Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 14 March 2018 (Issue 519)

14 March 2018 • Issue 519




“Let’s work together and seize the opportunity of devolved teachers’ pay and conditions” – Kirsty Williams

The devolution of teachers’ pay and conditions is an opportunity to elevate the status of the teaching profession in Wales, says Education Secretary Kirsty Williams.


Do you know of someone who's always wanted to teach but they're unsure whether to take the leap? 

Our teacher training incentives can make a big difference to your day-to-day costs, meaning you can focus on realising your ambition. #DiscoverTeaching today

National reading and numeracy tests

Online Personalised Assessments – Take part in the trials

We are looking for schools to take part in the upcoming adaptive trials for the new procedural numeracy online personalised assessments, which will be introduced in schools next academic year. If your school would like to volunteer please email trials@nationaltests.cymru

Numerical Reasoning: Supported Marking Service 2018

Once again in 2018 there will be a Supported Marking Service for the Year 7 to 9 Numerical Reasoning Tests. 


Kirsty Williams announces £14 million for school repairs

Schools are to receive £14 million for small scale repairs and maintenance under plans announced by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams.

Legislative Proposal To Remove The Defence Of Reasonable Punishment 

Consultation closes 2 April 2018

To gain your feedback on the development of the legislative proposal, the Welsh Government has arranged a series of ‘Table Talk’ Regional Workshops. 

Reminder: Promoting Equality and Tackling Racism in your School

Factsheets available on Learning Wales Welsh Government and Show Racism the Red Card have produced 4 brief guides to appropriate terminology, equality duties, and identifying and reporting a racist incident.

Less than 2 weeks left to submit your entry for the National Digital Learning Council’s Pupil Award 2018 

Don’t forget to submit your entry for the National Digital Learning Council’s Pupil Awards 2018 by 17.00 on 23 March 2018

Welsh Government commissions research into teacher recruitment and retention 

From now until end of May, Beaufort will be contacting a number of primary and secondary schools, ITE Centres, universities and stakeholders in Wales to ask for their input into the project. We really hope that if you are contacted, you’ll be able to take the opportunity to input into this important study.

post-16 updates

Apprenticeships Awards Cymru 2018

Applications for the 2018 awards are now open 

The Awards offer individuals and organisations the chance to be recognised and rewarded for their commitment, hard work, achievements and success in the Welsh Government’s Employability and Apprenticeship programmes. Get your application in now.

online safety

A teacher’s guide to engaging parents and carers in online safety 

This guide, written by current staff members in Model CIW school in Carmarthen give some practical suggestions drawn from their own experiences

A parent and carer’s guide to sharing information and images online 

This guide highlights the issues with ‘oversharing’ your child’s digital records. Many parents and carers share images of their children online, what you share can have a variety of impacts on your child’s privacy and employability. This article explores these and offers practical and supportive ideas.


Hwb+ is being withdrawn from the Hwb toolset. 

If you are actively using the Hwb+ learning platform for activities other than user management (usernames and passwords), you will need to migrate your data to other Hwb tools by Friday, 25 May 2018. We are running regional workshops to support schools with exporting data from Hwb+.

File Management tools in Hwb Networks and Classes 

Many Networks are really busy with a large number of files; we’re making it easier to manage them! We’ve taken your feedback on board and we’re delighted to announce that we have enhanced the way that files are managed in Hwb Networks and Classes.

British Science Week 

This year British Science Week runs from 9-18 March 2018. Here is a selection of science resources on Hwb to help you get involved with this event.

other news

Qualifications Wales calls for teachers and tutors of ICT in Wales

Qualifications Wales needs your help identifying whether the current ICT qualifications for 16-19 year-olds in Wales are fit for purpose – and what they should look like in future. Teachers and tutors of these qualifications are invited to take part in a workshop to be held in Newtown, Powys on Tuesday 17 April 2018, 11am - 3pm. 

Health & Social Care engagement events – Levels 2-5

As part of its work to develop new approval criteria for Health & Social Care and Childcare qualifications in Wales, Qualifications Wales is engaging with practitioners, employers, training providers, teachers and lecturers in the sector, via a series of events, to ask for their feedback on our proposals. 

Following the publication of its report Building the Future, Qualification Wales invites stakeholders to share their views 

The consultation closes at 18:00 on 13 April.

Professionals Breaking the Silence: Supporting professionals dealing with children’s disclosures of abuse 

The survey closes on Sunday 25 March 2018. NSPCC would like invite you to complete its survey on professionals’ experiences of listening to children and receiving disclosures of abuse and neglect. www.nspcc.org.uk

The deadline for submitting Inspire! Awards 2018 nominations has been extended, please submit your nominations by Friday, 23 March!

News from Global Learning Programme-Wales 

The Spring newsletter includes links to new resources marking International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month which both take place in March.



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