Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 2 October 2017 (Issue 506)


02 October 2017 • Issue 506


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New Curriculum for Wales blog post

Education in Wales: Our national mission: 12 things you need to know.


See Kirsty Williams' article for the OECD on the launch of Education in Wales: Our national mission



Changes to National School Categorisation System

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, has announced changes to the National School Categorisation System that will come into force with immediate effect. Read the announcement hereA letter is being issued to all schools with further information on the changes.


The Professional Teaching Awards Cymru are back to celebrate the very best in Welsh education


To nominate a teaching professional doing great work in your area, visit: gov.wales/teachingawardscymru




The new professional standards for teaching and leadership are now available  

Use the online animation and interactive PDF to help you explore and get the most from the new standards.  Animation to help you explore the new Professional Teaching Standards

A ‘made in Wales’ approach to PCET


Are vocational and academic routes equally valued? How important is the Welsh language in education and training? How can we protect the interests of learners? Make sure your students have their say at one of our PCET Reform: Learner Voice Events:

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

To book spaces for your group or for more information contact PCETReform@wales.gsi.gov.uk


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.


Opportunity for schools to take part in international research

The DQ Institute is inviting schools with learners aged 8-12 to participate in international research by enrolling and completing their free online digital citizenship programme before the end of November 2017. 

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft teams is now available through the Hwb Office 365 tenancy. Teams offers a safe and engaging classroom environment for teachers and learners. 

Digital Competence Framework: Data and computational thinking resources

Looking for ideas to get teaching digital competence off to a good start this year? Take a look at these resources created by practitioners for the data and computational thinking strand of the Framework. 

other education news

The next generation of Innovators


Over 2000 students, teachers and businesses are expected to attend the 2017 Innovation Awards, taking place in Cardiff and Bangor next month. The annual competition showcases the most innovative work from Design & Technology students.


WJEC and Welsh Government are working together to encourage innovation within young people.


  • 2 & 3 October - Cardiff, SWALEC Stadium 
  • 16 & 17  November - North Wales, Bangor University.

Shwmae Sumae Day - 15 October 2016 

2 weeks to go!


An opportunity for your school to have fun and share ideas in Welsh.


So, how can your school take part? You can share your school’s Shwmae Sumae day activites on Twitter or on Facebook. Need some Shwmae Sumae inspiration, click here for some ideas  #shwmaesumae

New telephone numbers for Qualifications Wales


From 21 September, the telephone numbers for Qualifications Wales will change. To contact reception please dial 01633 373 222.

Estyn is now on Facebook


Estyn’s new Facebook page, Estyn HMI, will share the latest findings and recommendations for everyone working in education and training.

Code of practice: Ethical employment in supply chains


The commitments in the code help ensure that workers in our supply chains are employed fairly and commits public, private and third sector organisations that receive Welsh Government funding to a set of actions that tackle illegal and unfair employment practices. The supporting guides contain tools and advice to help put the commitments into practice.

Talk Physics - Welsh Physics Teachers Conference


Registration is now open


A free day of presentations and workshops for teachers and technicians.

A wonderful opportunity for teachers and technicians to take part in a wide variety of physics CPD activities. This free day of workshops is open to all teachers, technicians, newly qualified and trainee teachers.

Rail Safety Education

The safety of young people on and around the railway is our priority.and there is never a better opportunity to deliver rail safety lessons in your classroom and become part of a nationwide agenda to reduce rail accidents and fatalities in young people.

Find your free, ready-made lesson plans and assembly presentations here

Governors Wales -Bulletin – September 2017




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