Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 16 February 2018 (Issue 517)

16 February 2018 • Issue 517




£100m to deliver 21st Century Schools

£100m is to be invested over the next three years to accelerate the delivery of the flagship 21st Century Schools and Education programme.



Online Personalised Assessments – Expert Panel Events (Reading – English) 

Swalec Stadium, Cardiff on the 7 and 8 March

We are looking for teachers of English and literacy who can attend an expert panel in order to review and select appropriate texts for the new online Reading Personalised Assessments that will be available from 2019/20

Do you support learners with additional learning needs (ALN)?

A Welsh Government commissioned survey is currently gathering the views of professionals involved in supporting children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD). The survey will be open until 26 February 2018.

Iaith athrawon yfory incentive scheme 2018 (2018 No.42)

This scheme will target support to secondary PGCE student teachers who are training to teach all subject specialisms through the medium of Welsh or bilingually commencing September 2018 is available. The full guidance on the scheme will be available in the summer.

School Performance Reporting – Early Entry Frequently Asked Questions and Bulletin 4 published

We have recently published a school performance reporting bulletin updating stakeholders on changes to school performance reporting policies.  A Frequently Asked Questions document is also available providing further detail about changes to early entry and the impact on performance measures.

We need your views relating to school teachers pay and conditions in Wales

Consultation end date: 1 March 2018

The National Digital Learning Council’s Pupil Award 2018

Have pupils in your school used technology in an innovative way? Apply now for the National Digital Learning Council's Pupil Award. Applications close on Friday 23 March at 17.00.

post-16 updates

14-19 Learning Pathways: Learning and Skills (Wales) Measure reporting requirements – 2018/19

The 2018/19 Key Stage 4 and post-16 local curriculum offer information must be input on Careers Wales Online by 31 March 2018. Guidance documents can be accessed here. The desk instructions, which include information for all support queries, can be accessed here.

VQ Awards 2018: nominations invited

The VQ Awards celebrate those who use technical, practical and vocational qualifications to achieve success. Take a look at the stories of previous VQ finalists and winners. Do you know a VQ trainer, learner or employer who deserves recognition in 2018? Nominate them now


Hwb+ will be retired from the Hwb toolset in August 2018

If you are actively using Hwb+ for activities other than user management (usernames and passwords), please refer to the guides below for information about exporting data from Hwb+.

If your school has a Hwb+ public facing website and you require advice, please e-mail hwb@gov.wales and include your school name, a contact name and telephone number.

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

Recommended web filtering standards for schools in Wales

We have recently carried out a review of the 2015 recommended web filtering standards for schools in Wales, which underline our view on safeguarding learners online.


William Jones PI

A series of cases to solve with the detective William Jones P.I. Welsh language activities which develop reasoning and problem solving skills for children between 11 and 14 years old. This app is only available in Welsh.

River Processes - Erosion and Transportation

A PowerPoint file explaining how a river erodes and transports its load.

other news

Tackle Islamophobia in your School

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has worked with young Muslims to create videos and lesson resources to tackle Islamophobia in your school.

There's still time to take part in #tennerchallenge 

Sign up before 19 February

What can your students do with a tenner? The Challenge provides the perfect learning opportunity to develop young people’s employability, confidence + problem-solving skills.

Education Workforce Council are recruiting Fitness to Practise panel members 

Training is provided - closing date 12 March
The EWC is recruiting additional practitioners from all our registrant groups to sit as panel members and make important decisions about their peers’ fitness to practise. This means hearing cases about professional misconduct, incompetence or criminal offences, and deciding upon the suitability of those applying for EWC registration. 

Get ready for Fairtrade Fortnight 

26 February to 11 March, 2018

This year’s theme is “Open the Door to Fairtrade!” The theme focuses on supporting the farmers and workers who grow our food and asks how we can produce and consume goods in a fairer, more ethical and sustainable way.  Global Learning Programme – Wales has put together a comprehensive list of teaching and learning resources to support schools.



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