Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 25 April 2017 (Issue 492)

25 April 2017 • Issue 492



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Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams explains the National Reading and Numeracy Tests in Wales

Kirsty Williams explains the forthcoming National Reading and Numeracy Tests in Wales that will play a key part in the way pupils in Wales can achieve their full potential.


Teachers – We want your views

Take part in the consultation for new professional standards for teaching and leadership.   The new standards aim to develop leadership capacity and support practitioners to continue to develop throughout their career, consultation ends on 4 May 2017. 


Consistent measures for post-16 learning in Wales

Consultation end date: 1 May 2017

Consultation: emergency adrenaline auto-injectors in schools

The UK Government are holding a consultation on emergency adrenaline auto-injectors in schools at the below links. This affects schools in Wales and we would encourage your views. The consultation ends on 5 May 2017.

We want your views on how best to implement the new Additional Learning Needs system

Consultation end date: 9 June 2017

ExChange: Care & Education Hub Launch Events

Focusing on the education of care experienced children and young people, this event will be of interest to teachers, foster carers, social workers and practitioners. Find out more at our launch events.

  • 26/04/2017 - 5:30pm-7:30pm - Cardiff University
  • 03/05/2017 - 5:30pm-7:30pm - Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay

Nominate a student for London Week 2017 competition

We are inviting all headteachers in Wales to nominate a hard-working, determined and aspirational pupil in either Year 10 or 11 to compete for a unique, once in lifetime opportunity to experience working life in London this July.

Could your pupils be the future of games?

Whether they love to code, draw or write the story, BAFTA YGD gives learners an insight into the world of game making, as well the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with top game makers through their annual competition.

post-16 update

Apprenticeship Awards Cymru

Friday 20 October 2017 at the Celtic Manor, Newport

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

Time is running out to enter this year’s coveted VQ Awards 

The clock is ticking in the hunt to find star learners, employers and trainers in every part of Wales, as the April 26 closing date for this year’s Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards approaches. 


Hwb - Towards a digital future

The pioneering digital learning platform is now available to all supply teachers in Wales.

As a supply teacher, are you inspired by the possibilities that digital technologies can offer learners? If so, click here to request full access to the Hwb digital learning platform (external link).

National Digital Learning Event - 21 June 2017

Registration for the National Digital Learning Event opens on 8 May. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Creative approaches to implementing the Digital Competence Framework’. Find out more about the event.

Office 365 -  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.

Maesteg HwbMeet – 16 May

Have you booked your place at the Maesteg HwbMeet yet? Darran Park Primary School winner of the National Digital Learning Council Pupil’s Award 2016 will be presenting their Minecraft Roadshow project. Don’t miss out! Book now!

Hwb information for parents and carers

Would you like help explaining Hwb to parents and carers? This information sheet gives a quick summary of the purpose of Hwb and all of its features. Download a copy now!

hwb resources

Film Literacy Activities

A literacy pack providing a range of worksheets  to help examine the storyline and characters within any film which supports learners to develop their analysis and interpretation skills.

The North Wales slate industry

Activities and ideas for KS3 and 4 using original items to provide an overview of the history of the slate industry in North Wales.

other news

Jornadas de español –for teachers of Spanish (Primary and Secondary schools)

Saturday 13 May, School of Modern Foreign Languages, Cardiff University

The Spanish Embassy Education Office, which have recently set up an office at Cardiff University, are offering a free training day on 13 May for Spanish teachers, the training Is limited to 60 teachers so please register now! 

CAT bursary open to all school and college groups

A brand new colleges and schools bursary has recently been launched at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).

This bursary provides schools and colleges, who would otherwise miss out, the opportunity to apply for a bursary of between £50 and £300 to use against entry, teaching and even accommodation at CAT. Please contact education@cat.org.uk  for further information about the bursary, application form, tuition on and booking. 


Do you want data on your own students’ health and wellbeing free of charge? 

Recruitment of secondary to the School Health Research Network is open until the end of MayJoin now.

This Welsh Network brings together schools, researchers and policy makers to improve young people’s health. 170 + schools already belong, so don’t miss out! 



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