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WELSH EDUCATION NEWS – 18/03/2022

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

Power up! Wales and England, the approaches explained We recognise that learners in both Wales and England will have missed out on learning time. We know that grading will be more generous than in a normal year – but did you know there are also differences in the way that the two nations are approaching this year’s exams?  


Blog post:  A sign of things to come British Sign Language is now included alongside Welsh, English and other languages in the Curriculum for Wales! Information sessions are available for BSL tutors and for school practitioners.


Post-16 News and updates

Vision for Further Education speech Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language On the 10 March 2022 Jeremy Miles MS, delivered a keynote speech to Further Education stakeholders, you can listen to the speech and hear responses to questions taken at the event.

Bringing post-16 education together: what you need to know about the Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill The Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill will bring together the funding, oversight and regulation of post-16 education under one body – the Commission for Tertiary Education and Research.

Wonkhe: Our bill will help break down the barriers between sectors, institutions, and students Wales’ Minister for Education and Welsh Language Jeremy Miles sets out the the ways in which the Welsh government’s values and ambitions for tertiary education are being put into law.

Voter Registration Day Learners aged 16+ must register to vote in local government elections by 14 April. A National Voter Registration Day (24 March) will bring together people from our national sports teams, schools, colleges, and communities to encourage young people to vote and to make a difference to the future of Wales. Get involved with resources available here

More welsh education news

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.

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

The situation in the Ukraine: We are all currently exercised and distressed by the ongoing situation in the Ukraine and we know from experience that children and young people are often very aware of what is going on in the wider world.  How do we speak to them about the current conflict and support them in critically understanding the background to it?  The WCIA has produced a web-page here, blog and a list of suggested resources. Also of interest great blog on the role of peace education at times of war and crisis.  Not easy – but this may be of help.


PERSONALISED ASSESSMENTS

Refresh your knowledge of the personalised assessment requirements this year Personalised assessments are statutory for the 2021-2022 school year; find out more in the Administration Handbook

Personalised assessments – training materials Remember that you can use the reports generated by the personalised assessment system to help with planning for progression. The webinars on the system will help you refresh your knowledge of the assessments and how to use the information in the reports.

welsh government news

Spring rollout of boosters begins in Wales this week

Written Statement: £7m Summer of Fun 2022

Written Statement: Young Carers’ Action Day

Ending Physical Punishment Physical punishment will become illegal in Wales on Monday 21 March. Please share this message from our partner pack on social media on Monday to raise awareness of this historic day: Physical punishment of children is now illegal in Wales. Children have the same protection from assault as adults. This is to protect children and their rights. To find out more visit #EndPhysicalPunishment

other news of interest

Winter of Wellbeing celebration Winter of Wellbeing celebration  We’re inviting 11–18 year olds to come up with a designed poster or flyer that will make sure everyone knows that your local library is the place to be in 2022. Closes 24 March 2022.

Wales China Schools Forum The next Wales China Schools Forum will be held online on 22 March 2022, 9:30-13:15, by the Confucius Institute at Bangor University. The theme this time will be on Teaching Languages in a Hybrid Classroom: Methods, Opportunities, and Challenges. If you are interested in learning more please sign up here

Wales Outdoor Learning Week: 28 March-3 April 2022 – What will you do for nature? Organised by Natural Resources Wales and the Wales Council for Outdoor Learning, join the celebration as an educator, parent or learner and get outdoors.  The theme this year is nature – wherever you are in Wales, we are surrounded by nature so it couldn’t be easier for you to take part.  

  

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