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WELSH EDUCATION NEWS – 01/04/2022

Sourced from the latest Dysg eNewsletter.

New blog item: The evolving role of personalised assessments as part of Curriculum for Wales The introduction of our new Curriculum for Wales in September marks a significant shift in the role of assessment.  
Publication of Cymraeg 2050 Action Plan for 2022-23 Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language  

Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Act 2018 Implementation for Post-16 Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language  Letter from Owain Lloyd – Director of Education and Welsh Language, Welsh Government

WELSH GOVERNMENT EDUCATION NEWS

Conflict in war resources Resources for teachers, parents and children give hints and ideas on how to manage those conversations It’s difficult to know what to do or say as an adult in response to hearing about war and conflict on the news. How can you explain the situation to a child? How much should they know? How do you help them manage understandable anxiety around what they see on social media and the news?

Power Up update The Power Up campaign provides hints, tips and information to get learners through the 2022 exam and assessment season. New assets are added to the Power Up YouTube playlist and asset bank folder every week, with videos of teachers like Mair Hughes, headteacher of Ysgol Penglais, talking about how you can use the Power Up website to help learners. More videos will be added to the playlist next week, including information about online revision sessions from e-sgol and Carlam Cymru.

Primary to secondary Welsh-medium conversion programme Primary teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and able to teach through the medium of Welsh can apply to receive training and support in order to convert to teach in the secondary sector. More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here. Closing date is 4 April 2022.

£25m to kick-start free school meals for all primary school children in Wales £25m is being invested in school kitchen and dining infrastructure, as part of plans to roll out free school meals to all primary school children in Wales, the Welsh Government has announced.

Early years settings ready to support roll out of Curriculum for Wales The Education Minister, Jeremy Miles, has praised the work of early years settings as they prepare to support the roll out of the new Curriculum for Wales. Minister for Education and Welsh Language Minister visit to Llandogo early years nursery

MORE EDUCATION NEWS

Qualifications Wales Teachers – we want to hear from your learners!  As part of their Qualified for the future work, Qualifications Wales needs the help of learners from year 5 to those in Further Education and Work-Based Learning to help shape the new generation of GCSEs. Together with Practice Solutions, they’re running a series of facilitated focus groups until the end of April. Register your pupils by Friday 8 April.

Qualifications Wales: Cymraeg 2050- Changes to Welsh Qualifications Webinar Did you miss the webinar hosted by Emyr George, Director of Qualifications Policy and Reform, and Catrin Verrall, Senior Qualifications Manager who gave an overview of the three qualifications that will be available at GCSE level from 2025, for learners studying Welsh? You can watch the webinar here and read the transcript here

Big Ideas Wales conference: Developing Creative Enterprising Contributors in our schools – helping you prepare for the new Curriculum.  6 April 2022, 16:00-17:30 Join us at our online conference focussing on how enterprise education/entrepreneurship supports the Curriculum for Wales 2022. Book your place at this FREE event

The Great Science Teaching Survey The Royal Society of Chemistry is working together with the Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Biology to discover how teachers and technicians feel about teaching science right now, with the aim of building a robust and detailed evidence base of the science teaching landscape. 

School Sport Survey | Sport Wales This year children aged between 7 and 16 will be invited to complete the survey in their schools between 28 March and 22 July 2022. We will be releasing the results in the Autumn. 

PERSONALISED ASSESSMENT

Headteachers: Please action Teachers can benefit from using the personalised assessment reports to plan learners’ progression but, if you have not yet accepted your personalised assessments data agreement for 2021-2022, your staff will not have access to those reports.  Please log into Hwb to accept the data agreement and review staff functions as soon as possible.

Personalised Assessments – School User Guide This user guide sets out the processes for administering the personalised assessments which are taken by learners in Years 2 to 9.  Teachers may access this guide by logging into Hwb.

HWB AND OTHER RESOURCES

Resources home: new collection group with new tile

Microsoft Office 365: Introduction to Reading Progress English session: Tuesday, 5 April 2022 17:00-18:00 Welsh Session: Tuesday, 26 April 2022 17:00-18:00 Learn more about ‘Reading Progress’, Microsoft Teams’ free built-in reading fluency tool. 

The Urdd’s New Education Pack on the Climate Emergency Register now to receive the Urdd’s Peace and Goodwill Message education pack and support your pupils to raise their voice on the Climate Emergency.
What’s new in Hwb: 31 March

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Hay Festival free programme for schools out now It’s back! Sign up for this year’s free Hay Festival 2022 Programme for Schools for a chance to see some of the world’s most inspiring writers in-person and online on Thursday 26 (KS2) and Friday 27 May (KS3/4), including Caryl Lewis, Cressida Cowell, Anthony Horowitz, Roma Agrawal, Eric Ngalle Charles, Natasha Bowen, Jacqueline Wilson, Yvette Fielding, Alex Wheatle, Laura Bates, Jeffrey Boakye and many more. Press notice

Hay Festival Beacons Projects – applications open A FREE creative writing residency at Hay Festival 2022, 29 May–5 June, for students aged 16-18 is now open for applications. Submissions close midday on Friday 29 April. 

UNBOXED: Free school and college workshops and resources The programme, for 11-19 year-olds, is flexible and offers class-based, online and real-world learning opportunities aligned to the Curriculum for Wales. Designed by teachers with a wealth of experience in STEAM, it covers Science & Technology, Expressive Arts and Health and Well-being.

Voluntary sector support for Ukraine WCVA is in conversation with Welsh Government and national partners who are planning for the arrival and support of Ukrainian refugees. Volunteer roles may include:  Drivers, translators, counsellors, children’s support (education, play activities), welcome centre ‘meet and greet’, digital support. The message for volunteers is to be patient, keep an eye on the Volunteering Wales website for opportunities or sign up for the newsletter for updates.

  

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