Welsh Government Dysg eNewsletter : 7 November 2016 (Issue 475)

7 November 2016 • Issue 475




Estyn wants your views

Help shape the future of inspection in Wales

Estyn has launched a consultation on proposals for how they inspect education and training in Wales. The proposals will take effect from September 2017.

If you’re involved in education in Wales, Estyn would like to hear from you - whether you’re an education professional, a governor, a parent or a learner.

anti bullying 130 x 130 post 11 Dysg

Anti Bullying week 2016 14 -18 November

The message this year is ‘Bullying is everyone’s business’ to empower children and young people to identify and address bullying, whether it is happening to them or someone else or if bullying occurs face to face or online, further information on how you can help stop bullying can be found here.

The Welsh Government has also published guidance for parents whose children are being bullied and for children who are being bullied.


New Curriculum for Wales blog

1 November

View from the front line: Teachers talk about the Digital Competence Framework – its development and application (Video)


21 October

Feedback required, please!

Andrew Rothwell, 21st Century Learning strategic lead for the Education Achievement Service (EAS).


New National Network of Excellence for Mathematics to be created

A new national network of excellence for mathematics is to be set up to boost standards in Welsh schools, it was recently announced (Thursday 3 November).


Curriculum for Wales – spreading the message

Helpful messages for schools to share with parents and carers

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.

Share the new ‘Education Begins at Home’ TV advert

This autumn you will see the latest TV advert encouraging parents/carers to support their children by the little things they do at home, by reading with them, making sure they have breakfast, taking an interest in their school life and giving them the confidence to do well.  Download the advert and share on your schools website.

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?  

CERN teacher placement 7 – 11 February 2017

Expressions of interest are invited to recruit secondary school physics 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.

post 16 updates

Five year plan to examine vocational qualifications in Wales

A five year plan to examine the quality and suitability of vocational qualifications in Wales has been announced

Vocational qualifications make up around 90 per cent of all regulated qualifications available in Wales and account for around 60 per cent of all qualifications awarded to learners.  The strategy, which is in the final stages of preparation, will set out Qualifications Wales’ approach to tackling the task.


Safer Internet Day 2017 - Competition now open

We are calling on learners to take part in our Safer Internet Day competition to create a new logo for online safety in Wales.

Click here for further information.

Religious Education e-magazine (Welsh medium web page)

Here is the first edition of a Welsh-medium online magazine for students and teachers of Religious Studies at Key Stage 3. The magazine contains a number of contemporary articles and tasks/activities to promote the religious education skills, literacy and numeracy of learners. The magazine will be available termly and will be free of charge on Hwb.


Hwb Classes Guide

Use our quick guide to creating and using our new Hwb Classes feature.

Hwb resources

Our featured Hwb resource this week is the British Legion Learning Pack (Foundation Phase, KS2-4).

Bett Show 2017

Welsh Government will be hosting a stand at Bett 2017 to showcase the free tools available to schools through the Learning in Digital Wales Programme. If you’re planning on attending Bett, make sure you register for your free ticket and visit us at stand H310.

Cwmbran HwbMeet – 30 November

Come for a cuppa and a chat about the education technology that’s available to you for free. Book now!

other news

Managing information security in a digital era

Understanding that information security underpins the born-digital approach, Welsh Government, the National Training Federation for Wales and Jisc have committed to a change programme driving ISO 27001:2013 conformance – the international information security management standard – across the work-based learning sector in Wales, by July 2017.

Contact Alyson Nicholson for further information.

News from Global Learning Programme-Wales

GLP-W supports teachers to develop their learners as ethical and informed citizens of Wales and the world. Our Autumn newsletter includes new case studies exemplifying the linking of local and global themes, and challenging misconceptions about the refugee crisis.



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