Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 20 January 2017 (Issue 482)

20 January 2017 • Issue 482


Welsh Education news


Results: GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy and GCSE Mathematics

This week's GCSE results relate to qualifications that were reformed for first teaching in September 2015: GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy and GCSE Mathematics.


Education Secretary on fact-finding mission to Finland

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams is in Finland on a fact-finding mission to learn more about the country’s highly regarded education system.

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New Curriculum for Wales blog

Professor Graham Donaldson Let's go for it!

Whilst others wait, Wales acts. Professor Donaldson's blog praises bold curriculum reform.


Health & Social Care qualifications

The Qualifications Wales Board has decided to proceed with the restriction and commissioning of a new suite of Health and Social Care and Childcare qualifications. You can read more about the progress on the Qualifications Wales website.

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. This is your last chance for applications. 

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

We are keen to hear your views

Children’s Commissioner Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge

Pupils can now take a Children’s Rights Community Challenge as part of their KS4 Welsh Bacc qualification. 

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 second is, 2016 Pupil Award winner.

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.

National Science Academy Funded Project 2016-2018

Focus on transition between primary and secondary science

Techniquest Glyndŵr has been awarded funding from the Welsh Government to deliver a programme of sessions to better prepare primary pupils for life at secondary school, focussing especially on the transition between KS2 and KS3 science. 

Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list – Nominations Now Open!

The Education and Public Services Group are inviting nominations for the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list.  If you know of any deserving people who work in the Education, Local Government, Communities, Tackling Poverty, Housing and Regeneration sectors who have demonstrated exceptional achievement or service, then please submit your nomination by 1 March 2017.

British Council - Connecting Classrooms

Join British Council Connecting Classrooms for free professional learning to support you with the Wider Skills and Digital Competence Framework. Once on board, we will support you in a professional partnership with a school overseas, and you can access a grant of £3,000 for an international visit.

dates for your diary

GwE Regional Conference: 'Teaching and Learning - Pushing the Boundaries'

Thursday, 16 February 2017, Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Find out more and register

'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

Safer Internet Day 2017 – Keeping learners safe online event

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 - Y Senedd, Cardiff

This lunchtime event marks the official launch of the Online Safety Zone on Hwb. Book your place now. 

    Penarth HwbMeet – 15 February 2017

    Find out how Hwb can support your teaching this year. Book your place now!

    Resources and Competitions

    Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day - 27 January

    World Religion Day

    22 January is World Religion Day. Take a look at the religion themed resources on Hwb!

    Show Racism the Red Card - School Competition now open!

    The deadline for entries is the 10 March 2017

    The Show Racism the Red Card competition in Wales is an accessible and engaging way to encourage pupils to think about issues surrounding racism. 

    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.

    Macbeth – Power Players

    A resource to accompany the 2015 film adaption of the Scottish play (KS4).

    Wales on Film - Secondary

    Celebrate the breadth of film created in Wales or featuring Welsh talent (KS3/4).



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