Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 7 July 2017 (Issue 501)

7 July 2017 • Issue 501


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Watch live! New Curriculum conference

On Monday 10th  and Tuesday 11th Julyall partners and Pioneer Schools will share progress at a conference in Llandudno. Key presentations from Qualifications Wales and Professional Learning Pioneers can be watched live on periscope sessions via Twitter at: @WG_Education

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New Blog post from Graham Donaldson - Wales leads the way on reform

Education reform is at the top of government agendas across the world.

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National Test Results 

The National Reading and Numeracy Test results for 2017 are now available for primary and secondary schools to download along with a guidance for practitioners which may be helpful to use when discussing test outcomes with parents/carers. Documents also being made available at the end of this week are the “Calculating the Learners’ Scores” tables, Pupil Results Sheet template and age-calculator.

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

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

National Tests 2018

The dates for the 2018 National Tests have been set as follows:

  • Secondary Schools: 25 April – 9 May 2018
  • Primary Schools: 2 – 9 May 2018
  • Middle Schools: 25 April – 9 May 2018


Kirsty Williams raises the issue of FGM with schools

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has written to all schools in Wales to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Updated parent and carers guides now online

Please upload and share links to the electronic versions of the guides on your school's website ready for next term. #HowWasSchool

£4.2m to boost teaching of Welsh

The Welsh Government is investing an extra £4.2m to support the teaching and learning of Welsh and subjects through the medium of Welsh.

Drive to improve education at heart of Estyn review

An independent review of the role of Estyn in supporting education reform has today been announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams and the Chief Inspector, Meilyr Rowlands.

PeopleExchangeCymru (PEC)

The Welsh Government’s free public sector recruitment portal PeopleExchangeCymru (PEC) pilot is being extended to all secondary

schools. This will enable them to easily and quickly advertise their vacancies across Wales from the start of the new academic year. Registration packs and logon details can be obtained by contacting peopleexchangecymru@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Open Consultation - Regulations on sharing student information

25 days left for you to respond

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Scheme recruitment

Closing date 10 July 2017

Applications are now invited for the next HLTA scheme.

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.

Final reminder for Key Stage 4 and 16-18 Local Curriculum Offers

Careers Wales Online is now open for schools and FE colleges to upload their Key Stage 4 and 16-18 local curriculum offer course information. Please ensure that this process is completed and all local curriculum offers have been confirmed by Friday 21st July using The Careers Wales Online system.

Hwb/hwb resources

New Keeping learners safe modules: Online safety for practitioners and governors

Each playlist provides all education practitioners and governors with a sound introduction to online safety. They provide a background to the safeguarding issues that can occur online and detail some of the apps and services young people use.

Learning in Digital Wales Hwb+ Learning Platform Survey

Please encourage your colleagues to complete this survey which should take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete.

Religious Education e-magazine

Here is the latest edition of a Welsh-medium online magazine for students and teachers of Religious Studies at Key Stage 3. The magazine will be available termly and will be free of charge on Hwb.


The story of Hedd Wyn

New resources are now available on Hwb and gwales.com which tell the story of Welsh poet, Hedd Wyn. Click on the links below to access these resources!

The resources were produced by The National Library of Wales and include tasks for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils.

World War 1 and Hedd Wyn

Written to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele and the death of renowned poet Hedd Wyn on 31 July 1917, this KS 2/3 resource available from Global Learning Programme-Wales asks why the Great War is called the First World War and investigates the global extent of the conflict.

other education news

Watch Estyn’s animation about changes to inspection

This short film highlights how inspections of schools and work-based learning providers are changing from September.

A quick reminder for all of the 207 secondary schools in Wales that have joined the School Health Research Network…

Register by Friday July 21st for the Student Health and Wellbeing Survey due to take place September – December 2017. The results will feed into your invaluable Student Health and Wellbeing Reports. Any queries? Contact the team at shrn@cardiff.ac.uk

Have you registered your defibrillator?

If your school has a defibrillator, please register it online with the Welsh Ambulance Service.  This will help 999 operators direct callers to the nearest defibrillator for use whilst the ambulance is on its way.  ‘Be a Defib Hero’ and register yours here before the end of term.

Have you claimed your FREE British Heart Foundation Cymru CPR training kit

Containing manikins, cleaning materials and an easy to follow DVD, this important teaching resource is worth over £1,300. Contact Rachel at piggottr@bhf.org.uk to see if your secondary school is eligible to claim your free kit.

History Teacher Tour

The German Embassy London and the Federal Foreign Office, annually organise a professional trip for teachers of history to Berlin. The purpose of the tour is to give participants a wide-ranging impression of present-day Germany, as a background for teaching German history. Applications are now open until 8 September. 



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