Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 26 May 2017 (Issue 496)

26 May 2017 • Issue 496




Literacy and numeracy – your questions answered 

This information document is to support schools and settings by answering key questions on the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) and National Reading and Numeracy Tests (NRNT).

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Reporting on the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework is changing

With immediate effect schools are only expected to produce an annual narrative report for parents/carers based on the LNF in:

  • English, Welsh and maths at Key stages 2 and 3
  • Language, Literacy and Communication Skills and Mathematical Development in the Foundation Phase.

This change will be for all schools.

National reading and Numeracy tests

Welsh National Tests Data Collection

The final deadline for uploading data is 7 June, or by the date set by your local authority/consortium.

Headteacher's Declaration

The declaration for 2017 must be signed and submitted to the relevant consortium by the 16 June.

National Reading & Numeracy Tests Diagnostic Support Tools - now available


New Curriculum for Wales blog post

The intriguing title of this blog post published by James Kent on the EAS Blog surely demands that anyone interested in the development of our forthcoming curriculum takes a look.

FE teachers and WBL practitioners – We Want your views!

Take part in our engagement survey for new professional standards for FE Teachers and WBL Practitioners. This is an opportunity for you to comment on the draft standards produced by representatives from your sectors. 

The School as a Learning Organisation – Nation-wide Study

The purpose of the study, a partnership between Welsh Government and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD, is developing a professional learning culture within and across our schools, to support the transition to the new curriculum.  If your school is invited to complete the short survey launching next month, we would welcome your engagement and open and honest feedback.  

The latest edition of the school performance reporting bulletin is now available

The Great Get Together 

Friday 16 – Sunday 18 June 2017

Inspired by MP Jo Cox, who was tragically murdered last year, The Great Get Together aims to bring together communities, neighbours, pupils and friends to share and celebrate all that we hold in common. Read the Cabinet Secretary for Education's letter to schools, here.

Unique opportunity for UK science teachers to visit CERN

This experience will engage students and inspire science lessons.

This course includes a  3.5 day learning visit to CERN in Geneva from the 12 - 15 December 2017. There is an ENTHUSE award of £1,200 available for this event- please click HERE for more information.

Graduate Teacher Programme – we want your views

The GTP is an employment based route into teaching in Wales. If you have been or are currently a GTP trainee or stakeholder (school, consortia or HEI) the Welsh Government would like to hear your views:

National online safety action plan for children and young people to be created - Kirsty Williams

A new national online safety action plan for children and young people is to be created, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams recently announced.

Plans put forward to develop teachers’ leadership skills – Kirsty Williams

Helping teachers develop into the next generation of leaders to raise standards across our schools will be the focus of a new leadership academy.

Supporting Young Carers in Schools Guide, Wales Edition

Carers Trust Wales have designed this guide for both primary and secondary schools in consultation with stakeholders.  This Step-by-step Guide sets out ten key steps to make identifying and supporting young carers as easy as possible, as well as helping schools build on good practice.

Additional Learning Needs Consultation

We want your views

Take part in the consultation on how best to implement the new Additional Learning Needs system. Closes 9 June 2017.  


Do you live or work in the south Wales valleys?  How do you feel about your community, what could be done to support your future, the future of your family and your school?  We would be grateful if you can take 10 minutes to complete this survey and pass on to any colleagues, parents, governors and friends who are also part of these communities.

Regulations on sharing student information

We want your views on the Education (Student Information) (Wales) Regulations 2017 and Education (Destination Information) (Prescribed Activities) (Wales) Regulations 2017.

App of the Week

Another keyboard available in WelshGboard is now available on Apple and Android #Cymraeg

dates for your diary

National Academy for Educational Leadership Roadshows

The National Academy for Educational Leadership is being established to enable high-quality leadership development across the system. We are inviting Headteachers and other leaders to upcoming roadshows across Wales. These will provide a valuable opportunity for you to help shape the focus of the Academy.

    post-16 updates

    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 12pm on 23 June 2017.

    Adult Learners’ Week 19 – 25 June 2017

    Register your event here and receive a free ‘Event in a Box’ containing promotional items and Quick Reads titles.

    If you have any questions about Adult Learners’ Week, please contact: nisha.patel@learningandwork.org.uk


    HwbMeet Brecon – 13 June

    Have you booked your place at the Brecon HwbMeet yet? Speakers include: South West Grid for Learning, J2e, IntoFilm Cymru, Encyclopedia Britannica, Open University, Darran Park Primary School and All Saints Primary School.

    other news

    Establishing a new Youth Parliament for Wales

    The National Assembly for Wales want your views on a Youth Parliament for Wales. Get involved by completing the online consultation, inviting the National Assembly for Wales’s Education team to your school or attending one of the dedicated Welsh Youth Parliament Consultation events. 

    Gweiddi Magazine - KS3 – Welsh Language

    Issue 42 – Article 50

    Gweiddi magazine is now live! This issue’s theme is “Article 50”, and we look at what the implications of the trigger of Article 50 mean to the United Kingdom as it  prepares to leave the European Union.Read and enjoy!

    Governors Wales E-Bulletin – May 2017

    We hope you will find the latest e-bulletin an interesting and informative read. If you have any comments about the contents, or ideas for future use, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would welcome your views. Subscribe here

    Last chance for recruitment! School Health Research Network

    Do you want data on your own students' health and wellbeing, at no cost? Recruitment of secondary schools to the School Health Research Network is open until the end of this week. 

    Annual Welsh Baccalaureate Teacher Conference - Cardiff University

    Welsh Baccalaureate teachers and coordinators are invited to attend a free 1 day skills development event which focuses on critical skills, problem solving and the research cycle. To book, please click on the following link click link here or contact business.desk@cscjes.org.uk

    Resources to celebrate 50 years of unity in Africa

    Africa Day takes place every year on 25th May with 2017 marking 50 years since the African Union was founded.  Wales has many links with different countries in Africa - the Global Learning Programme-Wales has selected resources to help your school join in the celebrations. 

    Give young people the skills to thrive in the 21st century

    The British Council offers a free learning journey to help teachers develop their practice through international collaboration. Participants in Connecting Classrooms benefit from fully-funded core skills training courses, access to an international network of like-minded teachers and £3,000 grants to visit partner schools overseas.  



    Greater Expectations

    This is a publication created by Fostering Network and aims to support foster carers on how to help the children in their care raise their academic aspirations and succeed at school.

    Dysg is the official education e-newsletter from Welsh Government. Dysg aims to provide updates and developments on education and training sectors in Wales.

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