Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 13 January 2017 (Issue 481)

13 January 2017 • Issue 481


Welsh Education news


New Blog – from Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education

‘We hit the year running in education reform; bold reform that will place Wales amongst the top performers when it comes to giving our children the best education for a changing world. Alongside you, I want to propel this forward this year.’


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

We are now recruiting two members to our Board. For further details and how to apply click here

Closing date for applications is 20 January 2017.

Consultation 9090

Consultation on draft statutory regulations for the collection of information on the school workforce in Wales

We are keen to hear your views


Lead Creative Schools – Final round closes 27 January

The Lead Creative Schools Programme supports schools in developing creative approaches to teaching and learning across the curriculum.

See case studies of Lead Creative Schools’ projects in action

Learning Wales survey

This short questionnaire about pupil support will test how well the site is organised. Your input will help us make our documents easier to find.

Educational Psychologists in Wales

Information on the role of educational psychologists and their contribution to education in Wales. This guidance is aimed at education professionals and parents/carers.

More CERN opportunities for physics teachers in 2017

  1. Visit the European Centre for Nuclear Research CERN during the open UK Teacher week 14-18 February 2017. Travel and accommodation maybe supported by an ENTHUSE award. Send your Expression of Interest to Dysg@wales.gsi.gov.uk 
  2. Visit CERN for an extended period during the International Teacher Weeks (ITW) Programme 2017 that will take place at CERN 6-19 August 2017. Deadline for application 22 January 2017.

More able and talented learners - Guidance for the further education sector in Wales

This guidance is the result of two reviews which looked at how Wales’ brightest young people are supported to achieve their full potential.

Foundation Phase Action Plan

Many of the fundamental approaches used in the delivery of the Foundation Phase, particularly learning through experience, will extend across the breadth of the new curriculum. It is important therefore that we continue to improve the way we deliver the Foundation Phase so that we can build the implementation of the new curriculum on a solid basis of good practice.

dates for your diary

ALN Regional Events - Book your place

At the event you will find out more about the ALN transformation programme, gain valuable knowledge on the recently introduced Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill, share your views on the options for implementing the legislative changes and network with a wide range of professionals involved in supporting children and young people with ALN.

  • Carmarthen - 28 February 2017
  • Newport - 02 March 2017
  • Llandudno - 07 March 2017
  • Cardiff - 09 March 2017

National Digital Learning Awards 2017 

Each week we will be showcasing the award winning entries from last year on Hwb until entries open for 2017 in February. The first exemplar is now available - 2016 e-safety award winner and highly commended entry.

'Hidden' CSE workshops with Barnardo's Cymru 2017 - Sign up now!

Barnardo's Cymru is running a second series of free, regional training events on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) with the Welsh Government on the online 'Hidden' education resource. Register now for a training event near you

BETT Show 2017

The Hwb team have a stand at the 2017 BETT show in ExCel London to promote the Learning in Digital Wales programme. Come and visit the stand H310 to find out more about the centrally funded technologies we are offering to maintained schools in Wales.

#WelshLanguageMusicDay - Celebrating Welsh language Music 2017

#WelshLanguageMusicDay is happening for a second time on 10 February. Find out more about how your school can get involved by clicking on the link above.

Pathways to Success: Commercialisation Conference - 17 February 2017

Deeside 6, Coleg Cambria


  • FE representatives involved in business development and innovation.
  • Stakeholders interested in commercialisation change and business sustainability.

Safer Internet Day 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017 – Keeping learners safe online event

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 - Y Senedd, Cardiff

In support of Safer Internet Day 2017, this lunchtime event marks the official launch of the Online Safety Zone on Hwb, the national digital learning platform for Wales. 

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education
  • Dr. Sally Holland, The Children’s Commissioner for Wales
  • Kellie Williams, Digital Leader – North Wales School Effectiveness and Improvement Service

Safer Internet Day 2017 - Education Packs

UK Safer Internet Centre has created education packs to support schools run activities and get involved in Safer Internet Day 2017.

Resources and Competitions

Maths resources for parents

Following feedback from parents/ carers, one recurring theme seems to be a fear of maths and supporting their child at home.  So, Welsh Government have engaged with numeracy experts in Wales to produce a selection of maths resources aimed at 3 to 16 year olds to encourage parents/carers to engage with their children and support them with their maths homework.

Urdd Science Project Competition

Closing date 1 March 2017

Why not encourage individuals or groups within your school to compete in Eisteddfod yr Urdd’s Science Project competition? The prize is a gift voucher to be spent by the winning group or individual’s school on any relevant STEM resources.

Mini Film Making Guides

A series of documents, covering pre- to post-production.



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