Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 31 January 2017 (Issue 483)

31 January 2017 • Issue 483


Welsh Education news


New curriculum for Wales Blog!  

The Digital Competence Framework: FAQs

You’ve asked more questions, here are the answers!


Qualifications Wales: specialist reviewers wanted

As part of its programme of sector reviews, Qualifications Wales is advertising for specialist reviewers in the ICT and Construction & the Built Environment sectors


Seren Network 2017: Beyond the curriculum

The Welsh Government and The Brilliant Club are delighted to invite you to the Seren Conference 2017.


When: Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March

Venue: Cefn Lea Park, Dolfor, Newtown SY16 4AJ

New £13m ALN School opened

A new 100 place school for pupils with additional learning needs (ALN) has been officially opened by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies.

National Digital Learning Awards 2017

Each week we will be showcasing the award winning and highly commended entries from last year on Hwb until entries open for 2017 in February.

Estyn Annual Remit  2017/18

Estyn Annual Remit 2017/18 issued by the Cabinet Secretary for Education.

Dynamic video experiences on Hwb

Office 365 Video is now available for your school though Hwb! Upload, share and play back video securely within your school.  Teachers can take advantage of this exciting development to “flip” their classroom and allow learners to stream a host of teacher-uploaded videos on any Internet enabled device. 

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.

2017 Youth Work Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open.

The Youth Work Excellence Awards  awards will take place in Cardiff on 23 June 2017. The evening is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate outstanding youth work projects and youth workers from across Wales.

Post-16 updates

Consistent measures for post-16 learning in Wales

We want your views on proposed changes to performance measures for school sixth forms and further education colleges. 

Revised guidance: ‘Securing provision for young people with learning difficulties at specialist further education establishments’

Most young people with learning difficulties can have their needs met within a mainstream college, including those with complex needs. In some cases access to a specialist provider is needed.  The Welsh Government has published revised guidance setting out its expectations for securing post-16 provision for young people with learning difficulties.

Review of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol - Do you have an opinion on Welsh-medium post-16 education?

The Cabinet Secretary for Education recently established a task and finish group to review the activities of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. As part of its work the group will consider whether the Coleg’s remit should extend to the post-16 sector and invites you to present evidence to assist them in their deliberations.

dates for your diary

Penarth HwbMeet – 15 February 2017

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

Extraordinary Science show – Book your FREE place

Monday 13 March 1.30pm – 2.30pm National Museum Cardiff 

This show was designed with students aged 11-14 in mind, but students of other ages are also welcome.  (English only website)

Resources and Competitions

National Storytelling Week

Next week is National Storytelling Week – why not try out the audio books on Hwb with your class? 

Y Termiadur Addysg now available on Hwb

The website is sponsored by Welsh Government to provide standardized terminology for the field of education (KS3/4, A/AS)

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.

The Commonwealth Science Class series – NEW Resources  

The British Council have developed a series of resources, in partnership with The Royal Society, to enhance science learning in schools.

This fourth resource in the Commonwealth Science Class series investigates the topic of global food security and is packed with activity ideas to help your students explore this subject further. 

Why not watch the following video with your class?

A new £10k challenge for young tech pioneers

Closing date Friday 3 March 2017 

The Longitude Explorer prize is a £10k competition for secondary school pupils aged 11-16, which aims to develop science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills. Find out more

other news

UKMT Team Maths Challenge (for Years 8 and 9) - last chance to enter this year’s competition!

The Team Maths Challenge (TMC) is a national competition, run by the UK Maths Trust, with the aim of engaging and enhancing pupils’ mathematical thinking, communication and teamwork skills.

Inspire Adult Learning Awards 2017 – Call for Nominations

Nominations close on Friday 3 March 2017

The Inspire! Awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional individuals, projects and employers who have shown outstanding passion, commitment and drive to improve themselves, their community or workplace through learning.  



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