Welsh Government Dysg Pre-11 eNewsletter: 26 April 2018 (Issue 187)

26 April 2018 • Issue 187




Kirsty Williams outlines her Vision and Values for Education at Seminar

Kirsty Williams, AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education outlined her vision for schools standards and values in education as part of the Athrofa series of seminars at the Tramshed, Cardiff, last Monday 23 April.

You can see the livestream of the event via Periscope TV 



Finalists of the Professional Teaching Awards have been announced! 

24 educational professionals from across Wales have been announced as finalists for the 2018 national awards. Find out who they are!


Important Dysg subscription news! 

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national reading and numeracy tests

Curriculum for Wales blog 

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

National Reading and Numeracy Tests 2018

Primary school test window opens next week until the 9 May 

Primary Schools will receive their test materials this week 

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.


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.

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.

Welsh Language Charter Competition

The Siarter Iaith (Welsh Language Charter) is encouraging primary schools to take part in a competition in three Welsh towns - Pwllheli, Swansea and Cowbridge - and have placed stickers featuring the Siarter Iaith mascots, Seren and Sbarc, in the windows of businesses in these towns. Find out more.

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.

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


Major Hwb changes planned

Find out how this will affect your Hwb use.

A teacher’s guide to the General Data Protection Regulation

The first of five new teacher’s guides offering helpful information for teacher’s and support staff has been released. The first topic covered in this series of teacher’s guides outlines what the General Data Protection Regulation is and what it means for schools and colleges.

Screen time overload

Five new playlists about screen time are now available for children and young people, education practitioners, parents and carers, and governors

The playlists include a range of documents, support services and agencies which schools, colleges, their governors, parents and carers may find helpful.

Y Cliciadur

The second edition of an exciting new on-line newspaper for KS2 pupils, containing a number of different articles. A new issue will be published every half term. This resource is only available in Welsh

other news

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.



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