Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 27 March 2017 (Issue 163)

27 March 2017• Issue 163




Cabinet Secretary announces new funding for musical instruments in schools

Every council in Wales is to receive an extra £10,000 to buy musical instruments for pupils, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced.


Launch of new Facebook page for education

Launched recently by Kirsty Williams, Education Wales, the Education Department’s new Facebook page, will be used to provide updates on key announcements and to share best practice from across Wales. Please follow, like and share the page and contribute when you can - we’d love to hear from you.


New Curriculum Mapping Tool for Digital Competence Framework

Digital Pioneers have developed a new mapping tool for the Digital Competence Framework (DCF). It enables schools to cross-reference current teaching in subjects and years with elements of the DCF to show levels of DCF coverage, helping them plan to cover the full range of skills within each element over the course of a year. The tool will also help schools to spread DCF coverage more evenly across the school.


Teachers – We want your views

Take part in the consultation for new professional standards for teaching and leadership.  Find out what the new standards will mean for you and when they will apply.

Learning Wales user testing

This short questionnaire will test how well the site is organised and help us make our documents easier to find. As part of ongoing improvements we may send out further questionnaires through Dysg. Your input is greatly appreciated!

New teacher training changes to attract the best to the profession – Kirsty Williams

New rules for the courses that train teachers in Wales are part of the drive to attract the best talent to the profession, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced.

The Criteria for the accreditation of initial teacher education programmes in Wales: Teaching Tomorrows’ Teachers are now available. 

Public appointments - chair and deputy chairs - Education Workforce Council, Teacher Education Accreditation Committee

We are looking for committed and capable candidates for the chair and deputy chairs for the Education Workforce Council Teacher Education Accreditation Committee (the “board”). Closes 31 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 years 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.

Consultation - options for implementing the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill

Have your say on how best to implement the new Additional Learning Needs system.

An easy read explanation of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill is now available.

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 recently announced.

National Digital Learning Awards 2017

Shared a resource into the Hwb Community? Why not apply for the National Digital Learning Awards 2017. The closing date for applications is Friday 7 April at 4.00pm.

Teacher training incentives – information for students

Guidance on the grants available for eligible students who start full time pre-service PGCE initial teacher education courses.




Summer term HwbMeet events

Find out more about the tools Hwb has to offer and see examples of best practice using technology in the classroom. 

  • Maesteg - 16 May
  • Brecon - 13 June

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 .




The Young Darwinian – Free resource for the classroom

An international journal for school student publications in science, natural history, maths, engineering and entrepreneurship.  Inspiring you to carry out projects and publish your own work, ideas and experiences.  

Welsh synthetic voices 

Available free of charge to schools, individuals and non-commercial organisations by emailing cymru@rnib.org.uk. The RNIB developed the voices with the text to speech software company IVONA, with financial assistance from the Welsh Government. The voices of Geraint a Gwyneth are useful for screen reading and reading websites and documents out aloud.

Ap Geiriaduron

This free app includes the Welsh standardised educational term dictionary Termiadur Addysg. It’s available for Apple iOS, Android mobile and Kindle. Even when you’re not online, you can check and translate thousands of the English and Welsh words you’re likely to need for your school work and homework.

National Trust – Dinefwr  

A resource pack to help teachers approach a self–led visit to around Dinefwr Park in a creative, confident and imaginative way. The activity suggestions are flexible and can be carried out in a number of ways.


A colourful and comprehensive collection of cross-curricular resources aimed at the Foundation Phase. 

Remembering For Peace

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



other education news

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. 

'Professionally Speaking' 2017 

Cardiff City Hall 8 May 2017

Education Workforce Council have invited Wales' four commissioners to speak on the future of Welsh education and the roles they can play in shaping Welsh education policy. Find out more and who's speaking at the event.

BIG Bang Wales

The Engineering education Scheme Wales (EESW) is organising two Big Bang events again this year. 

  • 28th March Venue Cymru Llandudno
  • 3rd April the Liberty Stadium Swansea

Attendance is open to all schools.  Please register.

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. You may find it helpful to receive the newsletter and keep up to date with the latest news and resources.

Global Learning Programme-Wales newsletter

GLP-W supports teachers to develop their learners as ‘ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world’. Read the spring newsletter.



Dysg is the official education e-newsletter from Welsh Government. Dysg aims to provide updates and developments on pre-11 education and training sectors in Wales.

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