Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 4 May 2017 (Issue 166)

4 May 2017 • Issue 166



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

As the Primary School test window opens this week, please share the link to the updated guidance on your school website and issue in your correspondence to parents and carers via email or in your newsletters.  

Look out for posts on our Facebook and Twitter channels and please share!


New post on Curriculum for Wales Blog 

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


Teachers – We want your views

Your final chance 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.

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

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, which can be found here.


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


Welsh-medium resources for schools  – needs identification 2017

Teachers and practitioners are invited to help identify new Welsh-medium resources. 

Children’s Book Week

It’s Children’s Book Week! Why not share your resources with other teachers in the Hwb Community. Use our Make and Share Guide to see how you can create resources on Hwb.

Pori Drwy Stori - My Book Summer term resource

Help the children in your Reception class feel like real authors this term by creating their own book, using the Pori Drwy Stori book-making materials. Find new ideas and inspiration in our online teacher toolkit and guide

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 (KS2/3).

Chwedlau Rhyngweithiol

This collection of interactive digital activities based on 12 Welsh folk tales support Welsh language learners in the Foundation Phase and KS2. 

other news

Enterprise Troopers Competition Deadline Extended to 8 May

The closing date for entries for this year’s Enterprise Troopers National Primary School Competition has been extended to 8 May 2017.

All enterprise activity you’ve done since January 2016 is eligible  Pupils learn enterprise skills such as teamwork and creativity and develops literacy and numeracy, digital skills and softer skills like problem solving. 

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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