Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 17 March 2017 (Issue 489)

17 March 2017 • Issue 489




New mapping tool for the Digital Competence Framework (DCF)

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.


The Digital Competence Framework: our school’s journey and tips for you – a Head teacher speaks on the blog


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.

more education news from wales

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 announced this week.

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

Public appointments for the chair and deputy chairs for the Education Workforce Council Teacher Education Accreditation Committee

Closes 31 March 2017

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”). 

Partnership between Jesus College Oxford and Wales’ brightest students unveiled at major education summit

Students from each of the 11 Seren Network hubs across Wales will be given the opportunity to apply for the four-day summer school.

Hay Festival 2017

Free places at this years Hay Festival Schools Programme events available for all schools in Wales!  Bookings can be made via Aine@hayfestival.org

Our promotional video is now available for you to see!

BIG Bang Wales

The Engineering education Scheme Wales (EESW) is organising two Big Bang events again this year.  These exciting and action packed days include:-

  • High-octane theatre shows
  • interactive stands and workshops
  • Inspiring science and engineering projects
  • Careers information, resources and activities

28th March Venue Cymru Llandudno3rd April the Liberty Stadium SwanseaAttendance is open to all schools.  Please register on www.stemcymru.org.uk

New £40m Port Talbot school officially opened by Kirsty Williams

A new £40m school for Port Talbot has been officially opened by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams today (Mon 13th March).

Leading Wales programme 2017/18 application process is now open

This programme aims to strengthen high calibre leadership capacity in the further education sector.

What do your school’s pupils think about train services in Wales?

Transport for Wales are very keen to hear the views of your school’s pupils, as they are going to be the ones using the services in the future.

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.


National Digital Learning Awards 2017

Would you like to be recognised for excellent practice in online safety? Why not apply for the National Digital Learning Awards 2017. The closing date for applications is Friday 7 April at 4.00pm.

Office 365 video

A dynamic video experience – 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. Don’t forget to check out your local authority and consortia video channels, all available on Hwb.

Monmouth HwbMeet – 21 March 2017

Last chance to book your place for our Monmouth HwbMeet! Come for a cuppa and a chat about the education technology that’s available to you for free through Hwb.

Cardiff 2017: Champions League Finals Resource Collection

This KS2 resource supports the cross-cutting themes of literacy, numeracy and digital competency across six curriculum areas via a series of fun, exciting learning challenges themed around the UEFA Champions League Finals taking place in Cardiff during June 2017.

Gresford Disaster

This resource provides a lesson for pupils in KS3 and KS4  to learn about the Gresford Colliery Disaster using photographs, newspaper articles, maps and official reports.

other news

Give young people the skills to thrive in the 21st century

The British Council offers a free learning journey to help teachers develop their practice through international collaboration. Participants in Connecting Classrooms benefit from fully-funded core skills training courses, access to an international network of like-minded teachers and £3,000 grants to visit partner schools overseas. 

British Education Awards 2017

The inaugural British Education Awards were held in London on 30 January in London.  There were four categories in which Welsh learners were shortlisted – GCSE, A Level, Vocational and Degree. For more information on the British Education Awards and the winners, visit www.britisheducationawards.co.uk



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

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