Welsh Government pre-11 Dysg eNewsletter : 9 November 2016 (Issue 156)

9 November• Issue 156




New national survey to get the views of teachers and support staff in Wales launched

A new national survey aimed at getting the views of teachers and support staff across Wales launches, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced.


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


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, was recently announced.


New Curriculum for Wales blog

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

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.

Welsh Education news

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?  

Order more of our parent and carers guides via DYSG!

Please upload and share links to the electronic versions of the guides on your school website ready for next term, however, if you're keen to issue more to parents of learners at your setting, please email DYSG (dysg@wales.gsi.gov.uk)

resources and competitions

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 

Keeping learners safe - module 1

Keeping learners safe was published in 2015 and it was identified through engagement with stakeholders that there was a need for consistent safeguarding learning tools to help embed the guidance. The modules are for all staff within an educational setting and the first is a general introduction to safeguarding, the link to which is below. The modules are made available by accessing the PLAYLIST. No Hwb login is required. Module 1 

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.


Hwb resources

Our featured Hwb resources this week are:

Hwb Classes Guide

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

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

Free STEM engagement talks and workshops for teachers

Inspirational lectures and workshops for Primary & Secondary teachers that aim to address the new science and technology curriculum will be held at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, on Saturday 19th November 2016, 10:00am – 2:30pm.

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.

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.



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