Welsh Government DYSG pre-11 eNewsletter: 12 October 2017 (Issue 178)

12 October 2017 • Issue 178




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

September 2017: Issue 08


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.


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. 

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.

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.

DVLA Coding Challenge 

The DVLA Code Challenge is aimed at all primary school children aged 7-11 in Wales. Teams of up to five, from schools and community-based code clubs, are being invited to showcase their programming skills by designing a computer game from scratch, based around one of 4 different themes set by the event’s sponsors.


Leadership matters - the future of education leadership in Wales

The EWC is holding a policy briefing on headteachers and leadership in Wales - Thursday, 14 December, 2017 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

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.

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.   

App of the week: Magi Ann 

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

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.

Free Safe Havens training from Global Learning Programme-Wales

27 October at the Novotel, Cardiff

This free event is designed to improve knowledge and understanding of population movements including refugees and asylum seekers, empower participants to tackle racism and islamophobia, and share effective practice and resources. Email to book a place by 17 Oct at the latest.



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