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WELSH EDUCATION NEWS – 28/03/2022

Sourced from the latest Dysg eNewsletter.

WELSH EDUCATION NEWS

Extra £4.5m to support children and young people with additional learning needs The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, has announced that learners with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) will benefit from a further £4.5million investment. Written Statement: Additional funding for Additional Learning Needs provision   

Changes to ALN implementation timeframe The Minister for Education and Welsh Language has today announced the decision to extend the time available to move children during the first year of implementation by one year. Letter from Owain Lloyd – Director of Education and the Welsh Language  

Blog post: Informing parents about the new curriculum – useful materials An integral part of preparing for the new curriculum is engaging with parents and informing them – or reminding them – about the changes to come. 

MORE WELSH EDUCATION NEWS

£25m investment in Community Focused Schools to tackle the impact of poverty Education and Welsh Language Minister Jeremy Miles has announced almost £25m of investment in the next financial year to tackle the impact of poverty on young people’s attainment.

Ensuring a clear and shared vision for play based learning for all learners Do you feel confident exploring play based pedagogical approaches? Find out why it’s important and how it align with the Curriculum for Wales.

Oral Statement: High Standards and Aspirations for All Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language Oral Statement: The Children (Wales) Act Julie Morgan MS, Deputy Minister for Social Services

WELSH GOVERNMENT NEWS

Written Statement: Review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 First Minister, Mark Drakeford MS  Press notice 

PERSONALISED ASSESSMENTS

Numeracy (Reasoning) personalised assessments Written Statement: The Minister for Education and the Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles MS  The new online numeracy assessments are now available for schools to use. In readiness of Curriculum For Wales, this completes the suite of assessments that teachers can use throughout the year to support teaching and progression in reading and numeracy. 

Numeracy (Reasoning) resources Numerical reasoning resources can be accessed via the personalised assessments learner report and group skills profile reports following a Numeracy (Reasoning) Personalised Assessment. Once your learners have taken an assessment, you can use these new resources to help develop their reasoning skills.

CONSULTATIONS

Changes to current school assessment arrangements and local authority prospectus Consultation ends: 1 April 2022
Statutory induction of newly qualified teachers in Wales Consultation ends: 8 April 2022

Hwb and other resources

New Let’s Count! 2022 resources are now live The resources will take children on a journey from Census 2021 data collection to the published results and statistics in 2022. Developed in conjunction with both Maths in Education and Industry (MEI) and the Geographical Association, the cross-curricular lessons focus on the importance of data.

Stand with Refugees: Creative teaching ideas for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 learners
Teaching controversial issues: A guide for teachers

OTHER ITEMS Of INTEREST

Unboxed: Free school workshops, resources and school trip UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK offers a unique schools’ programme that puts creativity and collaboration at the heart of learning. The programme, for 4-11 year-olds, is flexible and offers class-based, online and real-world learning opportunities aligned to the Curriculum for Wales. It includes GALWAD: a story from our future, co-commissioned with Creative Wales, inspired by the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

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

The German Teacher Awards 2022 This year’s Call for Nominations for the German Teacher Awards, celebrating the dedication and excellence of German language teachers at primary and secondary schools across the UK, has now gone live (Deadline 30 April 2022). For further information and a copy of the application form.

  

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