Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 4 October 2017 (Issue 177)

4 October 2017 • Issue 177




New Curriculum for Wales blog post

Education 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 

Join the conversation with #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

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.

Do you need support to delivery financial education in your school?

These materials identify and highlight opportunities in the curriculum to develop learners' financial experiences. Take a look!

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. 

Design the First Minister’s official Christmas card this year

Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales is inviting children from Years 3 and 4 in primary school to design his official Christmas card this year. 

The winner will get the opportunity to meet the First Minister and will receive a signed framed copy of their entry.

The closing date for the competition is Friday 10 November 2017. 


Shwmae Sumae Day - 15 October 2017

Over a week 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

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.

Governors Wales Bulletin - September 2017



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