Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 3 March 2017 (Issue 487)

3 March 2017• Issue 487




Proposals for new teaching standards in Wales

New proposals to revamp teaching standards in Wales have been revealed by the Education Secretary Kirsty Williams.


Consultation on new professional standards for teaching and leadership in schools is now open.

For further information on professional standards, including the existing standards, click here

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Seren Network 2017: Beyond the curriculum - 15 & 16 March 2017

Final call for registrations

Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education is asking headteachers to 'help and support in encouraging as many of the Seren learners across Wales to attend' this national conference. 


New expert healthy relationships group to advise on curriculum

A new expert group to advise on healthy relationships in the current school curriculum is to be set up, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced today (Weds 1st March).


Computational thinking – new resources for Years 1-3 and Years 4-6

New digital resources from Barefoot have been added to HWB thanks to collaboration with BT.
The free resources, for years 1-3 and 4-6, will support teaching activities linked to the Digital Competence Framework (DCF), in the area of Data and Computational Thinking. They were developed by South West Grid for Learning.

To access the resources, select ‘classroom task ideas’ next to the relevant statement in the DCF, and Log in to Hwb to access the materials.

An easy read explanation of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill is now available on the Welsh Government’s website

National Digital Learning Awards 2017

Using digital technology in an innovative way at school? Enter the National Digital Learning Awards. The closing date is 7 April at 4.00pm

Have your say - qualifications in the Construction and Built Environment

Qualifications Wales is currently reviewing the range and quality of qualifications in the construction and built environment sector. Find out more.

Information and Communications Technology

Qualifications Wales is also reviewing the range and quality of qualifications in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, one of the fastest growing industries in Wales. 

Let’s celebrate Apprenticeship Week 2017

Apprenticeship Week (6 – 10 March) celebrates the positive impact Apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

To find out more about events held across Wales, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter #Appweekcymru.

Secure mail - Hwb Message Encryption

Hwb Message Encryption (HME) is one of the three enhanced controls, outlined in our information security guidance document, which can be used to provide an added layer of security to e-mail. HME only applies to e-mails which are sent from a Hwbmail account to an external e-mail account. For more information view the HwbMail Security Guidance .

Schools’ Cadet Expansion Programme

Apply for the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP) and give pupils in your school the opportunity to develop a range of skills

Managing Complaints - Good Practice Guidance for Further Education Colleges and Work-Based Learning Providers

This good practice guide is aimed at assisting and guiding further education (FE) colleges and work-based learning (WBL) providers on how to improve heir customer focus, management, reporting and definition of complaints. Providers of adult community learning (ACL) may also wish to adopt this guidance


Romeo and Juliet – Omidaze Workshops for Schools

Omidaze are delivering workshops on the theme of power in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Drawing parallels with contemporary politics, the workshop will support learners to develop their understanding of the UK and Welsh electoral system and the works of Shakespeare. More information can be found on the Creative Learning Zone.

Monmouth HwbMeet – 21 March 2017

Would you like to see the good practice of teachers at the forefront of using technology? Book your place now for our Monmouth HwbMeet!


Remembering For Peace

This pack supports KS2 – KS4 learners in understanding the impact of WWI and subsequent wars on ordinary people in Wales and beyond.

Children's Rights Poster (Secondary)

Rights of the child captured in one simple poster for secondary schools.

other education news

Lefèvre and Charles de Gaulle grants

These grants enable UK and French students to undertake collaborative projects and partner visits.

 Applications must be received by 15th May 2017.

The German Teacher Awards 2017

This year’s Awards looks to celebrate the achievements of teachers of German across the UK. The application window for the Awards closes on 1st May 2017. 

Opportunities for Governors – Voluntary Posts

A number of suitably qualified people are being sought to apply to the governing body that takes office in April 2017.  For more information click here

Are you ready for Tax-Free Childcare?

Childcare providers across the UK, including schools or those delivering on school premises, are signing up for the UK government’s new offer.  Tax-Free Childcare offers up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 if a child is disabled. Childcare providers must sign up to be able to receive payments from parents through the scheme.

Education Endowment Newsletter

The Sutton Trust Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Toolkit provides information on a variety of interventions which can be used to help disadvantaged learners achieve their potential.

Recruitment is open for all secondary and middle schools to join the School Health Research Network

This is the largest national network of its kind in the world. It brings together: secondary schools, health and education practitioners and researchers to improve young people’s health. Network schools can receive data on their own students’ health and wellbeing, at no cost.  



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