Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 16 December 2016 (Issue 158)

16 December 2016 • Issue 158




Ambitious new ALN Bill introduced

On Monday 12 December the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language issued a Written Ministerial Statement announcing the introduction of an ambitious law to create a bold new approach to supporting learners with additional learning needs (ALN). If passed, the Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal (Wales) Bill will completely overhaul the system for supporting pupils with ALN, affecting nearly every classroom in Wales.


Dates for your diary: Additional Learning Needs regional events

More details in the New Year.

  • Carmarthen - 28 February 2017
  • Newport - 2 March 2017
  • Llandudno - 7 March 2017
  • Cardiff - 9 March 2017


Attainment gap for those on free school meals closes again

The attainment gap between pupils in Wales receiving free school meals and their peers is continuing to close according to the latest official figures released recently.

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

Developing the new Curriculum for Wales: Case Study

Bryn Elian School helped to develop the Digital Competence Framework - Teacher Allen Heard shares his experiences of working with the DCF so far.

New Blog - Evaluation of the Pioneer School Model

‘Successful Futures’ recommended that independent evaluation of the approach to developing the new curriculum for Wales should be conducted. This has now begun, and is initially focusing on the change structure.

Statutory induction for NQTs in Wales – new guidance

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

Footage from #NEC2016 is now available to view!

Presentations are also available to download via Learning Wales.

Harmonising school term dates for 2018 to 2019 - We want your views on proposed term dates for 2018/19 and a draft ministerial direction.

Pupil participation: a best practice guide (Estyn)

The Financial Inclusion Delivery Plan

Published by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children on 14 December, the Financial Inclusion Delivery Plan sets out how the Welsh Government will work with partner organisations – both in Wales and at a UK level – to move to a more financially included society in Wales.  Read more. The Financial Inclusion Strategy. 

Live Fear Free - Advice on Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Violence against Women

Review of existing healthy relationship and violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence related teaching resources

This toolkit, information and guidance provides primary, secondary and further education providers with a range of best practice materials to utilise within their education settings.


Now available: Information governance guidance for schools

Key features covered include security controls available within HwbCloud (HwbMail, HwbSites and HwbDrive).

Porthmadog HwbMeet – 19 January 2017

Book your place now! 

Bett Show 2017

Planning a trip to Bett 2017? Don’t forget to register for your free ticket and make sure you visit the Welsh Government stand (H310) to see what centrally funded technologies and support we are offering to maintained schools in Wales.

other news

Winner of First Minister’s Christmas card competition announced

Nine-year-old Travis Carter of Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbrân has beaten off competition from hundreds of school children to design the First Minister’s Christmas card.

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. Applications in either English or Welsh are welcomed and resources are available in both languages.  

Song Lyric and Poetry Competition – open now!

Cardiff University is running a Song Lyric and Poetry Competition for care-experienced young people with a theme of “Messages to Schools”. Click the link for more details.



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