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WELSH EDUCATION NEWS – 14/03/2022

Sourced from the latest Dysg eNewsletter.

WELSH EDUCATION NEWS

Reminder – last orders for LFTs In line with Wales’ long-term COVID-19 transition from pandemic to endemic plan, the routine asymptomatic testing offer for school staff and secondary aged learners will cease at the end of this term. In order to manage appropriate stock levels, last orders must be placed via the usual process before 3pm Tuesday 22 March. Orders placed after this time will not be processed. Special education settings and dedicated units will continue to be able to order and distribute test kits through the normal process. Schools should use any current stock they may have before ordering further test kits. If you have any concerns about stock levels please get in touch with eduandcctesting@gov.wales.

Eisteddfod yr Urdd: FREE admission Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, announced last week: “I’m delighted the Urdd Eisteddfod will be able to return to the Maes this year and really pleased we’ve been able to support the Urdd to make entry free for everyone to enjoy.” Book your tickets here: Urdd Eisteddfod

National Network – The March Sessions are on! Join the March sessions of our National Network for Curriculum implementation! Curriculum Design, Qualifications Reform, and Welsh History, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities Histories are all on the menu. 

MORE WELSH EDUCATION NEWS

New Education Wales Podcast: Cymraeg belongs to us all 

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles MS outlines his vision and direction for Cymraeg. A translation of the speech is available here.

Initial Teacher Education Race Equality Community Mentors

Get involved in recruitment into Initial Teacher Education. We are looking for individuals who can provide an independent, balanced input, offering expertise and advice to support ITE Partnerships in meeting their actions identified within the Welsh Government’s Initial Teacher Education Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Recruitment plan including developing their own recruitment plans.

Closing date Friday 1 April 2022.

Policy insight events

Since 2020, we have been running ‘Policy Insight Events’ to keep stakeholders up to date with professional learning developments. The interactive 1 hour sessions are delivered by school practitioners seconded to Welsh Government. They are held virtually and are also made available asynchronously as a video or Hwb playlist. Recent events can be accessed offline in the recent resources section, with previous events hosted in the archive

Taith launches funding call for International Mobility in Wales

Please visit the Taith website to access the application form, eligibility and assessment criteria and various online events to help those applying.

The deadline for applications is 12:00 (noon), 12 May 2022.

Educators Wales

Are you looking to take your next career steps in education? Or maybe you’re looking to post a job or qualification? Funded by Welsh Government and developed by the Education Workforce Council (EWC), Educators Wales can help – completely free of charge.

WELSH GOVERNMENT NEWS

Over £7m in funding to extend online mental health service

Long-term plan to live with coronavirus safely

Wales’ long-term COVID-19 transition from pandemic to endemic

Written Statement: Professional Qualifications Bill

Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

NAEL: Leading from the Middle Conference – Thursday 31 March 2022, 9:15am-2:30pm

Join the National Academy for Educational Leadership for its first online Middle Leaders conference featuring guest speakers. The conference will explore the role of middle leadership and ‘Leading from the Middle’.

Free, open to all, booking essential. Book now

PERSONALISED ASSESSMENTS

Are your learners using the familiarisation assessments?

All learners should use familiarisation assessments ahead of taking the live assessments. They can be used at any time and are accessed by learners by clicking » Personalised Assessments » Familiarisation assessments whilst logged into their Hwb account. Learners will see and try the different question types and how to navigate through the assessments.  This is especially important for Numeracy (Reasoning) which includes hints and audio clips.

NEW Training and development Resource: Numeracy (Reasoning)

Get to know the Reasoning assessments and Resources.

The Numeracy (Reasoning) Personalised Assessments, launched in November 2021, complete the suite of online personalised assessments.  The first of two new professional learning webinars on Reasoning has just been launched. 

consultations

New registration categories for the Education Workforce Council

Consultation ends: 24 May 2022

hwb and other resources

Closure of the Foundation Phase Excellence Network zone

As the Curriculum for Wales is a continuum of learning, a decision has been made to close the zone by 31 March.  The resources have been transferred to the main repository on Hwb.  We are currently undertaking a review of how resources will align with the curriculum and will keep you updated.

Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 training session details

This free ACE Level 1 training session will get your teachers accredited as Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 Educators.

Microsoft Teams Basics via Hwb

An opportunity to refresh and develop your knowledge and understanding of how the tools available can help transform the teaching and learning in your classroom.

What’s new in Hwb: 10 March

other news

The BookTrust Cymru Early Years Practitioner Conference is back!

Explore Equality, Diversity and Reading for Pleasure in the Early Years, 21st – 24th March 2022. Register now! 

Natural Resources Wales: Nature and Us

Have your say on the future of Wales’ natural environment by getting involved in our national conversation – Nature and Us.  We’re encouraging people to think about the environment they would like to see in the future – and leave behind for future generations.

Institute of Physics Wales – Stars by the Sea Physics Teaching CPD event at Aberystywth Bandstand, Saturday 26th March 10.00 – 15.30

Suitable for primary and secondary teachers, PGCE students and those with an interest in teaching. A selection of talks and workshops on astronomy and particle physics. Find out about exoplanets and become a cosmic detective, finishing with a trip on the Cliff Railway. Lunch provided. To book free tickets

  

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