Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 23 November 2017 (Issue 510)

23 November 2017 • Issue 510


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The National Reading and Numeracy Tests ordering system closes tomorrow!

Schools will be able to order test papers by clicking on this linkThe test ordering system will be open until Friday, 24 November 2017.

Find out when the 2018 tests will be taking place along with other important dates


Dusty, unused musical instruments needed for new homes

It's Music Instrument Amnesty Week (20-24 November). We’d love you to donate your once loved, but no longer played instruments. You can find all the drop off points here. #InstrumentsforKids


New Curriculum for Wales blog post

Will Qualifications Change to Respond to the New Curriculum in Wales?

New guidance available – Sexting: Responding to incidents and safeguarding learners 

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Education Working Group has produced guidance in collaboration with the Welsh Government to help schools and colleges in Wales with incidents of sexting. 

Please take part in our Sex and Relationships Education Training Needs Assessment Survey

This survey closes on 29 November.

We encourage all school staff who are responsible for Sex and Relationships Education, Personal and Social Education and safeguarding to take part.

£2.3bn building fund for schools and colleges

The Welsh Government has earmarked a further £2.3bn to modernise education infrastructure.

Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill – Revised Explanatory Memorandum Laid and Updated Impact Assessments published!

Stage 3 proceedings took place in Plenary on,  21 November 2017. Find out more soon.

Find out about the 11 core aims of the Bill and view the updated Impact Assessments.

Global Futures Modern Foreign Languages Mentoring project

The MFL Student Mentoring project, run by Cardiff University and grant funded by Welsh Government, has been awarded the Threlford Cup by the Chartered Institute of Linguists in recognition of work in promoting the learning of languages among school students. To be a part of the project please contact your regional consortia MFL lead.

People Exchange Cymru 

Looking to recruit? Advertise your job on the Welsh Government’s public sector recruitment portal People Exchange Cymru (PEC). PEC is now being extended to the Further Education sector following it's recent launch to schools. To find out more, email.


Students from Wales going to uni next year in the UK will get new financial support

Read on to find out more. 

The Seren Network's ‘Above and Beyond’ conference 

6 and 7 December, Newtown

Students will take part in academic masterclasses, guest lectures and panel discussions. A professional development strand will be delivered for teachers.


Anti-Bullying Resources

Find what anti-bullying resources are available by visiting our anti-bullying webpage here.

Online bullying

Five new playlists about online bullying are now available for children and young people, education practitioners, parents and carers, and governors.

Financial Education Materials 

Please make full use the financial education materials on Learning Wales to identify and highlight opportunities in the curriculum to develop learners financial experiences for Financial Capability week.

The Industrial Revolution in Wales 

Resources that use maps and other sources to support teaching the Industrial Revolution in Wales for Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 learners.

other news

ExChange: Care and Education:  Care Leavers Toolkit

Hosted for providers across the learning and skills sector. Developed by the Learning and Work Institute, the toolkit focuses on provision and support for children and young people in or leaving care. 

Blog: advice about funding, bursaries and other services offered.

Estyn wants your views on Neath Port Talbot education services

Estyn has launched a survey on how well Neath Port Talbot council supports its schools and youth services.

Use film to deliver the DCF : Free Film Literacy and Filmmaking Teacher Training Opportunity - Newtown

Book your places here.

Digital Competence to Northern Ireland- Applications now Open! @BCouncil_Wales

This visit, targeted towards Primary schools in need of additional support to implement the Digital Competence Framework, will allow Welsh practitioners to observe best practice in use of digital technology for cross-curricular learning. For more information and an application form, please contact iepwales@britishcouncil.org

The Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative

Each year, the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative Committee invites all schools in Wales to enter heritage projects in a nationwide competition. To find out more, follow @whsiawards.



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