Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 6 January 2017 (Issue 159)

6 January 2017 • Issue 159




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


New summer holidays lunch and fun clubs to get £500,000 of Welsh Government support – Kirsty Williams

New Welsh Government investment will help provide quality meals and activities during the school summer holidays aimed at helping pupils from some of Wales’ most deprived communities, the Education Secretary announced this week.

Fall in absenteeism from primary schools over the last decade – Kirsty Williams

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has welcomed new figures that show absenteeism from primary schools in Wales has fallen over the last decade 

Effective management of school workforce attendance in primary schools

This is a response to Estyn’s report which explores the impact of Welsh Government guidance on managing staff absence in primary schools.

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.

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.  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

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.

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.

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.

resources and competitions

New STEM teaching and learning resources for Key Stage 2

The North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB), with partner organisations, has commissioned the development of new and free KS2 classroom resources accompanied by a short film, to add value to national curriculum materials. Click here for further information.

Exploring Why

A series of online books and activities to support religious education. (Foundation Phase)

Barefoot Computing Resources

Computing resources support primary teachers to teach computational thinking with confidence. You will need to log in to Hwb to view and use this collection. (KS2)

Chinese New Year 2017 – Resource Pack 

Information and activities to help teachers and pupils learn more about this festival and to explore Chinese culture and language.

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.  

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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