Welsh Government Dysg eNewsletter: 18 August 2016 Special Edition

18 August 2016 • Special Edition


Welsh education news

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Exam results 2016 – “Where Now?”

Help learners take their next steps following GCSE and A-Level exam results.  The period following exam results is a critical time for young people.  It is important to maintain a dialogue with them to help them make the right choices, whatever their results. For information on the options available share links to the “Where Now?” help and advice webpage!




Exam results stress: pupils can call, chat online or text Meic for help!


Pupils stressed as they await their A-level, GCSE and other exam results can find emotional support by calling Meic.



Curriculum for Wales updates

A new Curriculum for Welsh schools is being developed. The attached newsletter gives an update on developments. If your work links to education, schools, children or parents you may find it interesting.

More information on the Curriculum for Wales (gov.wales)

More information on the Digital Competence Framework (Learning Wales)


Overview of A and AS level results

Qualifications Wales has produced an overview of this year’s A level results which is available on its website here


More welsh education news

Sound Advice on Student Finance Wales

Wondering what loans and grants your students might be able to get from Student Finance Wales? We’ve put together some short animations to provide a quick and easy explanation.  Visit the YouTube channel here .


If your students have already applied for student finance but their choices of course, university or college have changed, they will need to let Student Finance Wales know. The easiest way to do this is by advising them to log into their accounts at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

Technical note – guidance to understanding summer exam results data

The exam systems of the four UK Nations have become increasingly divergent over the last few years, reflecting changes in education policy, qualifications and patterns of entry for students.


Exam results 2016: Apprenticeships


Thousands of young people across Wales will be opening those all-important envelopes this week to see their results and many may be wondering what their next steps will be. Vocational routes, like apprenticeships, can give a solid grounding for exciting and rewarding careers. The Apprenticeship Programme, supported by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund, is a great way for individuals to gain recognised qualifications and essential skills, while earning a wage. To search apprenticeship vacancies, visit ams.careerswales.com



Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2016


The Apprenticeship Awards takes place on 20 October at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, and recognises the achievements of individuals, employers and providers across Wales. 

Sponsorship packages are available at a number of levels and the earlier you secure sponsorship, the more opportunities you have. The following packages are available:


  • Awards Category Sponsor x 4
  • Dinner Brochure Sponsor
  • Dinner Sponsor
  • Entertainment Sponsor
  • Table Sponsor
  • Promotional Item Sponsor


For more information, contact 029 2049 5861


Further Mathematics Support Programme (FSMP Wales) - Area Coordinator positions, please apply

The FMSP Wales received further funding to expand its activities into new areas and is seeking to appoint experienced Further Mathematics teachers as Area Coordinators to cover mid-Wales, North Wales and South East and South Central Wales. Three full time posts are available, each can be a job share. 

Views of young people on youth work - Survey

The National Assembly for Wales’ Children, Young People and Education Committee is undertaking an inquiry into Youth Work and want to know what young people think about Youth Services in Wales.

The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and young people can have their views heard via the link.


If you would like a member of the National Assembly Education and Youth Engagement Team to come to your school or youth organisation to give you the opportunity to take part in this Youth Work Inquiry, you should contact 0300 200 6565 or email: contact@assembly.wales.

The Skills Show 17-19 November 2016 

Opportunity for student groups to get involved in the #SkillsShow16 volunteer programme

Part of @WorldSkillsUK, The Skills Show is the nation’s largest skills and careers event and helps to shape the future of a new generation. 

For more information please see the FAQs or if you are a college or training provider and would like to arrange for a group of student volunteers, please contact volunteering@worldskillsuk.org