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WELSH EDUCATION NEWS – 04/11/2021

Sourced from the latest Dysg eNewsletter.

WELSH EDUCATION NEWS

Update – schools: coronavirus guidance An update to schools on coronavirus operational guidance including: – How has the guidance for household contacts changed? – When should secondary school and FE learners under 18 classed as household contacts start 7 days of LFD testing? – Someone in my household has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus. What should I do? – Does my child need to take a PCR test and 7 lateral flow tests if they are a vaccinated household contact? – What if I’m identified as a household contact but have an exam School operations: coronavirus Operational guidance: further education and post-16

All new schools and colleges in Wales to be net zero carbon Education and Welsh Language Minister Jeremy Miles has announced that all new school and college buildings, major refurbishment and extension projects will be required to meet Net Zero Carbon targets from January 1 2022.  Oral Statement: Implementation of net zero carbon and the 21st century schools and colleges programme  Net Zero Wales: Our second emissions reduction plan for Carbon Budget 2 (2021 to 2025), setting the foundations to make Wales net zero by 2050.  

Wales to have new “national steward” to fund, regulate and support all post-16 education The Welsh Government has set out its vision to radically reform post-16 education, for the first time ever enshrining in law nine national strategic purposes for the post-compulsory education system. Written Statement: Introduction of Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill (1 November 2021)

MORE WELSH EDUCATION NEWS

New podcast! Prof. Charlotte Williams talks realism, radiates positivity

An Independent review to advise on and improve the teaching of themes and experiences relating to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities across the curriculum was Chaired recently by Professor Charlotte Williams.

New blog post: Why are some GCSEs being combined to complement the new curriculum? Qualifications Wales explain.

Antibullying Week: One kind word 15-17 November

To find out your school can get involved, visit for resources and lesson plans.

Government funded anti-bullying training for governors

The content of this training has been informed through consultation with governors in Wales and developed with support from the Anti-Bullying Alliance. For more information and to book your place visit 

Professional Teaching Awards Cymru

If you know someone that would be worthy of a Professional Teaching Award you have until midnight on 23rd November 2021 to make a nomination online.

This year we are proud to introduce a new award ‘The Betty Campbell MBE award for promoting the contributions and perspectives of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities’.

Personalised assessments: MIS reminder

You will need up-to-date information on your learners in your MIS in order to access reports and schedule new Personalised Assessments. Please ensure your MIS is accurate, and that you run the Hwb provisioning client on a regular basis.

First Minister, Mark Drakeford: Strengthened measures to reduce high coronavirus cases in Wales

Press conference (29/10/21)

CMO statement 21 Day COVID-19 review : 28 October 2021

Play Wales: £36.6m to fund initiatives to support children and young people

HWB AND OTHER RESOURCES

Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)

RSE will be a mandatory element of the Curriculum for Wales. It plays a central role in supporting learners’ rights to enjoy fulfilling, healthy and safe relationships throughout their lives. The whole school approach to RSE includes anti-bullying, positive peer relationships and online safety. This playlist includes a leaflet and animated explainers for parents/carers, which you may find useful to share.

Welsh Youth Parliament Elections 1-22 November 2021

The list of candidates for the second Welsh Youth Parliament elections are now live on the Welsh Youth Parliament website Welsh Youth Parliament (senedd.wales). Those registered can vote online any time between 1 November 2021 and 22 November 2021. For all resources on how secondary schools can promote the election and support candidates please visit Education Resources and Training (senedd.wales).

What’s new in Hwb: 28 October

A summary of recent Hwb resources and updates.

  • Climate Justice – Wales Peace Schools Conference, 2021
  • In the know – the latest on apps, social media and games for families
  • Cyber Resilience exercise for senior leaders in schools

    A virtual training exercise designed to provide insight into appropriate cyber-incident responses within a school setting.

  • Friday 12 November 2021
  • Tuesday 23 November 2021
  • Political Literacy day on 4 November

    Here’s some resources, case studies and information to help celebrate the day.

    Alzheimer’s Society: Dementia-friendly generation’ school resources

    The Alzheimer’s Society has developed resources for schools to help educate children and young people across the UK (ages 5-25) about dementia and support social action in local communities. The resources are available to order in English or Welsh from the Alzheimer’s Society website.  

    OTHER NEWS

    MIND E-Learning Mental Health Awareness Programme

    The Consortia Well-Being Partnership have collaborated with @MindCymru to provide all education professionals in Wales access to a 45 minute mental health awareness e-learning package – for more details and access click here

    Education Support: Wellbeing Hub

    With the support of Welsh Government, Education Support have created a hub full of information, tools and resources to help all school staff with their mental health and wellbeing. Further information is available at the following link

      

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