Welsh Government Dysg Pre-11 eNewsletter: 23 March 2018 (Issue 185)

23 March 2018 • Issue 185



Pupil Award 9090

Last chance today to apply for 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.


Teachers are the secret to success for a new curriculum – Mick Waters explains on our blog 


“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.


This week, you should receive your ‘Ready to Learn’ packs for children starting Primary School

Packs have been distributed to primary schools, sessional day care providers and nurseries. If you’d like more packs please email.

national reading and numeracy tests

National Reading and Numeracy Tests 2018 

Test window dates Primary schools: 2–9 May 2018

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.  


Statutory Assessment Arrangements for the Foundation Phase and Key Stages 2 and 3 – AMENDED 

Guidance regarding valid assessment outcomes for the end of the Foundation Phase has been updated to reflect changes implemented from 2017/18 as set out in the Foundation Phase Framework.

From 2017/18, learners at the end of Foundation Phase will be assessed against the revised outcome statements for Language, Literacy and Communication Skills and Mathematical Development. These include the three additional statements (Foundation Phase Outcome Bronze, Foundation Phase Outcome Silver and Foundation Phase Outcome Gold).  

On 28 March, Kirsty Williams will launch a new network which aims to improve the teaching and learning of the Foundation Phase across all schools and education settings in Wales

A new online community learning zone has also been established to facilitate the sharing of information, resources and research between practitioners. The zone will also host 20 new case studies including three short films which showcase effective practice in five key areas of practice: child development, environment experiences, leadership, pedagogy and Welsh language.  Future updates will be published in pre11 DYSG.

The Childcare Offer for Wales

What will the Childcare Offer be? 

We intend to provide 30 hours a week of Government funded early education and childcare for eligible working parents of 3 and 4 year olds in Wales, for up to 48 weeks of the year.  

Research Into the Deployment of Classroom Based Support Staff in Primary Schools in Wales 

Cardiff Metropolitan University has been commissioned by the Welsh Government to undertake research into the deployment of classroom based Learning Support Workers (LSWs) in primary schools in Wales. Find out more about the aims of the research and how you (or your school) might become involved in the Research. 

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.


Hwb+ is being withdrawn from the Hwb toolset 

Are you using a Hwb+ public facing website? Find out about moving your website to J2bloggy  

Auto-subscription to alerts for Hwb Networks 

Did you know you can subscribe to receive e-mail notifications from the networks and classes? We’ve changed the way members receive notifications from the default of ‘Never’ to ‘Once a week’. 

Y Cliciadur 

An exciting new on-line newspaper for KS2 pupils, containing a number of different articles.


Interactive activities on the Easter story and how Christians celebrate Easter today suitable for Foundation Phase. 

Drowning of Tryweryn  

Resources from The National Library of Wales collections to present the history of the drowning of Tryweryn to learners of all ages. 

other news

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

Supporting Service Children in Education (SSCE) All Wales Conference

12 June 2018 - Cardiff City Stadium 

The SSCE Cymru conference is aimed at schools, education professionals, local authorities and support organisations that work with or want to understand more about Armed Forces Children and their families. 

SCiP Alliance Launches Stakeholder Consultation 

If you have Service children in your school, please complete this short questionnaire on the by 3 April to inform Service Children’s Progression Alliance Research's work.

The School Sport Survey will take place again in 2018 and every school in Wales is being urged to take part

Hay Festival Schools Programme 

FREE events on 24 & 25 May for pupils in  Key Stages 2, 3 & 4. 

Designed to inspire learners of all ages, the festival is free to all maintained schools where pupils and teachers will have the opportunity to meet amazing authors from a wide range of fields. 

2018 Chorus Applications Now Open

Closing date - 30 March 2018

The Aloud charity is inviting pupils currently in Years 5 and 6 to apply for an audition to be part of the pan Wales choral initiative, Only Kids Aloud. 

Has your school entered the Enterprise Troopers competition yet to claim your Enterprise Award?   

Tell us what you have done by 11 May and your pupils could also be selected to represent your school at one of the Regional Events we are now very excited to announce!!  

  • 12 June 2018    *   Llandudno, Venue Cymru 
  • 19 June 2018    *   Blaenavon Workmen's Hall 
  • 21 June 2018   *   Pembrokeshire, Folly Farm 
  • 22 June 2018  *   Newtown, The Hafren 
  • 3 July 2018     *  NATIONAL FINAL (secret venue) Cardiff  


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