Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 25 November 2016 (Issue 476)

25 November 2016 • Issue 476




Plans published for new Welsh student finance system that provides for all

The Welsh Government has accepted independent proposals for students to receive the equivalent of the National Living Wage during term time while they study, it was announced on 22 November.


Education workforce survey – EWC registrants’ last chance to have their say

Deadline: Friday, 2 December 2016.

Time is running out for the education workforce to have their say about the things that affect their work such as professional development, performance management and workload.  The survey is available bilingually online at www.ewc.wales.

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NEW Animation explaining the changes to the Additional Learning Needs Transformation Programme

Find out more about how the Welsh Government is transforming the system for supporting children and young people with additional learning needs (ALN) in Wales. Alun Davies, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language outlined the new system in his Written Ministerial Statement and announced a £2.1m innovation fund for regional projects to support change#AdditionalLearningNeeds 


Carbon monoxide: information for teachers, parents and guardians

Carbon monoxide (CO) can kill. Prevention of CO poisoning is simple.  Read on to know how

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Test Ordering System - closes today!

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


National Reading and Numeracy Tests - Test administration handbook 2017

This publication sets out the arrangements for the administration of the 2017 national reading and numeracy tests. It provides important information regarding ordering test papers, administration of the tests and access and disapplication arrangements.  

£5m of new funding to give all schools in Wales access to superfast broadband

All schools in Wales are to have access to superfast broadband speeds through £5m of new funding - Education Secretary Kirsty Williams

New National Academy for Educational Leadership announced

On the 17 November, plans for a new National Academy of Educational Leadership have been revealed by the Education Secretary Kirsty Williams. Find out more.

Views sought on major changes to school governing bodies

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has launched a consultation on a range of new proposals to provide governing bodies with the flexibility to appoint governors with the necessary skills and to organise themselves in a way that meets their needs.

Estyn wants your views

Your last chance to 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.

DCF web page tops 42,000 views, take a look to find out what it's all about.

#curriculumforWales #digitalcompetence

Priority Qualifications List

Qualifications Wales has published a revised Priority Qualifications List (PQL), noting GCSEs and A levels for first teaching in September 2017, alongside a suite of qualifications in health and social care and childcare, for first teaching in September 2019. For more details, please click here.

Are you a Physics teacher in Wales? Want to go to CERN Feb 2017?

Send your Expression of Interest to Dysg@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Applications Open for placement at CERN

Open to all secondary school science teachers. Entries close on 31 December 2016. Application form

£37m funding approved for Ysgol Newydd Margam by Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams

Date for your diary! Supporting Service Children in Education Cymru: Short Film & Digital Stories Launch Event

Sponsored by Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education.

Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, Pierhead, Cardiff Bay 11.45am – 2pm

Findings on confidence in the #education system in Wales and parents involvement with their child’s learning

Post-16 UPdates

Wales brings home the most medals from UK’s largest skills event

45 young people from across Wales have brought home medals from the largest UK-wide skills competition, Worldskills UK.

Wales topped the leader board celebrating a clutch of 45 medals including 11 gold, 17 silver, 14 bronze and 3 highly commended at the final, which took place at the prestigious Skills Show in Birmingham from 17 to 19 November.

Minister announces new £1m EU funding for youth skills at UK’s largest Skills Event

Wales’ Skills and Science Minister, Julie James, is pleased to announce that a project to improve the skills and job prospects of young people is being extended into East Wales thanks to an additional £1million EU funding boost.

Europe: why it still matters to vocational education & training (VET) in Wales

Hear about the advantages of collaboration with Europe, and learn about the benefits to Wales as a result of European funding.

As the UK prepares to negotiate its departure from the EU, ColegauCymru / CollegesWales are taking the opportunity to platform the best practice partnerships that exists between colleges in Wales and their European peers. Closer to home there will be an opportunity to gain insight into the Scottish model of 'Recognition of Prior Learning'.


Online safety competitions for Safer Internet Day

Is the next big designer in your school? Ask learners to create a new online safety logo for Safer Internet Day 2017.

Keeping learners safe

  1. Module 1 (a general introduction to safeguarding)
  2. Module 2 (describes the role of the designated senior person (DSP)
  3. Module 3 (a case studies module)

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. The modules are made available by accessing the PLAYLIST. No Hwb login is required. 

Online dictionaries for Welsh-German and Welsh-Spanish

Online dictionaries for GCSE students.  The dictionaries contain a section on verbs as well as crosswords, wordsearches and hangman games. All the resources are available now on Hwb!


Governor Accounts available on Hwb+

Schools can now create accounts for their Governing Body to allow them to take advantage of some of the tools offered by Hwb. 

Hwb resources

Our featured Hwb resource this week is GCSE Biomechanics: Movement Analysis (KS4)

Hwb Make and Share Guide

A guide for teachers on making and sharing your own resources on Hwb

other news

Governors Wales E-Bulletin – November 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 …! http://eepurl.com/bz3m4T

Children’s Rights Symbols Pack

A resource designed to teach children and young people with additional learning needs about their human rights under the UNCRC has been launched by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and is available to download for free from www.childcomwales.org.uk.

#BullyingMakethechange - take part in the surveys

Teacher Training Weekend

13-15 January 2017, Gregynog Hall

Did you know that learning Latin can help with literacy and learning other languages?

Here’s a unique and exciting opportunity to learn how Classics and Latin can be incorporated into or added to your current teaching. It’s open to all teachers, of any subject, in primary and secondary schools across Wales.

Contact Catherine Rozier for further information on catherinerozier@swansea.ac.uk  

IPLC Canada- Modern Foreign Languages

Applications now open!

The Welsh Government’s Global Futures Plan, launched in June 2015, aimed to address the steady decline of the number of pupils in Wales studying Modern Foreign Languages at GCSE level. The 2017 IPLC visit to Canada, in conjunction with British Council Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Education, aims to explore innovations in MFL teaching and strategies for engaging pupils in Wales with MFL learning.

Contact iepwales@britishcouncil.org for more information.

Computing education

The Royal Society has commissioned Pye Tait to understand how computing (including ICT) is being delivered in UK primary and secondary schools/colleges, including barriers faced. We encourage responses from all teachers of this subject to inform future support. To complete the online survey, please visit Pye Tait’s website



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