Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 30 June 2017 (Issue 500)

30 June 2017 • Issue 500


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With a little help for our friends: A hand up with the Digital Competence Framework


Interpreting National Reading and Numeracy test results – animated guide for parents and carers

We have produced a short animation to talk parents and carers through the National Reading and Numeracy Test reports. A link to the animation will be included on the pupil results sheet, but you may wish to share this link on your school’s website for parents and carers.

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.


New commission with responsibility for higher and further education in Wales to be created

Proposals to create a new commission to oversee the higher and further education sector in Wales have been published this week by the Education Secretary Kirsty Williams. #educationreformwales #post16learningwales 

Written Statement - School Term Dates 2018/19

The Cabinet Secretary has decided not to use her powers to direct local authorities and the governing bodies of voluntary aided and foundation schools as to what their term dates must be.  

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Scheme recruitment

Closing date 10 July 2017

Applications are now invited for the next HLTA scheme.

Welsh Government School Uniform Grant Scheme 2017 /18 

Pupils entering Year 7 of maintained secondary schools in Wales in the 2017/18  school year who are eligible for free school meals will be eligible for the school uniform grant; as will pupils in special schools, special needs resource bases and pupil referral units in Wales who are aged 11 at the start of the 2017/18 school year and who are eligible for free school meals.

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.

You can book onto the events now

Further information regarding these events please contact WELLBEINGshare.

post-16 updates


Free to attend, SkillsCymru are Wales’ largest careers, skills and apprenticeship events. Taking place in Llandudno and Cardiff, these highly interactive events provide young people with the opportunity to discover their potential. 

Book your place now via our online form.


Four regional Hwb+ workshops

Each session will explore the current use of the Hwb+ learning platform.  Register here

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.


Bilingual Financial Education Resources available!

You can find useful financial education resources that are available bilingually on Learning Wales and Hwb. These resources can help you and your school to plan and deliver financial education and to also develop schemes of work and appropriate activities so that your pupils develop their financial skills.

CIWB – ISSUE 17 Welsh - The Distant Past 

This is a new issue of Ciwb, (A Welsh Second Language Magazine - KS3). The theme of this issue is “The Distant Past”. Who was the first person to make a pizza – and why, what happened on Mount Kilimanjaro, and why was Carwyn Claude Crawford disappointed? Read and enjoy! 

App of the week

‘Codi Hwyl’ a fun game for Welsh learners and speakers from the age of 7+ @SiarterIaith #Cymraeg


A review of healthy relationships education

This report evaluates how well schools support pupils to develop safe, respectful personal relationships.

A review of the work of the National Centre for Learning Welsh

This report focuses on developments in the Welsh for Adults sector following a national re-organisation.

Learner progress and destinations in independent living skills learning areas in further education colleges 

This report examines the importance of focusing on the independent living skills that young people with learning difficulties and disabilities will need for their future.

Closing soon

Schools and learners have one week 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.

Schools as Learning Organisations – 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 has been invited to complete the short survey, we would welcome your engagement and open and honest feedback.  Please note, we have extended the closing date until 21/07/17.

other education news

Qualifications Wales write to centres about the summer examination series 

News from Global Learning Programme-Wales 

GLP-W supports teachers to develop their learners as ethical and informed citizens of Wales and the world. Our Summer Newsletter includes new case studies exemplifying how pupils have developed their understanding of the impact they have on the world as well as how a rights based-approach has helped pupils focus on global issues and empathise with others.

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:



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