Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 07 July 2017 (Issue 173)

07 July 2017 • Issue 173



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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.


Ready to Learn

‘Ready to Learn’ packs Packs have been distributed to primary schools, sessional day care providers and nurseries

Produced as part of a campaign targeting parents and carers, the new Ready to learn packs have been produced with helpful tips and suggestions on practical things that can be done at home to develop the necessary skills and help settle in at school. The pack includes a leaflet for parents an activity chart for parents and carers to work through with their child.

There’s also a short animation  and a link gov.wales/readytolearn you can share on your school’s social media channels.

If you’d like more packs please email

National reading and numeracy tests

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 or setting'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.

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

These modules focus specifically on how to keep learners safe online.

Each playlist will provide 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.


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.

App of the Week

Here’s an app that helps with learning the alphabet and practising handwriting skills #Cymraeg


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.

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.



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