Welsh Government pre-11 Dysg eNewsletter : 12 October 2016 (Issue 154)


12 October 2016• Issue 154


WELSH Education NEWS


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

The third and final round of applications for the Lead Creative Schools programme has now opened. 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).

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


You can read Estyn's full report here.

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.

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

ASE Cymru Wales Conference 2016

19 November at the National Museum, Cardiff

Inspirational lectures and workshops for Primary & Secondary teachers that aim to address the new science and technology curriculum. 
Book your FREE place and workshop choice today!

For further info, please contact cerianangharad@ase.org.uk or 07870 351212


Shwmae Sumae Day - less than one week to go.


An opportunity for your school to have fun and share ideas in Welsh on the 15 October.


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

Welsh Government and Show Racism the Red Card FREE workshop event (links below)

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:

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


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:


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. 




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