Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 5 April March 2017 (Issue 491)

5 April 2017 • Issue 491



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National Reading and Numeracy Tests 2017

Secondary Schools should receive their test materials this week. If they haven't been received by Thursday or the order is incomplete, schools are asked to contact the Test Order Helpline on 01753 63727.

Primary Schools will receive their test materials after the Easter holidays, week commencing 24 April. 

Schools are reminded that a balanced curriculum should be maintained in the run-up to the tests and that time spent familiarising learners with test techniques should be kept to a minimum.


Education Workforce Council – New registration requirements

From the 1 April 2017 all youth workers, youth support workers and work based learning practitioners working in Wales, are required to register with the EWC.


Financial incentives to attract graduates into teaching announced – Kirsty Williams

Financial incentives of up to £20,000 per student to attract the best graduates into teaching subjects such as maths, chemistry, physics and computer science in Wales.


Education Workforce Council – Schools and FE settings

All school teachers, further education teachers and learning support workers in both school and FE settings are required to register with EWC.  

Role of the special educational needs coordinator

Guidance on the role of the special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) is aimed at local authorities and educational professionals. It provides advice on the role of the SENCo and helps to support a more consistent approach to SENCo practice across Wales.

Online Safety remains a key priority as internet use rises

95% of children in Wales aged 7 to 15 used the internet at home, a new report published today show.

dates for your diary

National Digital Learning Awards 2017

Have you applied for the National Digital Learning Awards 2017 yet? Don’t miss out! The closing date for applications is Friday 7 April at 4.00pm.

Supporting Service Children in Education (SSCE) All Wales Conference 16 May 2017 at Cardiff City Stadium

The SSCE Cymru conference is aimed at schools, education professionals, local authorities and support organisations that work with or want to understand more about Armed Forces Children and their families.

post-16 updates

The Beacons Project 

A free Hay Festival writing residency for 16-18 year olds from across Wales

This years Hay Festival Beacons Project will offer 20 A-level students from across Wales a unique opportunity to work with exceptional writers in a stunning environment for 4 days.  Secondary schools, FEI’s and sixth form colleges have been invited to nominate suitable pupils for selection.  Find out more here.

Student finance changes in 2018

Find the latest information about the planned changes to student finance for higher education courses starting on or after September 2018.

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. 

Post 16 Planning and Reporting Arrangements for Further Education Institutions and Local Authorities 2017/18

The latest programme directory (version 5) has been published containing the fundable programmes for delivery in 2017/18. 

Programmes directory - background note.

For a copy of the latest Planning and Funding Arrangements please contact post16planningandfunding@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Apprenticeship Awards Cymru

Friday 20 October 2017 at the Celtic Manor, Newport

Application forms for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru categories are now available. These prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of individuals, employers and work-based learning practitioners who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Governments Traineeship and Apprenticeship programme. The closing date for applications will be 12pm on 23 June 2017.


Office 365

The Hwb Office 365 tenancy is about more than just mail. Did you know that you have access to other Microsoft tools such as One Note, Sway, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneDrive and many more? Log in to Hwb and click on the Office 365 icon along to top of the page to access these tools.

Maesteg HwbMeet – 16 May

Teach in the Maesteg area? Find out about useful tools, resources, and ideas to help implement the Digital Competency Framework in your school at our HwbMeet in Ysgol Maesteg.


The latest available Welsh and bilingual learning resources

These quality-assured resources are produced by professional publishers and suppliers in conjunction with teachers and educational experts.

If you have any suggestions about new resources that could be considered please contact welshresources@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Easter Resources

Why not check out the Easter themed classroom resources on Hwb. You can also share your own resources with other teachers, in the Hwb Community. If you need help with adding resources to Hwb then use our Make and Share Guide.


A colourful and comprehensive collection of cross-curricular resources aimed at the Foundation Phase to go with the Wenfro series of books.  These resources reflect the current Welsh Government's Numeracy and Literacy Framework requirements. 

other news

Access £3,000 to visit a partner school overseas

UK schools can apply for a £3,000 grant to send a teacher and a school leader to visit a partner school in Asia, Africa or the Middle East as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms learning journey. Participants need to have completed a core skills professional learning course before applying.  



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