Welsh Government Dysg Pre-11 eNewsletter: 19 April 2018 (Issue 186)

19 April 2018 • Issue 186




Kirsty Williams to outline her Vision and Values for Education at Seminar

Kirsty Williams, AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education will be outlining her vision for schools standards and values in education as part of the Athrofa series of seminars at the Tramshed, Cardiff, at 18:00, Monday 23 April.

To attend, register here

If you can’t be at the event, you will be able to watch live on Periscope via @WG_Education


Professional standards for teaching and leadership 

Look out for the latest poster which will be available for every school in Wales. Download an online introduction to the professional standards for teaching and leadership to find out what they will mean for you.   


The National Network for Excellence in Foundation Phase zone is now live on Hwb!


Foundation Phase nursery: A guide for parents and carers

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  

Primary Schools will receive their test materials week commencing 23 April

Schools are reminded that a balanced curriculum should be maintained in the run-up to the tests and that time spent familiarising learners with test techniques should be kept to a minimum.

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. 


Schools to share in over £90m to help disadvantaged learners

Schools across Wales are to share in over £90m in 2018-19 to help their most disadvantaged learners, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced

Asbestos Management in Schools Guidance – We are seeking your views

We are refreshing our Asbestos Management in Schools guidance to support duty holders with their responsibilities in this field.  We encourage all people who have responsibility for asbestos management in schools and colleges to review the proposed revised guidance, and feedback on its usefulness, relevance and also make any suggestions for improvement at 21stcenturyschools@gov.wales.

A guide to Welsh-medium education and using the language at home

With over 65,000 children in Welsh-medium or bilingual primary schools in Wales, why do parents consider the Welsh language important for their children? We’ve created a guide to Welsh-medium education to help parents begin the bilingual journey:

For those who want to use more Welsh at home, Cymraeg for Kids has also created a helpful songbook and video playlist to sing-along with.

Last reminder: National Academy for Educational Leadership – Endorsement Process Information Day

Friday, 20 April, 2018 | 10:30 - 14:00 Media Resource Centre , Llandrindod Wells

National Academy for Educational Leadership (NAEL) invites all providers to attend the information day which will offer further information on the endorsement process including full guidance and information on how it will work in this initial stage.

The Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP): enabling trainee teachers gain Qualified Teacher Status whilst working within a school

The GTP Policy and Priorities Statement for academic year 2018/19 is now available. Application forms for GTP 2018/19 can be accessed via the Discover Teaching website. Queries regarding making an application for a place on the GTP should be directed to the relevant regional Initial Teacher Education Centre.

Why should you register your Out of School Childcare Club with CIW?

The benefits of registering your Out of School Childcare Club are far reaching, but do you know what the benefits to your school and its families are? Find out more here.

Supporting Service Children in Education Wales Newsletter

The mission of the Supporting Service Children in Education Wales is to provide the best possible educational support to children, by ensuring education professionals understand the issues Service Children in Wales may face. The project is a Welsh Local Government Association project.


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. Contact hwb@gov.wales if you need support migrating your data. 

Use J2bloggy for your school’s public-facing website

Through Hwb, all maintained schools in Wales are able to use the Just2easy Toolsuite. This includes J2bloggy, a fully functioning WordPress website creation platform. 

A teacher's guide to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)  

This guide outlines what the GDPR is, what it means for schools and sets out possible next steps to prepare your school. 

competitions and resources

The NHS is celebrating its 70th birthday on 5 July 2018

There are many activities happening to mark this special occasion including an NHS70 Children’s Drawing competition for primary age children across Wales.

Cymeriadau Difyr

A set of 21 story books for children between 3-5 years old. Each book focuses on helping children to recognise numerals by using fun and exciting methods. This resource is available as a pack or as individual books.

Dawns a Chreu

A resource offering children 3-7 years old opportunities to respond physically to a range of stimuli through music, stories or poetry, in order to foster and develop their physical skills, literacy, promote their creativity and enhance their self-confidence. 

Caneuon Cŵl

A music book containing 30 original songs in different styles for 3 to 5 year olds. The songs have been specifically composed so that they can be used in various areas (both indoors and outdoors) of the Foundation Phase classrooms. There are two books available on gwales.

other news

The School Sport Survey

Taking 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.

New perspectives on safety at school

Take a fresh look at this important issue by examining it from global as well as local perspectives with this new bilingual resource from Global Learning Programme – Wales and Oxfam linked to the Send my Friend to School campaign 2018.

Children's Worlds: An international survey of children's well-being

If your school is one of the 100 primary schools and 50 secondary schools from across Wales that has been selected and invited to participate in the study, your participation is critical.

The purpose of the study is to collect internationally comparative evidence on children's well-being. It asks children about their lives, daily activities and time use. 

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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