Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 9 June 2017 (Issue 497)

9 June 2017 • Issue 497




Literacy and numeracy – your questions answered 

This 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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Dates for the diary

For information, the National Reading and Numeracy Test dates for 2018 will be 25 April to 9 May for secondary and 2 to 9 May for primary.


Latest update on new curriculum developments. See our newsletter


Last chance to make a difference to the new Additional Learning Needs system

Take part in the consultation to implement new changes to the system your views are important.  Closes today!

Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill – General Principles agreed.

The National Assembly for Wales have this week debated and agreed the general principles of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill. This significant milestone brings the Stage 1 scrutiny process to a close and means the Bill now moves on to Stage 2 of the legislative process. Follow the progress of and find information about the Bill, including the Assembly Committees Stage 1 reports.

You can also watch the General Principles debate on the National Assembly’s Senedd TV page.

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.

Gypsy Traveller Education - Travelling Ahead Project 

A report by young people from Gypsy and Traveller communities about their education experience and barriers to their learning.

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.

Schools as Learning Organisations – Launch of a Nation-wide Study

This week, Welsh Government has launched a nationwide Study – ‘Schools as Learning Organisations - Wales’ in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to develop a professional learning culture within and across our schools and support the transition to the new curriculum.  If your school has been invited to complete the short survey, we would welcome your engagement and open and honest feedback.  The survey is completely confidential.

post-16 updates

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. 

Adult Learners’ Week: 19-25 June 2017

Adult Learners’ Week is coming soon. From languages to computing, childcare to finance, learning can open all sorts of doors. If you deliver learning and skills for adults, join the campaign to celebrate and promote what you do. #lovetolearn and follow @SkillsGatewayCW for the latest updates.


Let’s Explore Wales!

This website contains information about 81 of the most important places in the history of Wales, from castles and abbeys to waterfalls and canals. The map provides information on all these places, with educational interactive activities for each place for children between 7 and 11 years old.  This resource is available in Welsh and English.

Resources to support teaching WJEC GCSE History 

Resources are now available on Hwb to support teaching the Welsh perspective of unit 3 of the WJEC GCSE History specification, for first teaching from September 2017.

Plantlife: Woodland keys 

This pack is designed for use by practitioners leading woodland activities. Activities can be used individually or together to build on learning.

App of the Week

Open Hoop and you’ll discover new things to do today or you can plan your weekend. #Cymraeg


HwbMeet Brecon – 1 week to go

Don’t miss out! The last HwbMeet event of this academic year will be held in the Castle of Brecon Hotel on 13 June. Book your place now!

Your enhanced Hwb experience!

Your enhanced Hwb experience is now ready and available.

You'll notice some changes when you log in, including a fresh look, together with new features and functionality, designed around you and your needs.  Read our news article for a full list of enhancements.

other news

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. The event programme has been developed by Cardiff University researchers in partnership with consortia leads. Practitioners will have the opportunity to attend 4 workshops.

Exchange Care and Education

Launched in May with events in south and north Wales, the online hub hosts range of useful materials for teachers who work with children and young people who are looked after. We are looking for more examples of best practice from your school to share.

Safety planning for school trips

Following the recent terrorist incidents in the UK, schools and organisers of school trips / visits may wish to review the following advice from the Outdoor Education Advisors Panel.  It is also suggested you check the Home Office webpages, and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for overseas advice.

Sustaining the momentum in global learning

The final Global Learning Programme-Wales conference, open and free to all schools in Wales, takes place on June 22 at the Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff. Join us for pupil presentations, interactive workshops led by experienced teachers and trainers, and updates on the new curriculum from Welsh Government and the new Inspection Framework from Estyn. Book your place by June 15 by contacting lbuckley@educationdevelopmenttrust.com



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