Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 19 September 2017 (Issue 505)

19 September 2017 • Issue 505


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Latest Curriculum for Wales blog post 

"If we only had this in England"



In November/December the Cabinet Secretary for Education will be hosting three conferences:

  • 16 November, SSE SWALEC, Cardiff (Central South and EAS)
  • 23 November, Venue Cymru, Llandudno (GwE)
  • 14 December, Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli (ERW)

Headteachers and key education stakeholders are invited.  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 shortly.  


Animation to help you explore the new Professional Teaching Standards

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We are consulting on proposals for a Welsh Language Bill – Have your say 



Creative Learning through the Arts – Creative Collaborations fund

Schools are being reminded to get their applications in for Arts Council of Wales’s ground-breaking Creative Collaboration fund.

Schools and arts, culture and heritage organisations can apply for funding of between £5,000 and £25,000 to develop creative activities that are out of the ordinary and not run-of-the-mill. Find out more.

How well do schools communicate with parents?

By taking part in the survey, you will help Estyn to understand how well this is happening now and what could be improved, and so help to shape future policy.  

PeopleExchangeCymru (PEC)

Schools – save on recruitment costs

Post job adverts for free on People Exchange Cymru. To register to advertise your vacancies, email.

PCET Reform: Learner Voice Events

Help us spread the word so that learners have their say on the future of education and training in Wales. We are running lively and interactive events targeting learners on:

  • 4 October 2017 – The Quay Hotel & Spa, Deganwy
  • 12 October 2017 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

These are key opportunities for your students to have their voice heard. To book spaces for your group or for more information contact PCETReform@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Wales shortlists 30 stars for Apprenticeship Awards Cymru

Thirty star learners, employers and learning providers involved in the delivery of successful skills programmes across Wales have been shortlisted from hundreds of applicants for this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru. Find out who The Apprenticeship Awards 2017 finalists are!


Last few places - Online safety training for designated senior persons for child protection (DSPs)

Register now for half-day online safety training sessions for designated senior persons for child protection (DSPs) taking place across six locations in Wales during September and October.

Online Bullying - Training Events throughout October

Register now for half-day training events across six locations in Wales.

Sessions will focus on how to create effective strategies for tackling online bullying and help you understand what to do if you suspect a child is being bullied online.

Trust me Cymru

Can you trust everything you see or read online?

A new resourceTrust 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.


This week's resources on Hwb



Food and Nutrition (Welsh-language edition)

For the new GCSE: to be taught from September 2016 a textbook to develop students' knowledge and understanding of food and nutrition, improve practical food preparation and cooking skills. A useful resource for preparing students for assessment.

Welsh - Using patterns

Goodness! This is Issue 18 of Ciwb. This time, we’re using patterns from issues 1-17. What are the interesting hobbies? Where does Carwyn Claude Crawford want to go on holidays? Why wear a gas mask on your holidays?

other education news

The implementation of the careers and world of work framework in secondary schools

Read the recommendations from our latest report on how to better support pupils with their career choices.

Have your say - qualifications in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector

Qualifications Wales is currently reviewing GCSEs, A levels and vocational qualifications in ICT, taken by pupils in Wales, and the skills they develop from studying these before starting a career in ICT.

ICT Teacher workshops - North and South Wales

Qualifications Wales is holding two workshop based events for teachers of ICT in North and South Wales (Tŷ Menai in Bangor and Brynteg school in Bridgend). We need your help identifying content and assessment needs for future ICT qualifications for 14-16 year olds. Lunch is provided before a 12.30pm start but places are limited so it will be on a first come, first serve basis. 

Getting it right for every child: A parent’s guide to working with schools”

Adoption UK has published this resource to help adoptive parents work effectively in partnership with education professionals, particularly those in school, and to equip parents with the knowledge and skills to do that.

Discover Teaching 

One stop shop for information for all potential and current teachers Discover Teaching aims to increase the number of teachers here in Wales, by keeping the high quality and teaching standards.   This national campaign is led by the four education consortia in Wales – ERW, EAS, GwE a CSC. It is also being supported by other various partners such as EWC, Careers Wales, USCET and the Welsh Government. If you’d like any more information or have any questions, please contact info@discoverteaching.wales

Connect with a partner school overseas

Why not start the new school year with refreshed teaching approaches and book a FREE Autumn Connecting Classrooms professional learning course? Explore the British Council’s online spaces to set up a partnership with a teacher participating in the programme overseas. You can take your collaboration further by working on a project or applying for a £3,000 grant to work together face-to-face



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