Welsh Government pre-11 Dysg eNewsletter : 3 October 2016 (Issue 153)

3 October 2016 • Issue 153



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Welsh teacher training revamp underway to raise school standards

The way teachers are trained in Wales will see an increased role for schools and more input from universities to raise standards, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced today recently.


Professional Learning Passport (PLP)

The enhanced Passport is now available for all registered practitioners. The Passport is an e-portfolio hosted on the EWC website that supports practitioners in recording and reflecting upon their professional learning through their careers.  The Passport is owned by the practitioner and it will be for individuals to determine with whom and how they share their Passport.


Consultation: Initial Teacher Education accreditation

We want your views on draft criteria for the accreditation of initial teacher education programmes in Wales and the proposals for enhancing the functions and role of the Education Workforce Council.


Read the Cabinet Secretary for Education's Oral Statement - The Initial Teacher Education Change Programme: Progress and Update

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Supply teachers & Supply Support Staff – Safeguarding & employment checks

Are you ensuring the correct safeguarding and qualification checks have been made in relation to the employment of all supply teachers and supply support staff?


Moderation of teacher assessment at Key Stages 2 and 3: a review of accuracy and consistency

Response to Estyn’s thematic review on moderation of teacher assessment at Key Stages 2 and 3: a review of accuracy and consistency. 

Does your school provide paid-for childcare, such as breakfast or afterschool clubs?

If so, parents could use Tax-Free Childcare to pay for these childcare activities. Sign up online when you receive your invitation letter from the UK Government this autumn to ensure you can receive payments via Tax-Free Childcare.

Digital Leader Support for Schools

Digital Leads are now available in your Regional Educational Consortia to support you with the adoption and use of the digital tools and resources available through Hwb and Hwb+.

Progress for Success ESF programme

Progress for Success is a work-based training programme which will fund practitioners aged 25 or above, working in the childcare, early years (including Foundation Phase)  and play sector in Wales to achieve nationally recognised qualifications at levels 2 and 3.

Children’s Commissioner for Wales Super Ambassadors

All primary schools can get involved with the Commissioner’s work to promote the rights of children in Wales with the free Super Ambassador scheme.  Pupils have fun opportunities to learn about children’s rights and tell the Commissioner their views.

HwbMeet Cardigan

Teach in Cardigan? Find out how Hwb can support your teaching by attending our HwbMeet on 2 November.

Date for your diary! Welsh Government and Show Racism the Red Card FREE workshop event (links below)

Pupil Deprivation Grant

Incorrect literature relating to a conference in Cardiff states that Pupil Deprivation Grant funding will end in March 2017. The Cabinet Secretary for Education agreed a set of priorities including ensuring every child gets the best start in life through an expanded PDG.  EYPDG will be doubled from £300 per eligible learner. Details will be provided in due course.  

resources and competitions

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.

Safer Internet Day 2017

Our Safer Internet Day 2017 page is now up on Hwb! Check it out for information about the date, next year's slogan and how you can get involved. We will shortly be launching our Safer Internet Day competition too so watch this space. 

New Hwb Resources

The latest resources on Hwb include:

National Science Academy funded project 2016-2018

Focus on transition between primary and secondary science

Techniquest Glyndŵr has been awarded funding from the Welsh Government to deliver a programme of sessions to better prepare primary pupils for life in secondary school, focussing especially on the transition between KS2 and KS3 science.

  • Date: 14 November 2016
  • Time: 14:30 - 17:00
  • Venue: Techniquest Glyndŵr

Macbeth, Romeo a Juliet ac Othello

These classics here have been translated into Welsh for a new audience. The stories are rich in contents and have been adapted especially for young readers. The resource brings the highlight of the classics and their characters to life for the younger generation.

latest statistics and reports

Leadership and Primary school improvement

This is the Welsh Government’s response to Estyn’s report on leadership and primary school improvement.

National reading and numeracy test results

An annual report which includes data on age standardised scores and progress measures by gender and local authority.

Local authority Welsh in Education Strategic Plans

Find out what impact Welsh in Education Strategic Plans have had on planning Welsh-medium education, raising standards and co-operation with regional consortia.

Funding to visit your partner school in Germany this autumn to work together on an oceans and rivers project!

The German Ministry for Education and Research, together with its UK partners are offering travel grants to UK schools to visit their German partner school to form research teams to work on a project which targets the damaging effects of the tons of plastic dumped in our rivers and oceans each year. 

other news

Shwmae Sumae Day - 15 October 2016  – 2 weeks to go!

An opportunity for your school to have fun and share ideas in Welsh.

So, how can your school take part? You can share your school’s Shwmae Sumae day activites on Twitter or on Facebook. Need some Shwmae Sumae inspiration, click for some ideas from 2013-2015  #shwmaesumae



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