Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 20 October 2017 (Issue 508)

20 October 2017 • Issue 508


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Professional Teaching Awards Cymru: celebrating the very best in Welsh education

There are 9 award categories, so please nominate a teaching professional who's making a real difference in your school or education setting, by visiting: 


Closing date: 30 November 2017

FREE posters & web banners to promote #TeachingAwardsCymru


Maximum tuition fee in Wales will remain £9,000 – Kirsty Williams

The maximum university tuition fee in Wales will remain at £9,000, with £26m of government investment to support students and universities over the next two years, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced today (Weds 18th Oct).


Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill – Stage 2 complete!

Last week, the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill took another step towards Royal Assent with the successful completion of Stage 2 of the legislative process.

You can also watch the Committee sessions on the National Assembly’s Senedd TV page.

Online assessments

We would like to thank all of the schools involved in the first stage of trialling the online personalised assessments. The next phase of trialling will take place in early 2018. If you would like your school to be involved in future trialling please contact trials@nationaltests.cymru

Reminder - Has your school received an email invitation to take part in the Schools as Learning Organisations – Nationwide Survey?

If so, we want to hear your views. Don’t miss out on this invaluable opportunity to prepare your school for the new curriculum. The deadline is 27 October, 2017.

EOTAS Conference 2017

1 December  - Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

We have increased numbers for the event’s workshops, so please book your place now!

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 today!

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

CyberFirst Adventurers free one-day development courses - 2018 (Cardiff)

Aimed at students who have not yet made their GCSE choices (11 to 14 year-olds*) and their parents/guardians.  Want to know more? Contact Smallpeice on 01926 333200 or email cyberfirst@smallpeicetrust.org.uk.

Launch of report highlights economic value of FE colleges to Wales

ColegauCymru has released a new report which demonstrates the major financial impact that the sector has on the Welsh economy, estimated to be worth an additional £4 billion every year.

Estyn Peer Inspector training - apply by 27 October 2017

Estyn is looking for primary, independent primary, independent or maintained special and pupil referral unit headteachers or senior leaders to train as Peer Inspectors.

Research bursary pilot scheme

The EWC pilot research bursary scheme has now launched with up to £2,000 of funding is available for each project. Find out more!  If you have any questions or would like more information, email.


Lessons in safer lending and borrowing, 11–19 year olds

Delivering financial education to pupils in secondary school? Take a look at this resource on Hwb.

Further Mathematics Support Programme 

Teachers - if you have a student who would like to study Further Mathematics, the Further Mathematics Support Programme which is funded by the Welsh Government can help you. Contact sarah.grant@swansea.ac.uk / 01792 602855 for further information.



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