Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 20 January 2017 (Issue 160)

20 January 2017 • Issue 160




New Curriculum for Wales blogs

Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education

Hitting the ground running in curriculum reform; Kirsty Williams sets the scene.


Professor Graham Donaldson. Let's go for it!

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


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 Special Mission: Our Rights

All primary schools can get involved with the Commissioner’s work to promote children’s rights in Wales with the free Super Ambassador scheme.  Pupils can join this term’s special mission to promote children’s rights in their school #OurRights.

National Digital Learning Awards 2017 

Each week we will be showcasing  award winning entries from last year on Hwb until entries open for 2017 in February. The first and second exemplars are now available.

  1. 2016 e-safety award winner and highly commended entry.
  2. 2016 Pupil Award winner.

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.

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.


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

Thursday, 16 February 2017, Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Find out more and register

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.

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.

    '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. Find out more and register today.

    #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.

    Penarth HwbMeet – 15 February 2017

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

    BETT Show 2017

    If you’re attending the upcoming BETT show in ExCel London, come and find us at stand H310. If you haven’t already done so, you can register now for a free ticket. We’ll be promoting the Learning in Digital Wales programme which offers free digital tools to all maintained schools in Wales.

    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.

    New STEM Teaching and Learning Resources for KS2

    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.

    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. 

    World Religion Day

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

    Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

    27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.  Global Learning Programme - Wales has put together a list of resources to help schools mark this important day.

    Free Pori Drwy Stori resources for Reception-aged children across Wales

    The Spring term resources were delivered directly to your school at the beginning of January. Within the box you will find:

    • Boomerang Book Bags for your class! 
    • Hide and Sheep numeracy cards. 

    Wales on Film - Primary

    Celebrate the breadth of film created in Wales or featuring Welsh talent.

    Mini Film Making Guides

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



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