Welsh Government Dysg eNewsletter: 25 August 2016 (Special Edition)

25 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!


Overview of GCSE results

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

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

Pupils stressed as they await their GCSE and other exam results can find emotional support by calling Meic

HWB Meet

HwbMeet Events – Autumn Term

Learn about innovative digital learning ideas and resources that you can implement in the classroom this academic year by attending one of our HwbMeets.

Find out where we’ll be and book your place here.

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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

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

Hwb update

A number of exciting new developments are coming to Hwb at the beginning of the new school year. Full details will be released on Hwb next week, but look out for:

  • Additional Playlist question types
  • Tailored feedback in Assignments
  • New Classrooms feature, enabling the inclusion of learners in networks.

To keep up to date with the latest features on Hwb follow us via @HwbNews.

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

National EOTAS Conferences

This year the Welsh Government will be hosting its first ever national conference on education other than at school (EOTAS).  There will be two conferences, one in South Wales and another in North Wales. Register your attendance on the links below.