Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 4 May 2017 (Issue 493)

4 May 2017 • Issue 493



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The National Reading And Numeracy Tests – Parents and Carers’ Guide 

Please upload the guidance to your school websites or share the updated guidance with your school's parents and carers.



New post on the Curriculum for Wales Blog 

“Do we have to use Tech to hit all the digital competence skills?” No! 


Teachers – We want your views

Final opportunity to 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 today, 4 May 2017. 


Welsh Government Education News

Keeping you up-to-date on all the latest Welsh Government Education News and developments.

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External Verification and Cluster Moderation arrangements this academic year

Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education issued a Statement on the outcomes and early termination of the External Verification programme after two years of successful operation.

Cluster moderation became a statutory requirement in September 2015 and all schools in Wales need to participate in cluster moderation arrangements at Key Stages 2 and 3.

Teachers and advisors: Register for the UCAS and Qualifications Wales conference!

If you’re a teacher or adviser working with students in Wales, tickets are still available for the free UCAS events in North and South Wales. Topics such as the Welsh Baccalaureate, changes to qualifications in Wales and vocational qualifications will be covered in the events sponsored by Qualifications Wales on the 15 and 17 May. 

Evaluation of Fixed Penalty Notices issued for regular non-attendance at school

You may be contacted to help assess how the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) policy on school attendance is being implemented across Wales. The evaluation will run from 10 April to 31 July 2017.

We have commissioned ICF Consulting Ltd and Arad Research to evaluate the implementation of FPNs.

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 tomorrow, 5 May 2017.

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

Consultation end date: 9 June 2017

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.

Keeping young performers safe: best practice

There is new best practice guidance available on child performance. The document sits within a suite of guidance on child performance, available on Learning Wales

A* publicity campaign as GCSEs are reformed

GCSEs in Wales are changing - and Qualifications Wales is launching an information campaign to make sure the reforms are fully understood - find out more.

Schools and learners are asked for their views

Survey open until the 5 July

Qualifications Wales is inviting centres, learners, and other stakeholders to take part in a survey on their regulatory outcomes and the mapping of Conditions. This work helps ensure their regulatory activities focus on learners and the qualification system in Wales.

Post-16 updates

Four young Welsh experts to represent UK in the world’s largest Global Skills competition

Four Welsh competitors have been selected to represent the UK in the largest international skills competition, WorldSkills, held in Abu Dhabi in October this year.

Apprenticeship Awards Cymru

Friday 20 October 2017 at the Celtic Manor, Newport

Application forms for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru are now available. The Awards celebrate the achievements of learners, employers and work-based learning practitioners who have excelled in contributing to the Welsh Government's Apprenticeship Programme. The closing date for applications is 12noon on 23 June 2017.

New figures show the number of young people not in education, employment or training in Wales fell during 2016

Skills and Science Minister, Julie James, has welcomed new figures showing a decline in the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) during 2016.


National Digital Learning Event - 21 June 2017

Registration for the National Digital Learning Event opens next Monday. Find out more about the event. 

Maesteg HwbMeet – 16 May

Book at place at our Maesteg HwbMeet now!

VE Day resources

8 May is VE day! Check out our World War 2 resources covering topics such as what it was like for women and children during the war (KS3).

Your Club Your Way: Digital Literacy

Supporting the Digital Competency Framework, this resource offers a variety of opportunities to develop digital literacy skills in a film club or classroom setting (KS3/4).

other education news

The German Teacher Awards 2017

This year’s Awards looks to celebrate the achievements of teachers of German across the UK. The application window for the Awards closes on 17 May 2017. 

Fully-funded professional learning opportunity for teachers

Connecting Classrooms provides teachers with professional learning courses to help equip students with some of the skills needed to prosper in a globalised society (also known as ‘core’ or ‘wider’ skills). Two training courses are delivered in Welsh or English across Wales by the British Council’s approved provider; Think, Learn, Challenge. Watch the Connecting Classrooms video clip.

'Professionally Speaking' 2017 

Cardiff City Hall, 8 May 2017

Education Workforce Council have invited the Wales' four commissioners to speak on the future of Welsh education and the roles they can play in shaping Welsh education policy. Speaking on stage are Sally Holland, Children's Commissioner for Wales; Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner; Meri Huws, Welsh Language Commissioner and Sarah Rochira, Older People's Commissioner for Wales.



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