Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 23 June 2017 (Issue 499)

23 June 2017 • Issue 499


Top stories


The WiFi isn't down, it must be something your end.

WiFi problems? A new post on the Curriculum for Wales blog may give you some useful suggestions on how to overcome them.


New drive to connect Welsh pupils with coding – Kirsty Williams

New drive to connect Welsh pupils with coding.


Reforming Education - the role of primary

Read speech delivered by Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, at primary headtachers’ conference on Tuesday 20 June. 

Appointments to new teacher training accreditation board announced

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has recently announced three appointments to a new board that will play a key role in how Wales’ teachers will be trained.

341 schools set to get superfast broadband thanks to £5m of funding

341 schools set to get superfast broadband thanks to £5m of funding

Digital Competence Framework - Professional Learning Needs Tool

The Digital Competence framework self assessment tool has now been made available with additional functionality. The Professional Learning Needs Tool – renamed to better reflect its purpose –  helps practitioners identify areas where they feel confident or need development, and gives Headteachers an overview to inform planning.

School Business Manager collaborative pilots

The Welsh Government is seeking applications by Wednesday 28 June for match funding from LAs wishing to take part in School Business Manager collaborative pilots over a two year period.  The pilots will support Head Teachers in clusters of primary schools to more effectively manage their workload and build expertise so Heads can better focus on raising standards.  

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Scheme recruitment

Closing date 10 July 2017

Applications are now invited for the next HLTA scheme.

EOTAS Framework for Action Consultation Events

The draft Education Otherwise Than At School (EOTAS) Framework for Action consultation is live. These proposals are aimed at improving outcomes for learners accessing education otherwise than at school provision. To support this consultation, events are being held on the 14 July and 20 July 2017. Further information regarding these events please contact WELLBEINGshare.

You can book onto the events now.

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.

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. 


New mathematics and science functionality available on Hwb

We are delighted to announce that a mathematics editor has been added to Hwb. You can use this editor to easily type mathematical and scientific notation in resources and playlists.

GCSE Geography 

Resources to support Key Stage 4 GCSE Geography learners to support generic enquiry/research and fieldwork skills in Geography, together with wider skills extending to the Literacy and Numeracy Framework.


New resources for teachers and tutors on CareersWales.com

The new Careers Professionals section on www.careerswales.com supports teachers, tutors and those working within the education sector to deliver their careers and world of work provision. Visit http://www.careerswales.com/en/professionals/ for key careers related documents, information about the Careers Wales Mark, Labour Market Information, Latest News and more.

Have fun on the farm with the Alun yr Arth and his friends app. #Cymraeg

Closing soon

National Network for Excellence in Mathematics (NNEM) Practitioner Researcher Roles

Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 26th June 2017 

The NNEM is keen to recruit enthusiastic and reflective individuals from all phases of mathematics education as practitioner researchers. If you are interested in using action based research to develop mathematics pedagogy, learn more here.

Schools and learners have two weeks left to share their views

Open until 5 July

Centres, learners, and other stakeholders have just two weeks left to take part in a consultation on Qualifications Wales’s regulatory outcomes and the mapping of Conditions. This work helps ensure their regulatory activities focus on learners and the qualification system in Wales.

other education news

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Board Appointment of members

The Education Workforce Council are looking for a number of talented and conscientious committee members to join the ‘Board’, Chaired by Professor John Furlong OBE, that is now responsible for accrediting all programmes of Initial Teacher Education (ITE), leading to Qualified Teacher Status, in Wales.

Data collection on Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) 

The Education Workforce Council is contacting schools and colleges to collect data on SENCOs. Welsh Government will use this information to plan for the proposed Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Bill (ALNET) and associated ALN Transformation Programme. SENCos/headteachers are asked to respond to EWC by 21/7/2017.

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:

Challenging all schoolchildren in Wales to become recycling heroes 

A Home Recycling Challenge, running throughout the Summer, invites Welsh primary schools to encourage their pupils to become recycling heroes, whilst also being in with a chance to win prizes! The challenge run by our delivery partners Recycle for Wales and Wastebuster was launched by TV presenter’s Gethin Jones and Maddie Moate. 



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