Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 26 May 2017 (Issue 169)

26 May 2017 • Issue 169




£1m to strengthen how Foundation Phase is delivered in Wales

£1 million is to be invested to develop the skills of staff who teach the curriculum for all 3 to 7 year olds in Wales.


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.


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 available now


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.

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.

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. Find out more.

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.  

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.


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.

App of the Week

Another keyboard available in Welsh – Gboard is now available on Apple and Android #Cymraeg.


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.


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.

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.  



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