Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 10 October 2017 (Issue 507)

10 October 2017 • Issue 507


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The latest edition of our Curriculum for Wales stakeholder newsletter is now available

September 2017: Issue 08


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 here. A letter is being issued to all schools with further information on the changes.

Schools as Learning Organisations –Nationwide Survey

Welsh Government will soon be launching a third survey in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD.  The survey aims to support the transition to the new curriculum. If your school has been invited to complete the short survey by email this week, we would welcome your engagement and open and honest feedback. 

EOTAS Conference 2017

1 December  - Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

A great opportunity to hear from key speakers, including Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education, about the improvements being made to EOTAS.  Delegates will be invited to contribute to the discussions in a choice of workshops. 

Register for Civic Mission Summit - Cardiff 25 October 2017

Welsh Government in association with Cardiff University invite you to hear about the latest developments in the civic mission of higher education from key speakers such as Professor Ellen Hazelkorn and Professor John Goddard as well as the views of the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AC/AM.  

Begin the bilingual journey

With over 65,000 children in Welsh-medium or bilingual primary schools in Wales, why do parents consider the Welsh language important for their children? Download the guide for more information.

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SkillsCymru 2017

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff ar yr 11/12 Hydref 2017

There is still time to book your students a free place at SkillsCymru 2017, Wales' largest careers, skills and apprenticeship event!

PCET Reform: Animated Guide for Learners

View and share our learners’ guide to the proposals for PCET Reform.

Help your learners contribute to the consultation by attending our highly interactive Learner Voice event:

  • 12 October 2017 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff 

There is still time to book spaces for your group or for more information contact PCETReform@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Apprenticeship Awards

Friday 20 October 2017, Celtic Manor.

Celebrating the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in their contribution to the Welsh Government’s Employability and Apprenticeship programmes. Thirty star learners, employers and learning providers have been shortlisted. 

Consultation: Help protect the interests of learners in Wales 

Take part in the consultation, ends 23 October 2017. 



Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018 competition now open

The SID 2018 Competition is an opportunity for young people to tell us how the internet makes them feel through words, film, music or art. 

Online Safety Action Plan –We need learners' views by 20 October

To inform the development of the national online safety action plan, we want to hear from children and young people. 

How to keep myself safe online – new Playlists available

Five new Playlists are now available to support children, young people, education practitioners, parents and carers and governors to stay safe online.  

A Teachers Guide to the benefits of 360 degree safe Cymru

This guide explores the benefits of using 360 degree safe Cymru, the bilingual online safety self-review tool. 


People’s Collection Wales (PCW) on Hwb

We’re pleased to announce that you can now access PCW resources through Hwb. 

Hwb events 2017-18

The Welsh Government are providing funding to the Regional Educational Consortia across Wales to enable them to offer local tailored Hwb related events in line with their schools’ needs.

Digital Competence Framework: Interacting and collaborating resources

Looking for ideas for teaching digital competence this year? Take a look at these resources created by practitioners for the interacting and collaborating strand of the Framework.


An introduction to financial education – Training Materials

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

These materials identify and highlight opportunities in the curriculum to develop learners’ financial experiences.

Money Advice Service – Teachers Outcomes Framework

The Money Advice Service has developed a series of outcomes frameworks and measurement tools to help provide a standardised way of measuring the impact of financial education. This includes a Teachers Outcomes Framework, which identifies the key outcomes and indicators that will help enhance teachers skills, knowledge and understanding.   

Seicoleg Uwch Gyfrannol

Welsh version of Psychology U2 textbook available now !

A valuable Resource to develop students understanding and a useful support for studying towards WJEC exams.

App of the week: Magi Ann 

Winner of Best Education Project at the 2017 National Lottery Awards #Cymraeg2050

other education news

Estyn - Good practice in the humanities

Read the good practice case studies in our latest report on history and geography at key stages 2, 3 and 4.

Estyn - Science at key stage 3 and key stage 4

Our new report looks at the standards, provision and leadership in science at key stage 3 and key stage 4. It considers a range of factors that contribute to improving standards.

Leadership matters - the future of education leadership in Wales

The EWC is holding a policy briefing on headteachers and leadership in Wales. 

This event is for all stakeholders with an interest in education policy and headteacher/senior leader issues.  For more information, contact events@ewc.wales or 029 2046 0099

Europe CodeWeek: 17-22 October

Europe CodeWeek is a grassroots initiative which aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way. Find out more about how you can take part.

The next generation of Innovators

16 & 17 November - North Wales, Bangor University.

Over 2000 students, teachers and businesses are expected to attend the 2017 Innovation Awards, taking place in Bangor this month. Find out more.



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