Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 29 January 2018 (Issue 515)

29 January 2018 • Issue 515




How Estyn supports curriculum reform – see our blog!


Top Story! Bryn Deri Primary School has latest on new curriculum.


Estyn Report shows Welsh education is uniting in a mission of self-improvement - Kirsty Williams

Estyn Report shows Welsh education is uniting in a mission of self-improvement - Kirsty Williams


Take Time to Talk, Listen and Play Welsh

Government launches new campaign aimed at parents backed with £700,000 support for schools.


We need your views relating to school teachers pay and conditions in Wales Consultation end date: 1 March 2018

THIS IS ME campaign launched to challenge gender stereotypes and prevent abuse

A new Welsh Government multi-media campaign has been launched today (29 January 2018) to tackle some of the underlying reasons for violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Welsh Language Music Day (Dydd Miwsig Cymru) – 9 February 2018  – 2 weeks to go!

An opportunity for your school to have fun and celebrate Welsh Language music. Visit the website for posters, playlists and to find out what’s happening in your area and for inspiration. Remember to share your school’s activities on Twitter or on Facebook using the hashtag #DyddMiwsigCymru

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.

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

Educational destinations of Key Stage 4 and post-16 learners 

This report provides an update on the development of a post-16 learner destination measure and presents a new set of education destinations data for the 2014/15 academic year. 

VQ Awards 2018: nominations invited 

If you know of individuals who have used their vocational qualifications to achieve beyond their peers, a trainer who has supported learners on their journey, then we encourage you to put them forward for one of the four 2018 VQ Awards. 


Adding Google for Education to Hwb  

G Suite for Education will be added to Hwb but we will continue to offer popular tools like:

  • Office 365 
  • Just2easy 
  • Hwb Playlists 
  • Classes  
  • Networks 

New Hwb features

Soon to be coming to Hwb will be:

  • File Management tools in Networks
  • Auto-subscription to Network alerts
  • Tools to organise playlists
  • Search function improvements

    National Digital Learning Awards 2018 

    This year there will be one award category – the National Digital Learning Council’s (NDLC) Pupil Award 2018. Application forms and guidance will be available on Hwb from 29 January 2018 until the closing date of Friday 23 March 2018 at 17.00View last year’s winners


    Do you need support to deliver financial education in your school?  

    These materials identify and highlight opportunities in the curriculum to develop learners’ financial experiences.

    Chinese New Year 2018:  Chinese in Wales Association (CIWA) 

    This educational pack has been designed to help learners and students better understand and celebrate Chinese New Year. Through this project further cohesion and confidence between two communities can be achieved. 

    other news

    Approved British Sign Language (BSL) courses available! 

    The Qualifications in Wales (QiW) database contains details of BSL courses that are approved for teaching in Wales on publicly funded courses.

    Schools & Youth Groups - Children's Mental Health Week 2018 

    The theme of Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 (5-11 Feb) is #BeingOurselves. Visit the webpage for a range of ideas to help your school or youth group get involved.  

    The Living Streets WOW badge competition

    Closing date of the competition is Friday 16 March 2018

    Get involved for your chance to win a year of walking badges for your school.

    Want an 'Enterprise Award' to encourage your pupils?

    Closing date 11/05/18 

    Tell Big Ideas Wales about your enterprise activity and receive a digital Award for being an Enterprising School and a chance for your pupils to showcase their ideas!!  

    Conference: Inspiring Food Teaching Now and in the Future

    Saturday 24 March in Cardiff.

    For information and to book, contact Hybu Cig Cymru on 01970 625050 or eroberts@hccmpw.org.uk



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