Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 23 March 2018 (Issue 520)


23 March 2018 • Issue 520



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PDG allocations published

The Cabinet Secretary for Education has written to all schools to inform you of further improvements to the Pupil Development Grant and confirm your allocations.


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 b17.00.  


The challenge of making a new curriculum work: we’re professionals, let’s enjoy it! 

National reading and numeracy tests

National Reading and Numeracy Tests 2018

Test window dates for 2018 


  • Primary schools: 2–9 May 
  • Secondary schools: 25 April – 9 May  

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. 


OECD and Estyn to develop self-evaluation framework for teachers  

Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, has announced that OECD and Estyn will be working on a new self-evaluation framework for teachers. 

See the keynote speech, here.

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). 

Welsh Government launch first Organ Donation pack for secondary Schools

The first organ donation education resource for schools in Wales has been launched by the Welsh Government in Penyrheol Comprehensive in Swansea. 

post-16 updates

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


We’ve created this handy video to explain the new financial support package for eligible first time undergraduates.


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’. 

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

The School Sport Survey will take place again in 2018

Every school in Wales is being urged to take part and give their pupils a voice on matters concerning their future health and wellbeing.  http://sportwales.org.uk/

Blue Planet II: The science behind the BBC Series 

OU Lecture, Cardiff 28 March 

Book your place now! 

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. 

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.



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