Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 30 April 2018 (Issue 523)

30 April 2018 • Issue 523




The Tertiary Education and Research Commission for Wales – launch of technical consultation

Further proposals for the establishment and operation of the Tertiary Education and Research Commission for Wales have been published this week by the Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams. 


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Major Hwb changes planned

To continue to optimise the Hwb platform and as a result of ongoing teacher feedback, we will be making some major changes over the next few months including:

National reading and numeracy tests

The National Reading and Numeracy Test window is now open for Secondary Schools

    Information for parents/carers Yr 2-9 - Reading and Numeracy Tests in Wales

    This guide provides parents/carers with information explaining what the tests involve and how the results will be reported.

    Curriculum for Wales blog 

    Reading and Numeracy assessment is changing soon; that suits the new curriculum



    Finalists of the Professional Teaching Awards have been announced! 

    Find out who they are!

    Education Digital Guidance

    This document provides advice to help you understand how to make the best use of your digital investment including broadband, the local area network infrastructure and computing devices to facilitate digital learning.

    Nominate a student for London Week 2018 competition 

    Closing date for entries is Tuesday 8 May. 

    Kirsty Williams steps in with £200,000 to support armed forces children

    Written Statement - Additional Learning Needs Transformation Leads

    Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education 

    Welsh Government Response to the Estyn thematic report on managed moves: effective use of managed moves by local authorities and schools 

    Hay Festival streaming the schools programme

    Hay Festival is streaming the schools programme for KS 2 & 3 on Thursday 24 May and KS 4 on Friday 25 May. There are 12 events to choose from each day


    There are over 700 community and town councils in Wales. They can be in charge of lots of things in an area like playing fields, public toilets and putting up Christmas lights. We are keen to hear the views from the youth of Wales!

    Submit your views by completing this short survey (external link)

    post-16 updates

    Apply now for the 2018 Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 

    Applications close at 12 noon, Friday 4 May 2018

    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. 

    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.


    Impact of the internet on young people's well-being and mental health training events – book now

    Focussing on the issue of mental health in the context of online interactions and behaviour, these free training events in May are designed to help all school staff better understand this complicated and impactful issue.

    Online Safety Live

    A programme of events delivered on the behalf of the UK Safer Internet Centre covering the very latest in online safety including the latest issues, the biggest trends and the best resources for professionals working with children and young people.

    Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) – 8 May

    Here is a selection of resources suitable for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 to remember what life was like during World War II.

    other news

    UCAS conferences for teachers and advisers in Wales

    Qualifications Wales is delighted to sponsor two conferences for teachers and advisers in Wales, organised by UCAS.

    The free events, to be held in Conwy (9 May) and Cardiff (17 May), aim to help support students in considering their options and applications, and will cover the key issues affecting progression to higher education.

    Recipe competition to win an iPad

    Food Innovation Wales are inviting pupils aged 11-16 to create a new Welsh food and drink product to have the chance to win an iPad. 

    The 2018 CyberFirst summer courses are now available to book!

    Welsh students are being encouraged to take the opportunity to improve their cyber these 5 day residential courses, which are aimed at students between the ages of 14- 17.

    Students at Welsh schools/ colleges are being given priority if they book before Tuesday the 22 May.  Find out more about the course and its aims.



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