Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 20 April 2018 (Issue 522)

20 April 2018 • Issue 522




Finalists of the Professional Teaching Awards have been announced! 

Find out who they are!


Missed the recent National Secondary Headteacher conference?

Films of keynote speeches and presentations are now available.



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  

Secondary Schools  should receive their test materials this week

If they haven't been received by Thursday or if the order is incomplete, schools are asked to contact the Test Order Helpline on 02920 265327. 

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. 


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

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.   

Nominate a student for London Week 2018 competition 

Headteachers are invited to nominate one pupil from either Year 10 or 11 to compete for a place on a unique work experience week in London this July.  Eight successful students will take part in a range of experiences in the city. Closing date for entries is Tuesday 8 May. 

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.

post-16 updates

Apply now for the 2018 Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 

We want to know about your star learners, assessors, tutors and employers; so that we can share your stories of success, help you raise your organisations profile and showcase the value of Apprenticeships, reaching the next generation of learners. Applications close at 12 noon, Friday 4 May 2018

Student finance deadline approaching

The deadline to ensure full-time undergraduates get all their finance in time for the start of their course is 11 May 2018. If their student finance application is late, their money might be too.


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. 

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

Find out more

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.

Free food science summer school

Cardiff Metropolitan University are running a free food science summer school for Year 12 students from 17-19 July. 

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. 



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