progression planning in further education in Wales

A review of how well colleges in Wales are planning and delivering their curriculum to secure progression opportunities for learners at all levels is now available on Learning Wales.

Self assessment for post-16 providers

Guidance on the requirements for providers to submit an annual self-assessment report and quality development plan is updated annually in light of experience, feedback from providers and emerging Welsh Government priorities. The latest version of the guidance is available on our website or via a link from Learning Wales.

EU students and staff welcome at Swansea University - Kirsty Williams

On her first visit to the city since being appointed Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams has said students and staff from across the European Union are welcome at Swansea University (Thurs 14th July).

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.

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.


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.

latest statistics and reports

Local authority budgeted expenditure on schools

Budgeted expenditure on Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision



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