Welsh Government Dysg eNewsletter : 14 October 2016 (Issue 473)

14 October 2016 • Issue 473




New Curriculum for Wales blog is now live

Believing in teachers, benchmarking against the best

'...It is not good enough to limit our ambitions to simply looking across the border' - 

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM.


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Safer Internet Day 2017 - Online Safety logo competition – now open!

Safer Internet Day will be on 7 February 2017 and we have a new challenge for learners in Wales.  We are calling on learners to take part in our Safer Internet Day competition to create a new logo for online safety in Wales.

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Welsh Language Strategy Consultation

18 days left for your response!

The Welsh Government has a vision to create a million Welsh speakers by 2050. We acknowledge the scale of this challenge and the importance of everyone in the education system to reach the goal. The Welsh Government wants your views on its draft strategy and other suggestions you have on how we can increase the amount of Welsh speakers. #Cymraeg2050


Lead Creative Schools – Final round of applications open

The third and final round of applications for the Lead Creative Schools programme is open for applications. 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. 

Get ready for Tax-Free Childcare

From early 2017, Tax-Free Childcare, a new UK-wide government scheme to help working parents with childcare costs, will start to become available to parents.  Parents will be able to open online childcare accounts to pay their providers directly.

CSSIW registered childcare providers, including those delivering on school premises, or in partnership with schools, should have recently received an invitation letter, and can now sign up to the scheme online.

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. 

Cardigan HwbMeet – 2 November

Would you like to see the good practice of teachers at the forefront of using technology? Book your place now!

CERN teacher placement 7 – 11 February 2017

Expressions of interest are invited to recruit secondary school 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. Video of the first Welsh science teachers in CERN.

Please send your expression of interest to Dysg

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

Post-16 updates

Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2016

20 October 2016

The Apprenticeship Awards takes place next week at Venue Cymru, Llandudno and recognises the achievements of individuals, employers and providers across Wales. 

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.


Wales Journal of Education

Published annually, this journal is committed to publishing articles for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners who strive to achieve excellence in education in Wales.

Barefoot Computing Resources

A sample range of Barefoot Computing resources are now available to view on Hwb (sign-in). The range includes resources to support the digital competence framework and includes materials for Foundation Phase and SEN pupils.


Hwb+ Upgrade

There have been a few changes to the look and feel of Hwb+ sites. The ‘Site Actions’ menu is now a ‘Settings’ menu and has moved from the top left to the top right of the screen. View all content is now ‘Site contents’ and lists and libraries are now ‘Apps’.  Help guides for Hwb+ have been updated and can be found in the new help and support area.

dates for your Diary

Welsh Government and Show Racism the Red Card FREE workshop event

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, contact cerianangharad@ase.org.uk (07870 351212)

Register now! Supporting Service Children in Education Cymru: Short Film & Digital Stories Launch Event

29 November, Pierhead, Cardiff Bay 11.45am – 2pm 

Sponsored by Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education

other education news

Digital Competence IPLC Visit to Hong Kong 2017

The Digital Competence Framework is the first element of the new Curriculum for Wales to be made available. With this in mind, the overarching purpose of the 2017 IPLC to Hong Kong is to inspire new approaches to improving digital competence across curriculum areas that will translate into concrete action in Welsh schools.

Please email for more information and an application form

Governors Wales e-Bulletin–September 2016

We hope you will find the latest e-bulletin an interesting and informative read. If you have any comments about the contents, or ideas for future use, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would welcome your views. There are approximately 21,500 governors in Wales, it would be great to think that all governors in Wales have joined our mailing list, so why not spread the word to your colleagues.

The Hay Levels Films

These inspiring 3 minute films are arranged into three groups – Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. Made for A-level students and everyone can watch and share them!

Oxfam - Global Citizenship and CPD

Oxfam has launched new global citizenship projects and CPD opportunities – you can access the details in the Hwb news section.

Financial Capability Project – Talk, Learn, Do: Parents, Kids and Money

Schools delivering parenting programmes have the opportunity to join in on a world leading, Wales based pilot, for the autumn and spring terms only. For those who deliver Incredible Years, FLNP or FAST, and want to help parents with the skills and confidence to teach their children about money.

World Food Day - 16 October 2016

Next week’s World Food Day 2016 theme is climate change, exploring its impact on farming and our ability to feed the world.  



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