Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 10 February 2017 (Issue 485)

10 February 2017 • Issue 485




New Curriculum for Wales blog post

New Pioneer Schools help with curriculum developments. See our newsletter.

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Numerical Reasoning marking support

Once again in 2017 we will be providing the Supported Marking Service for the Year 7 to 9 Numerical Reasoning Tests. Find out more.


Estyn wants your views 

If you’re involved in education in Wales, please share your views.

Estyn has launched a consultation on how they should inspect local government education services from autumn 2018. This includes local authorities and regional consortia.


New online safety zone for Welsh learners launched

As more than 100 countries around the world celebrated Safer Internet Day 2017 Education Secretary Kirsty Williams this week launched a new Online Safety Zone for Welsh teachers and learners on Hwb, our digital learning platform.


National Digital Learning Awards 2017

Applications for the National Digital Learning Awards open next week on Monday 13 February. Guidance for applicants is available on Hwb. 


Secondary School Grant funding for First World War commemorations

All secondary schools in Wales have until March 2018 are able to apply for a £1000 grant which can be used to develop projects which commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the conflict and should encourage debate and discussion. Schools can request an application form from FWWCommemorationGrant@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Skills Minister outlines plans for aligning Apprenticeships to the needs of the Welsh Economy

Aligning the Apprenticeship model to the needs of the Welsh Economy sets out the Welsh Government’s vision for addressing the needs of Welsh businesses and the wider economy.

Qualifications Wales: Specialist reviewers wanted

As part of Qualifications Wales's strategy for the regulation of vocational qualifications, it is undertaking a programme of sector reviews. Specialist reviewers are required in the ICT and Construction & the Built Environment sectors. 

dates for your Diary

Seren Network Conference: For 6th formers and Staff

The Welsh Government and Seren Network is covering transport costs for your 6th form students and interested staff to attend the National Conference. Students will attend sessions by academics on topics beyond the A-level curriculum that can support university applications, while teachers will receive latest top tips, resources, and research on helping students to university, including a panel sessions with top UK universities. Visit the Seren Network blog for recent posts.

'Hidden' CSE workshops with Barnardo's Cymru 2017

Spaces for Aberystwyth and Lampeter workshops still available!

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.

Young Wales Conference - for young people, by young people

21 February 2017, Cardiff

The Young People's Project Board are really excited to invite young people from across Wales to our second Annual Conference!

Workshops will be led by young people for young people and it will be a chance for everyone to share and learn more about mental health and well-being, bullying, climate change and education.

RawFfest 2017 - 17-20 August 2017

RawFfest is the youth arts festival for Wales that is fun, innovative and surprising. It is planned and programmed by young people for young people. RawFfest showcases the best of youth arts today. 


Get ready for Fairtrade Fortnight

27 February to 12 March, 2017

Take this opportunity to investigate Wales’ global links and reflect on how our choices as consumers affect people all over the world.  Global Learning Programme –Wales has put together a comprehensive list of teaching and learning resources to support you including a guide to progression and a new  activity for KS3 focusing on the history of cocoa.

Gweiddi Magazine - KS3 – Welsh Language

Issue 41 – The Baking Revolution

This is an exciting issue for bakers and chefs alike. Issue 41 of Gweiddi discusses "The Baking Revolution" that is thriving in the world today. Put yourself to the test as you answer questions about the popular TV show, The Great British Bake Off, and learn about the different ways that food is a part of our day-to-day lives, in schools, in restaurants, and even on our mobile phones. Read and enjoy!

AGENDA: A Young People’s Guide to Making Positive Relationships Matter

An online tool-kit produced with young people for young people. It aims to support young people to safely and creatively raise awareness of gender inequalities, sexual harassment and violence in schools and communities (KS3/4).

other news

Governors Wales E-Bulletin – January 2017

We hope you will find the latest e-bulletin an interesting and informative read. If you have any comments about the contents, or ideas for future use, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would welcome your views.

Governor Accounts available on Hwb+

Schools can now create accounts for their Governing Body to allow them to take advantage of some of the tools offered by Hwb. 

Schools and Colleges Outreach Programme

Free activities and events for young people in years 6 to 13

The programme offers science, engineering, arts & humanities, law and criminology, medicine and health, and Welsh medium, this provision is expected to be of most interest to schools and colleges in south Wales, but all enquiries are welcome. See what free activities and events are offered for young people from years 6 to 13!



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