Welsh Government Dysg eNewsletter: 9 September 2016 (Issue 468)

9 September 2016 • Issue 468




Maths resources for parents

Following feedback from parents and carers, one recurring theme seems to be a fear of maths and supporting their child at home.  So, we’ve engaged with numeracy experts in Wales to produce a selection of maths resources aimed at 3 to 16 year olds to encourage parents and carers to engage with their children and support them with their maths homework.


Family learning programmes – A new resource in the FaCE the challenge together: Family and community engagement toolkit for schools in Wales

A new resource has been added to Theme 4 in the FaCE toolkit. Family learning programmes (FLPs) can be a strong tool to encourage and support family engagement in a child’s learning. Use the resource to reflect on your practice. 


Hwb Update

There have been lots of developments to Hwb over the summer period. For a full list of updates, read the Hwb news page article.

Curriculum for wales

The Digital Competence Framework is now available to Schools and Settings in Wales

Developed by Pioneer Schools, this is the first element of the new Curriculum for Wales to be delivered.  The Framework and supporting materials are available on Learning Wales,

Curriculum for Wales animation

This animation brings curriculum developments to life in a very accessible way. Take a look and share with colleagues.

more welsh government news

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National EOTAS Conferences - Book your place now

This year the Welsh Government will be hosting its first ever national conferences on education other than at school (EOTAS).  Register now.

National School Categorisation 2016 outcomes

Click this heading for a short update for secondary and special schools

Date for your diary! HwbMeet Ruthin, Denbighshire – 29 September 2016

Our first HwbMeet of the new school year is fast approaching. Why not come along and learn about how Hwb can support you with adopting the new digital competency framework and much more! Find out more and book your place on our HwbMeets page.

Consultation: Registration fees for the education workforce in Wales (2017)

There’s still time to respond

Proposals for the registration fee models for the Education Workforce Council (EWC) from 1 April 2017.

Repeal of home school agreements

Maintained schools are not required to produce a Home School Agreement (HSA). Find out more.

Reducing Bureaucracy in Schools and Colleges

Submissions by 21 October

We welcome your comments, amendments and additions on the Bureaucracy Project. Find out more by clicking the links above.

post-16 updates

Skills Cymru - be inspired and get interactive

Wales’ largest interactive careers and skills event is coming to Llandudno and Cardiff in October.

  • Venue Cymru, Llandudno: 5/6 October
  • Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff: 12/13 October


These highly interactive events welcome over 100 organisations who inspire up to 10,000 visitors, providing them with the vast range of career opportunities available as well as the routes to get there.

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. 

For more information, contact 029 2049 5861

The Skills Show 2016

17-19 November 2016 - Birmingham NEC

The Skills Show, is the UK’s largest skills and career event. Competitors from Wales will be fighting for gold in a range of skills, from hairdressing to aeronautical engineering, web design to plastering. A visit to The Skills Show offers the opportunity to support #TeamWales and watch these talented individuals in action, as well as visiting the Wales stand and trying your hand at a range of interactive sessions.

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

UK Commission for Employment and Skills - Employer Skills Survey

What skills gaps exist in Wales?  The Employer Skills Survey 2015 is the key source of information on employer demand for and investment in skills in Wales and the UK.  The Wales report breaks findings down to region, sector, size and occupation within Wales and also draws out changes from the previous surveys in 2011 and 2013

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.


Enriching the modern curriculum - Case Study (Estyn)

Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni is one of the ‘pioneer schools’ developing and piloting a new curriculum for Wales. It draws on Welsh roots and global links to provide rich, engaging learning experiences for pupils. 


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.

Keeping Learners Safe - Module 1

This is the first module in a series of three aimed at helping schools understand safeguarding and your responsibilities. It will provide you with guidance on creating and maintaining a safe environment for learners.

Sign up now! Regional 360 degree safe Cymru Workshops

In partnership with Welsh Government, SWGfL are holding four regional events for educational practitioners and local authorities on updates to the 360 safe Cymru tool.

Branwen Ferch Llyr

A new resource ‘Branwen Ferch Llyr’ has been uploaded to Hwb to support Unit 5 of the 'Prose of the Middle Ages' WJEC Welsh First Language A Level Specifications.

Schools Education Program – Forces Fitness

Forces Fitness are conducting team fitness challenges for all secondary schools in Wales for FREE. These sessions provides participants with healthy tips on fitness and nutrition whilst working together in teams to overcome challenges both mental and physical.

Safeguarding learners online

Technology enables so many new ways of learning, but with it comes a responsibility for institutions to make sure their learners are safe and responsible online. Prevent  – part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy – increases this level of responsibility. Jisc can help further education providers understand their role in Prevent, improve practices, create policies and deliver training.


Response to Estyn's Thematic Report - Best practice in the creative arts at key stages 3 and 4

Estyn's full report

Response to the Estyn thematic review on raising the attainment, achievement and aspiration of children who are looked after

Estyn's full report

Response to Estyn's report on Modern foreign languages

Estyn’s full report.



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