Welsh Government Dysg eNewsletter : 20 October 2016 (Issue 474)

20 October 2016 • Issue 474





Commemorate the Aberfan disaster with a minute’s silence at 9.15am tomorrow, 21 October 2016.


New Curriculum for Wales blog

The Case for Boldness in Curriculum Reform

Professor Graham Donaldson.


Curriculum for Wales – spreading the message

Helpful messages for schools to share with parents

This document briefly explains why the curriculum will change, and gives a timeline.

Please feel free to use its messages in your newsletters, letters to parents, Annual Reports, Parents’ evenings or on your websites.

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National Reading and Numeracy Tests Ordering System

Schools will be able to order test papers when the order system goes live on 31 October 2016 to 25 November 2016. Schools should be aware that this is a shorter ordering period than in previous years.


Find out when the tests will be taking place in 2017 and other important dates.


Draft Welsh Language Strategy Consultation

During this year’s National Eisteddfod, the First Minister and the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language published a consultation on their vision for reaching a million Welsh speakers by the year 2050. As part of the consultation, the Welsh Government truly wish to hear the opinions of pupils in schools all across Wales on our proposals. You can use the resources on our #Cymraeg2050 - Young People website to help your pupils be a part of shaping the future of the Welsh language.

A full version of the consultation document can be found on our Welsh Language Strategy consultation webpage.

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 CERNPlease send your expression of interest to Dysg.

post-16 updates

Minister launches South East Wales Employment and Skills Plan 2016

The Minister for Skills and Science Julie James AM congratulated the Learning, Skills and Innovation Partnership (LSkIP), the Regional Skills Partnership (RSP) for South East Wales, on the development of their Regional Skills and Employment Plan 2016.

Minister visits the first provider to deliver the new Higher Apprenticeship in Life Science and Related Science Industries in Wales

RESOURCES and competitions

Aberfan Disaster Resources – KS3

These resources use original items from The National Library of Wales collections to present the history of the Aberfan Disaster.

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.

Dau Wyneb (Two Faces) – KS4

(log in to see this Welsh language only resource)

Learning Pack based on Manon Steffan Ros’ Dau Wyneb (Two Faces) for GCSE Drama.


HwbMeet events: Autumn Term 2016

Have you booked a place at your HwbMeet yet? Don’t miss out!

External Sharing – Office 365

Hwb users are now able share files in Office 365 with users outside of Hwb. Please note users are only able to share individual files. Folders can only be shared with users with a Hwb account.

other news

Children’s Commissioner for Wales Information and Advice Service

A free and confidential advice and support service for children and young people, or those who care for them, if they feel a child is being treated.

Children’s Commissioner for Wales Student Ambassadors

All secondary schools can get involved with the Commissioner’s work to promote the rights of young people in Wales with the free Student Ambassador scheme.  Pupils have engaging opportunities to learn about their rights and inform the Commissioner about their views



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