Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 2 December 2016 (Issue 157)

2 December 2016 • Issue 157




National Education Conference: Embedding Education Reform in Wales – a National Mission

Footage from #NEC2016 is now available to view!  

For those head teachers who weren't able to attend, footage of the event including keynote speeches by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Professor Mick Waters and Professor John Furlong is now available via YouTube as a playlistPresentations are also available to download


Education workforce survey – Today is the last chance for EWC registrants’ to have their say!


NEW Animation: 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. 



Carbon monoxide: information for teachers, parents and guardians 

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

NRNT2 130130

National Reading and Numeracy Tests - Test administration handbook 2017

It provides important information regarding ordering test papers, administration of the tests and access and disapplication arrangements.  

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


Survey on the Foundation Phase Profile

Deadline for responses: 13 January 2017

The Welsh Government is very keen to get as many views as possible on the Foundation Phase Profile, which was introduced in September 2015 as the statutory baseline assessment tool at the start of Reception Year.  Your responses will inform our future approach and whether we need to make any revisions.


11 actions to support professional learning and leadership development within the workforce of the #FoundationPhase

£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 were revealed by the Education Secretary Kirsty Williams. Find out more.

Statutory induction for NQTs in Wales – new guidance

Revised guidance outlines the induction process, statutory requirements, support available, and signposts to further information.

Tidy! Primary School Arts Project & Performance for Primary schools

The Tidy! project is an opportunity for children and teachers  at foundation phase and KS2 from the Central South Joint Education Consortium area to work on a series of environmental workshops alongside professional practitioners from arts companies, including Arts Active, Welsh National Opera, Music Theatre Wales and Literature Wales.

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.

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

#curriculumforWales #digitalcompetence

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

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

Supporting Service Children in Education Cymru (SSCE) Project: Short Films & Digital Stories

New digital resources are now available to help raise awareness of the experiences of children of armed service personnel.  The stories, told by the children themselves, parents and teacher tell of their experiences in Welsh schools and give insight into what life is like for them. 

resources and competitions

Annual Report to Schools

The report includes web links to all documents produced for schools and their governing bodies over the past academic year of 2015 to 2016. 

Enter Now! Design the new online Safety Logo for Safer Internet Day 2017

Don’t miss out!  Enter the Safer Internet Day 2017 competition now!  Closing date for entries is 12 December 2016.

Raspberry Pi competition 2016-2017 - apply now!

Deadline for submissions is 15 March 2017

The new PA Raspberry Pi competition challenges teams of children and young people to invent under the theme of ‘Innovation for All’.  The first 100 teams to enter will receive a free Raspberry Pi computer starter pack to help with their innovation projects. The challenge culminates in a day of science and engineering discovery and an ‘Oscar’ style awards ceremony and is open to academic years 4-13.  Applications in either English or Welsh are welcomed and resources regarding the competition are available in both languages.  Contact RaspberryPi for more information.

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. 


Porthmadog HwbMeet – 19 January 2017

HwbMeets are informal gatherings for those curious about innovative ideas for digital teaching and learning. Bookings for other Winter Term dates will be available soon.

Hwb resources

Our featured Hwb resources this week are:

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 Make and Share Guide

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

other education news

Governors Wales E-Bulletin – November 2016

Give a global dimension to learning about children’s rights

Global Learning Programme – Wales has put together a list of ideas and resources to give a global dimension to 10 popular children’s rights.

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.

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

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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