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Progression and Assessment Workshop materials – ready for schools to use Find out about these workshops on Hwb, with helpful pointers as to how to use them, and details of people who can support you locally. Finding the best way through the Curriculum for Wales Guidance New ‘explainer’ shows the best approach to finding the fundamentals in Curriculum for Wales Guidance before delving into detail. How education partners helped build the Professional Learning Entitlement – and why

Call out to schools and settings: a curriculum design pilot with leading curriculum expert Jay McTighe What is Understanding by Design? Interview with Jay McTighe – Bing video


National Network Event – 6 December at 9.00 am

Turning thinking into practice – curriculum planning for progression

An opportunity to appraise current approaches to progression, prompt new ways of thinking and explore how thinking and using evidence can support your practice.

Register here for the next National Network Conversation 

Publication of guidance on emergency planning and response for education settings and learning continuity

Anti-Racist Wales Connect Group

DARPL in partnership with Welsh Government are looking for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic headteachers and leaders to connect in a new pan-Wales working group.

The group will meet termly to discuss experiences, current critical issues, action planning, support and implementation. Contact  DARPL@cardiffmet.ac.uk for further information.

Join the first virtual meeting on 14/12/22 (9.30 -11.30 am).  Click here to register.

Community Focused Schools Guidance

We published our Community Focused Schools guidance on 18 November. This guidance has been developed to support schools and other key stakeholders to implement a Community Focused Schools approach. This is the first in a suite of guidance planned to support schools and will be complimented by a Policy Insight session on 24 November. Further details and the registration form are available at Policy Insights.  Press notice: Schools playing key role in supporting communities through cost-of-living crisis

Parent/carer survey: guidance on school attendance

The Welsh Government is currently reviewing its guidance on school attendance and is keen to include the views of parents and carers in this work. Working with Parentkind, the trusted voice for parents in education, we would like to hear from any parents and carers with a child who currently has, or has previously had issues with poor attendance so that we can better support young people. 

Curriculum for Wales: research on early implementation

We have commissioned research to collect the views of senior leaders in schools on the early implementation of Curriculum for Wales. The researchers are keen to hear how your school is adapting to the new arrangements, what is working well to date and any challenges you have faced. If you are a member of your school’s senior leadership team and would be able to take part in an online discussion during November or December, please email Brett Duggan, Arad Research brett@arad.wales or register your interest here.

Initial Teacher Education: Salaried PGCE for AY2023/24 now open for applications

Work in a school and aspire to become a teacher? From September 2023 there are 160 funded places available for primary and secondary student teachers. Welsh medium secondary student teachers could also have 100% of their salary funded by Welsh Government.

Written Statement: Global futures Strategic Plan 2022-2025

Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language

I want our schools to channel their learners’ enthusiasm for languages from primary through to secondary school and provide exciting and meaningful international language provision.

Welsh Language in Wales, 2021 Census

Next Tuesday morning (6/12/22) at 0930, we’ll publish the initial Welsh language results of Census 2021 on our website. That afternoon, at 1400, we’ll be holding an online public session about those statistics. 

Here’s the link: https://liveeventstream.online/cyfrifiad-census-2021

There’s no need to register and do feel free to share. We’ll publish a video of the session on our website too.

New! Consultation on proposed changes to the Humanities area of the Curriculum for Wales

This includes specific reference to the history of Wales and the world within the statements of what matters and guidance.

We would welcome your views on the subject. Details on how to respond can be found here. Closing date for responses is Wednesday 4 January 2023.

Personalised assessments

Planning ahead: Remember that personalised assessments are available for flexible use throughout the year. If you wish, you can use them early in the school year and then use the feedback and other reports to help with your planning for learner progression. The assessments can be taken a second time later in the year to assess progress.

Training materials: Remember that you can use the reports generated by the personalised assessment system to help with planning for progression. The step-by-step videos and webinars on the system will help you refresh your knowledge of how to use the information in the reports.

other welsh education news

NAEL: Curriculum Head-To-Head

7, 14 December, 11am

Join us in small confidential groups, every Wednesday, to explore, discuss and share your experiences of leading curriculum change through themes such as the leadership of cluster work, progression and well-being.

Anonymised key messages will be shared with Welsh Government to inform future developments. For the link, please contact Nia Miles at nia.miles@agaa.cymru.

Hwb and other resources

Safer Internet Day 2023 bilingual education packs now available on Hwb

The packs contain everything that education practitioners and professionals who are working with children and young people will need to get involved with Safer Internet Day 7 February 2023.

‘Understanding, preventing and responding to online sexual harassment’ training opportunity for secondary school DSPs

DSPs can sign up to a free online 2 hour training session to help with understanding, preventing and responding to incidents of online sexual harassment among learners within their school or setting. December dates confirmed for Anglesey, Cardiff, Ceredigion and Conwy. Register now!

Minecraft 2022 Hour of Code: Escape Estate

Learn basic coding concepts to escape the mysterious mansion! Solve puzzles using computational thinking to unlock secrets, open trap doors, and reveal hidden clues.

Show Racism the Red Card

Free anti-racism classroom resources to use during the FIFA Men’s World Cup.  Sign up now at https://t.co/wUTiq5gD3a

Misinformation online training now available for practitioners

How can you know what to information to trust online? What are the warning signs to look out for? What media literacy skills can you pass on to your learners?

Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 training – one session left in 2022!

Popular magazine articles available on Hwb

Select articles from popular periodicals are now available through the medium of Welsh on Hwb.

What’s new in Hwb: 01 December

A summary of recent Hwb resources and updates.

Other news

Free German language courses for Primary teachers

The Goethe-Institut is holding a teacher training day for primary school teachers on 28 January 2023 from 10am to 5:30pm at Cardiff University (register by 15 January).  For further information and the registration form click here. Teachers can also apply for a scholarship for an online German language coursestarting 16 January, 2023 (email applicationsby 8 Januaryto:manuela.vogelgesang@goethe.de).


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