Welsh Government Dysg eNewsletter: 7 October 2016 (Issue 472)


7 October 2016 • Issue 472




Changes to inspections from 2017


As autumn progresses the pace is quickening. The first pilot inspections are starting in November and a second stakeholder consultation will be launched at the end of October.

Estyn’s approach to curriculum reform (PDF)


We want your views to help us develop our new 30 hours of free childcare offer


We want to hear the views of parents to learn about your experiences of childcare and involve you in developing our offer. Please visit the webpage share your experiences with us, and to find out more about the proposed new childcare offer




Look out for #TalkChildcare on social media and join in our online conversation. 


Lead Creative Schools – Final round for applications open


Yesterday (6 October) saw the opening of the third round of applications for the Lead Creative Schools programme. Schools are already benefitting from the creative practice developed as part of this programme which is also integral to the development of the new curriculum. 


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. 

National School Categorisation

Revised guidance and FAQs for the publication of the 2016 outcomes (due to be published in January 2017).

Autumn Term HwbMeets

HwbMeets are informal gatherings for those curious about innovative ideas for digital teaching and learning. Speakers for our Autumn Term HwbMeets include IntoFilm Cymru, Johnstown Primary School, All Saints CIW Primary School and J2e. Book your place now:


Response to Estyn’s thematic review on local authority Welsh in education strategic plans

You can read Estyn's full report here.

School Performance Reporting – bulletin October 2016

Our second bulletin on school performance reporting has now been published. This edition sets out further detail on the changes being applied to performance measures over the next few years, and provides answers to some of the common queries we receive. 

CERN teacher placement 7 – 11 February 2017

Expressions of interest are invited to recruit teachers to visit CERN, for this once in a lifetime experience that will enrich you and your students. The funding covers teacher’s travel, subsistence and teacher cover whilst away from school. Steffan Tudor from Ysgol Glan Clwyd visited last year.

Please send your expression of interest to Manon Edwards or Colin Kaijaks

Wales for Africa – 10 Years – Schools Message - Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM (video)

Over the past 10 years the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme has supported people to be more actively involved in international development and has delivered this in a number of ways by working and collaborating with individuals, communities, the third and public sectors. As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations the First Minister of Wales would like to recognise the work of Wales Africa school links over the last 10 years.

Post-16 updates

Changes to the Destinations Survey for 2016 and updating the Common Area Prospectus (CAP) for 2016-17


Schools were recently informed of some important changes regarding the Careers Wales Destinations Survey for 2016/17 and encouraged schools for their continued support in delivering a high quality and comprehensive Common Area Prospectus (CAP) to young people making learning choices as part of the Youth Engagement and Progression Framework. 

Skills Cymru ‘Focus on science’ 12-13 October at Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff


An opportunity for young people to meet employees from local companies to learn how science qualifications opened doors to exciting careers. 


Get involved with hands on interactive challenges, including a Liquid Nitrogen show.

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

dates for the diary

Shwmae Sumae Day - 15 October 2016 – 1 week 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 activities on Twitter or on Facebook. Need some Shwmae Sumae inspiration, click here for some ideas from 2013-2015  #shwmaesumae


Free CPD Conference for GCSE Food Teachers by Hybu Cig Cymru and Meat & Education


Novotel Cardiff 19 November 2016 0900:1300

Sessions will be tailored to support the new Food & Nutrition GCSE and a representative of WJEC will be present.


Email for more information or to book a place



Hwb+ Improvements to password management


All teachers can now reset learner passwords. There have been improvements to password security for secondary school learners and new passwords are automatically created when a learner moves school.

New Hwb Resources

The latest resources on Hwb include:




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