Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 16 January 2018 (Issue 514)

16 January 2018 • Issue 514




Latest education reform newsletter now available 

The latest stakeholder newsletter gives updates on all aspects of education reform, from new curriculum and professional learning to leadership and accountability.


Missed the recent Curriculum for Wales: Turning the corner conferences?

Don’t worry you can watch the speeches from Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, Professor Mark Priestley, Dr Dylan Jones and Professor Dame Alison Peacock.


Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board meets for the first time

Last week saw the first meeting of our Board, please find out more about their work here.


Vacancies for National Academy for Educational Leadership (NAEL)

Chief Executive for the (NAEL) - Closing date 21/1/18  

Appointment of Chair - National Academy for Educational Leadership – closing date 11/2/18

Appointment of Board Members - National Academy for Educational Leadership – closing date 11/2/18

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.

Watch the Education Secretary's #AskKirsty speech in full (and her Q&A with student-teachers) via the Athrofa website

Teacher training incentives – information for students

Guidance on the grants available for eligible students who start full time pre-service PGCE initial teacher education courses 2018/19

Legislative Proposal To Remove The Defence Of Reasonable Punishment

Closing Date: 2 April 2018

Welsh Government is seeking views on plans to end the physical punishment of children in Wales as part of a much wider package of measures supporting children to have the best start in life, and supporting parents to do the best job they can.

Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill passed

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

Effective management of workforce attendance

Now updated, this guidance provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities, with regards to attendance management, of all those involved in the education of children and young people.

Showcase your enterprising, talented students to the Nation with Big Ideas Celebrated! 

Submit your entry now!

Institute of School Business Leadership Regional Conferences 2018

This event has been prepared specifically for School Business Professionals and Headteachers in Wales and will be addressed by Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education. 

Use code CM7m6Opn to book your free place and find out more by clicking the relevant links below.

post-16 updates

VQ Awards 2018: nominations invited

The VQ Awards celebrate those who use technical, practical and vocational qualifications to achieve success and will recognise the achievements of individuals and employers across four different categories: Learner (intermediate) Learner (Higher), Trainer and Employer.


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

Self-esteem and wellbeing in a digital world - Resource pack for schools to run a workshop for parents & carers

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other news

Health and Social Care engagement sessions

Engagement events for the new suite of Health & Social Care and Childcare qualifications.

Estyn wants your views on how well Denbighshire Council supports its schools and youth services. Take part.

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. 

Learning and Work Institute have launched the 2018 Inspire! Adult Learning Awards nominations in Wales.

Closing date 16 March 2018

For more information about the categories and on how to nominate, visit the website. 

FairPlay Employer Benchmark survey

Your responses will help Chwarae Teg understand and benchmark workplace gender equality and diversity in Wales.



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