Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 2 December 2016 (Issue 477)

2 December 2016 • Issue 477




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 playlist; Presentations are also available to download


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


Developing the new Curriculum for Wales: Case Study

Ysgol Bro Morgannwg helped to develop the Digital Competence Framework - Teacher Dilwyn Owen explains how the new Framework  is being used in the school.

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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.


Carbon monoxide: information for teachers, parents and guardians 

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

Statutory induction for NQTs in Wales – new guidance

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

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

Check out the CERN Teacher Placement video and send your Expression of Interest to Dysg@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Applications Open for 2 week summer placement at CERN

This is the first time CERN are holding a 2 week residential from 6-19 August 2017,  open to all secondary school science teachers. Entries close on 31 December 2016. Application form

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 teachers tell of their experiences in Welsh schools and give insight into what life is like for them. 

Post-16 updates

Developing consistent performance measures for the post-16 sector

Current arrangements for measuring performance in sixth forms and further education mean that we cannot compare outcomes in a meaningful way across learning settings, and that learners/parents don’t have information to inform their choices. Further information on the work that is being done to develop consistent performance measures for the post-16 sector.

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. 

Ciwb:  Welsh - fun, festivals and work

This is the fourteenth issue in the Ciwb series aimed at pupils in year 9. The theme of this issue is about describing. This time you can read about "Red, pink and blue Animals ", Cat Island ", "Downhill mountain biking" and much more. Read and enjoy! 

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. Contact RaspberryPi for more information.

Gweiddi Issue 39: There's no place like home

A new issue of Gweiddi is now live! The theme for this edition is “There's no place like home”. Welsh Key Stage 3 learners can read about Different types of homes, the Navaho and much more.


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:

Statistics and reporting

Further education, work-based learning and community learning

Information on enrolled learners and their activities by age, gender, mode of study, type of programme and level of study. 

Student support for higher education

An annual report produced by the Student Loans Company showing information by type of support. 

Pupil teacher ratios by type of primary school, 2016  

other news

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.

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 (catherine.rozier@swansea.ac.uk). 



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