Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 14 July 2017 (Issue 502)

14 July 2017 • Issue 502


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In November the Cabinet Secretary for Education will be hosting two conferences – 16 November, SSE Stadium, Cardiff and 22 November, Venue Cymru, Llandudno for Headteachers and key education stakeholders.  It will be a further opportunity for Headteachers to engage with Welsh Government on our National Education Reform journey.  Please put the date in your diary, further information will follow in September. 


The new professional standards for teaching and leadership are now available.  

You can view the new standards here.


FGM awareness for schools

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

curriculum for wales

A new Curriculum for Wales - view key sessions from this week’s working conference

200 teachers joined Consortia, Estyn and Qualifications Wales in Llandudno this week to share progress, join up the main themes and plan the next steps in development of the forthcoming Curriculum for Wales. Key sessions included an overview of progress, the future direction of qualifications reform, schools as learning organisations, professional learning, development of bilingual resources and next steps for curriculum development. They were streamed live, but the footage can also be watched here https://www.pscp.tv/WG_Education

How will the new curriculum be different for pupils like me? 

See Bethan’s blog post with thoughts on the forthcoming curriculum as she studies under the current one. 

A new Curriculum for Wales – Latest Developments

Six Areas of Learning and Experience will be central to the new Curriculum for Wales. Work on the high level design has been underway, and summary papers describing the thoughts so far feature below.  Summary Papers

national reading and numeracy tests

Personalised numeracy assessments – sign up for trials!

In September and October 2017, we are running the first trial for the new onscreen test questions for procedural numeracy and we are inviting schools to participate.

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


Drive to improve maths in schools launched

A new network for excellence to improve how maths is taught in schools and improve standards has been officially launched (Fri 14th July).  NNEM Hwb Zone

Third of students eligible for maximum grant under new support system

Students from Wales will receive the equivalent of the National Living Wage while they study, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has confirmed this week (Tues 11th July).

Statutory induction for NQTs

Revised guidance is available here for NQTs commencing their induction period on or after 1 September 2017

All Wales Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Educational Settings 

Schools should be aware that Public Health Wales has published new guidance on the prevention and control of infection in educational settings. This replaces the ‘Teach Germs a Lesson’ guidance (2006). The quick guide can be read here and the full guidance can be read here. 

Drinking water in schools - A reminder for schools on their responsibility to provide drinking water.

It is a requirement, under Section 5 of the Healthy Eating in Schools (Wales) Measure 2009, for local authorities to ensure that drinking water is available, free of charge, on the premises of any maintained school.

Healthy Eating in Maintained Schools was published to support the introduction of the Measure, and contains practical information to support the delivery of healthy eating in schools. 

Consistent measures for post-16 in Wales

The summary of consultation responses is now available

Written Statement

Updated parent and carers guides now online

Please upload and share links to the electronic versions of the guides on your school's website 

How was school today? Secondary aged 11-14 

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


National Digital Learning Event 2017

View videos, presentations and resources from last month’s National Digital Learning Event. The day included an opening address by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams; a keynote talk from John Jackson from London Grid for Learning; the National Digital Learning Awards, workshops and a digital marketplace.

Book now: Online safety training events for designated senior persons for child protection (DSPs)

In partnership with Welsh Government, SWGfL will be offering this new half-day training event for designated senior persons for child protection (DSPs) across six locations in Wales. Taking place in September and October this year, these sessions will focus on appropriately managing online safety issues in your school. Book your place now on the events section Online Safety Zone on Hwb.  

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

Two new training modules in the Keeping learners safe e-learning suite are now available. These modules focus specifically on how to keep learners safe online. You can find the playlists in the Online Safety Zone on Hwb or click on the links below.

Trust me Cymru

A new resource – Trust me Cymru – aims to help upper KS2 primary and secondary teachers educate children and young people to critically evaluate inaccurate online information, including content that seeks to deliberately influence their opinions.  


KS3 Making new laws for Wales

Learn about the Assembly’s law-making powers. 5 short activities to help learners choose their favourite laws and to make their own laws for Wales

KS4 Bacc in the Bay

Activity to debate waste management in Wales. Learners to consider their own personal standpoint and suggest recommendations for change.

National Assembly for Wales: School Council ambassadors

Find out how your school council can become Assembly School Council Ambassadors. Learn about the Assembly and write a blog for the Your Assembly website.

other education news

Governors Wales E-Bulletin – June 2017

There are approximately 21,500 governors in Wales, it would be great to think that all governors in Wales have joined our mailing list, so why not spread the word to your colleagues! Register for the Governors Wales Mailing List

Financial education in primary and secondary schools in Wales

This report evaluates the quality and provision of financial education in schools. 

Help for Schools and Teachers with the “Whole School Approach” to Domestic Abuse

All Welsh schools need to develop a “whole school approach to VAWDASV 2015 legislation. The Spectrum Team work across Wales delivering free VAWDASV and healthy relationships sessions to students, and are now hoping to provide free tailored digital resources for all Welsh schools. Please let them know what resources you need by completing their consultation

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

There are 70 secondary schools in Wales who still haven’t claimed their FREE British Heart Foundation Cymru CPR training kit. 

Is your school eligible to receive this valuable resource containing up to 35 manikins and supporting resources worth over £1,300? Contact Rachel at piggottr@bhf.org.uk to find out now.



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