Welsh Government Dysg eNewsletter: 21 December (Issue 181)

21 December 2017 • Issue 181



welsh in education plan

Plan to put education at heart of ambition to achieve a million Welsh speakers by 2050

A new plan that puts education at the heart of the Welsh Government’s ambition to achieve one million Welsh speakers by 2050 was published this week by Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan.  Welsh in education Action plan 2017–21


Cabinet Secretary for Education's end-of-year message

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Evaluation of Pupil Development Grant

The third evaluation of the Pupil Development (previously Deprivation) Grant was published on 13 December. The Cabinet Secretary for Education has also published a Written Statement which you can find here.


Education Reform Timeline and Digital Competence Framework  - wall charts

Wall charts for Education Reform and the Digital Competence Framework have been sent to schools this week so please keep a look out for them. These have been designed to share on your staffroom walls and notice boards.

Finding the 'front door' to our new curriculum - Porthcawl Comprehensive School's story as curriculum pioneers this year.

Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, Wales edition

Resource has been successfully piloted by Carers Trust Wales in 8 schools and includes practical tools to improve the identification of learners with caring responsibilities and the provision of appropriate support.

Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill passed

Find out how, Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams intends to implement the new system in Wales. 

First Minister’s Christmas card competition winner announced

The First Minister visited Llanyrafon Primary School in Cwmbran today to spread some Christmas cheer and announce the winner of his Christmas card competition.

Schools as Learning Organisations (SLO) - Nationwide Survey

Hurry, only a few days left to complete this survey. The deadline is  22 December.

If your school has been invited to complete the short survey by email, we would welcome your engagement and open and honest feedback. 

The Future of the Sex and Relationships Education Curriculum in Wales

Recommendations of the Sex and Relationships Education Expert Panel.

£500,000 for Welsh Language Education Resources

£500,000 has been awarded to 22 new projects to deliver new Welsh-medium educational resources, the Cabinet Secretary Education, Kirsty Williams and the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan have announced.

Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) Regional Conferences

The event is solely focused on the development of school business leadership in Wales and is open to School Business Professionals and Headteachers.

  • Cardiff – 22 March 2018
  • Llandudno – 7 June 2018

Your place will be fully funded by the Welsh Government. Please use the following code: CM7m6Opn when making your booking. Please read the T&Cs.


A parents and carer’s guide to safety features for smart TV’s and on-demand  streaming services.

This guide outlines safety considerations for using smart TVs and on-demand streaming services, including ways to use available technology to keep children safe from inappropriate content.  Information to consider when buying a smart TV and the risks involved in using smart TV is also provided.

Online friendships – new playlists available

Children and young people are spending more time online than ever before. These five new playlists explore the complexities of online friendships and provides some useful guidance when connecting online.  The playlists include a range of documents, support services and agencies which schools, colleges and their governors may find helpful.

Digital Dependency 2017

21 lesson plans for Foundation Phase and KS2 to help learners develop skills to manage their use of digital devices. 

Reducing workload: A guide for teachers and headteachers

This guide aims to help all teachers to focus on achieving the greatest impact for learners while reducing teachers' workload.

other news

£2,000 project grants to develop global learning

Would your school be interested in working together with other schools to help deepen knowledge and understanding of global issues?  The Global Learning Programme -Wales is now offering all schools the opportunity to apply for a £2,000 grant to carry out a specific project.  

Active and experiential learning

How well does your school understand good foundation phase practice? Estyn’s new report and film describes effective practice in delivering literacy and numeracy, essential for anyone working in the foundation phase. Discover more



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