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WELSH EDUCATION NEWS – 18/02/2022

Sourced from the latest Dysg eNewsletter.

WELSH EDUCATION NEWS

Minister’s end of term message Schools and colleges across Wales have been closed today due to the severe weather, meaning an early end to this half term for most learners. I hope you are all safe and well – and many thanks to everyone for your hard work throughout this half term. Diolch o galon!

Written Statement: Update on activities to support those assisting teaching Teaching assistants are an integral part of our education workforce, providing vital support to our children and young people day-in, day-out. They have a crucial role to play in helping tackle the impact of poverty on educational attainment and in realising our collective ambitions for Curriculum for Wales.

More families to receive support with costs of the school day More families in Wales will receive extra funding to help with costs such as uniform and sports kit as a result of £3.3m of Welsh Government funding.  

Cymraeg belongs to us all Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and the Welsh Language, recently outlined his vision for the language during a recent visit to M-Sparc on Anglesey, noting the sixtieth anniversary of Saunders Lewis’ lecture, Tynged yr Iaith (The Fate of the Language) in 1962.

CURRICULUM FOR WALES


NEW Policy Insights. Book your space! Bookings are still open for NEW Policy Insight events from March 2022.  The events will showcase work with a diverse range of partners developing NEW professional learning to prepare schools for the Curriculum for Wales. The first event on March 3rd will focus on diversity and anti-racist professional learning. Visit Hwb to register.

New ‘National Network’ conversations on Curriculum Design and Qualifications Reform are coming soon – registration is now open! Join with colleagues to learn and share insights. Get involved

Free CPD Events: Welsh History and the Curriculum for Wales – 9 March and 23 March (both at 3.30pm) Two professional learning events have been arranged to develop teachers’ knowledge and skills in Welsh history ahead of the new Curriculum for Wales. Attendees will learn about recent research, key themes and ideas, and how to use Welsh online historical archives to learn about the histories of place, language and minorities. Events take place on 9 March and 23 March – follow the links
to sign up for FREE.

MORE WELSH EDUCATION NEWS

Estyn: Welsh Immersion Education – Strategies and approaches to support 3 to 11-year-old learners The report presents information about effective practice in immersion education. It encompasses immersion approaches in the foundation phase in Welsh-medium and bilingual non-maintained settings and primary schools, in addition to immersion approaches for latecomers to Welsh-medium education for 3 to 11-year-old learners.

NPS Supply Framework If schools are recruiting cover via agencies they are encouraged to use agencies on the NPS framework. Framework requirements include registering with a representative professional recruitment body and signing up to our Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains and Fair Work principles. Further information here.

Written Statement: Student loan repayment threshold Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language

Written Statement: Covid-19 vaccinations for five to 11-year-olds Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services

Extraordinary people shortlisted for national awards The St David Awards are Wales’ national awards to recognise everyday heroes.

CONSULTATIONS

Current School Assessment Arrangements and Local Authority Prospectus – have your say in our consultation! Consultation closes 1 April 2022 We would like to seek your opinion on proposed changes to current school assessment arrangements and local authority prospectus. Written Statement

Statutory induction of newly qualified teachers in Wales Consultation closes 8 April 2022 We want your views about proposals to revise arrangements for the statutory induction of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in Wales. We are consulting on proposed changes that cover four areas:
Time
support for the NQT
settings in which induction can take place
governance and roles

Draft framework for Welsh in English medium education Consultation ends: 13 May 2022 We want your views on a draft framework which sets out examples of experiences, knowledge and skills learners need to progress in Welsh.

Welsh Language Communities Housing Plan Consultation ends: 22 February 2022 We want your views on the proposed Welsh Language Communities Housing Plan. 

PERSONALISED ASSESSMENTS

New resources for teachers Teachers can access new Numeracy Reasoning resources from the learner and group reports. Schedule a Numeracy (Reasoning) personalised assessment for your learners via Hwb to gain access to these resources!

Feedback and progress – key points Guidance for practitioners on individual learner feedback and progress reports 2021-2022 covers  key points on using the reports to support teaching, learning and planning.  It also sets out which reports should be shared with parents/carers.

HWB AND OTHER RESOURCES

Cyw Magazine Cyw and her friends are the stars of this colourful magazine. Its 48 pages are packed with fun activities suitable for children from 3 – 6 years old. There’s an opportunity to learn about letters and numbers while playing, laughing and having fun. There are also stories, craft ideas, cooking opportunities (under supervision of course), and lots of stickers. It’s also a great resource for non-Welsh speaking parents who send their children to Welsh medium schools, as a special website will offer translation of all the content – giving non-Welsh speakers the opportunity to hear the stories read in Welsh. You can buy a copy of the magazine, or subscribe on the Peniarth website.

What’s new in Hwb: 17 February

Changes to Hwb log in process

Dydd Miwsig Cymru – Y Selar Bach, free magazine Sad that Welsh Language music day is over? Well, here is a free copy of special edition Selar Bach for you and your pupils to enjoy. Also, don’t forget about the Miwsig y Siarter Iaith playlist on BBC Sounds, created this month by Yws Gwynedd!: BBC Sounds – Miwsig y Siarter Iaith Y Selar Bach – Welsh Language Music Day Edition

OTHER NEWS

Survey now open – An Exploration of the Development of Community Schools in Wales A group of University researchers, on behalf of Welsh Government, are surveying schools in Wales to understand how they engage with their communities. Take part in the survey today! Closes 4 March.

World Education Summit: 21-24 March The Welsh Government have secured an opportunity for a number of Education Staff across Wales to attend this world leading conference – meeting all the costs of registration.  This allows live access to the event and full access to recorded sessions for a year afterwards. Details of how to register will be circulated to schools soon.

British Council: Health and Well-being residential conference, 11-13 April 2022, Belfast Organised by British Council, the conference will include expert international speakers from Europe and USA, and focus on mental health for both pupils and staff within a school context.  All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by British Council.  For further information and an application form contact iepwales@britishcouncil.org

  

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