Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 5 April 2017 (Issue 164)

5 April 2017 • Issue 164



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National Reading and Numeracy Tests 2017

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.


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.

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.  

Estyn survey of headteachers’ and chairs of governors’ views on local and regional education services

The survey is open until 5pm Thursday 13 April.

Estyn wants headteachers’ and chairs of governors’ views on the quality of the support, challenge and leadership in their local authority and regional consortium. The findings will help inform follow-up visits to the consortia in the autumn and future inspections of local authorities.

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 this Friday, 7 April at 4.00pm.

National Academy for Educational Leadership

In November 2016 the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, announced the establishment of a new National Academy for Educational Leadership and we are running two half day events which will help the Board shape the future work of the National Academy for Educational Leadership.

  • 26th April 2017 – NORTH WALES - Oriel House, St Asaph (The Oriel Country Hotel & Spa, Upper Denbigh Road, St. Asaph, Denbighshire, LL17 OLW) 9.30am-1.30pm
  • 10th May 2017 – SOUTH WALES - Liberty Stadium -  (The Liberty Stadium, Plasmarl, Swansea SA1 2FA) 9.30am-1.30pm

Secure your place now by email before 19 April 2017

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.


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.


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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