Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 6 January 2017 (Issue 480)

6 January 2017 • Issue 480


Welsh Education news


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 a new law to support learners with additional learning needs (ALN).


Dates for your diary: Additional Learning Needs regional events

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


Secure mail - Hwb Message Encryption

Hwb Message Encryption (HME) is one of the three enhanced controls, outlined in our information security guidance document, which can be used to provide an added layer of security to e-mail. HME only applies to e-mails which are sent from a Hwbmail account to an external e-mail account. For more information you will need to log in to Hwb view the HwbMail Security Guidance.

Report shows progress in promoting modern foreign languages in Welsh schools

The number of pupils learning Mandarin has more than doubled according to a new report on a drive to increase the use of modern foreign languages in Welsh schools.

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. 

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

Priorities for the further education sector and school sixth forms 2017/18

The priorities are set out in the context of the Skills Agenda of i.e.  jobs and growth, financial sustainability, equality and equity and International skills benchmarking. Consolidating the identified themes will provide a framework to develop future strategies and operational plans.

Footage from #NEC2016 is now available to view!

Presentations are also available to download via Learning Wales.

Pupil participation: a best practice guide (Estyn)

This report explores the features of schools which give pupils a strong voice and includes case studies to help all schools improve their pupil participation.

Adult community learning in Wales (Estyn)

Relevant to those working in adult community learning, this report provides an overview of standards, provision and leadership in the sector in Wales.  

Porthmadog HwbMeet – 19 January 2017

Book your place now! 

Would you like to help shape qualifications and the qualifications system in Wales?

We are now recruiting two members to the Qualifications Wales Board. Closing date for applications is 20 January 2017.

Would you like to help shape qualifications and the qualifications system in Wales?

We are now recruiting two members to the Qualifications Wales Board. Closing date for applications is 20 January 2017.

Resources and Competitions

Queens of Syria

This resource will help teachers and pupils explore the human impact of the conflict in Syria and the realities of life as a refugee (KS3-4).

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

other news

Recruitment is open for all secondary and middle schools to join the School Health Research Network

The School Health Research Network is the largest national network of its kind in the World. It brings together: secondary schools, researchers, policy makers and practitioners from health, education and social care to improve young people’s health and wellbeing in Wales.  To find out more or to express an interest in joining, click here.

Complimentary KS4 FFT Roadshow helps secondary teachers understand available range of progress and attainment measures

Education data expert FFT Education are running a series of complimentary two-hour sessions across Wales to bring school leadership teams and governing bodies up to speed with the latest Fischer Family Trust Key Stage 4 data found in FFT Aspire.

Book your free STEM visit at CAT

The Centre for Alternative Technology has grants available to schools & colleges in North Wales covering free tuition and entry costs for STEM visits. The offer is open to pupils age 11-18.

Please contact Gabrielle Ashton on 01654 705984 to book your FREE STEM visit at CAT.



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