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WELSH EDUCATION NEWS – 06/06/2024

Sourced from the latest Dysg eNewsletter.

Education support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people June is Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month and a chance to celebrate and learn more about the rich culture and heritage of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Wales. Written Statement

Education Wales Blog: Responses to school year consultation The Cabinet Secretary for Education has confirmed that plans to change the school holidays will not happen this Senedd term, to give teachers and staff space and time to deliver other reforms. Press release

WELSH GOVERNMENT NEWS

Updated Additional learning needs (ALN) system: children’s guide

Information for children on moving from the special educational needs system to the additional learning needs system.

Introducing Medr

The Commission for Tertiary Education and Research will become operational on 1 August this year. Whilst the organisation is named in the legislation, it is not required to be known as this. We have decided to adopt the word ‘Medr’ as our new brand name, which means ‘skill’ or ‘ability’ in Welsh’.

ITE Students Hwb account

About to qualify with QTS? Remember to take your Hwb account with you. You can transfer your student Hwb account into an employing school or to a supply teacher account. Contact the Welsh Government Hwb Team for assistance with this process. 

Personalised Assessments

  • Have your learners done familiarisation assessments yet? – The familiarisation assessments are available for learners to take before a personalised assessment. Both teachers and learners will then know what to expect when learners do their personalised assessments. Learners should log into Hwb then click » Personalised Assessments » Familiarisation assessments
  • Please remember – The Personalised Assessments Administration Handbook 2023 to 2024 sets out the mandatory requirements for this school year. Personalised assessments are for formative use, with a range of feedback to support understanding of strengths and areas for improvement. Learners should use the familiarisation assessments ahead of taking the live assessments.

Conwy schools celebrate local produce and introduce state-of-the-art kitchen kit in free school meals boost

Running energy efficiency programmes in schools in Wales: technical advice note

This guidance document outlines the key benefits of running energy efficiency programmes in Welsh schools, to highlight the main features of successful programmes and the support available to assist in implementation.

events

OECD Study: New Professionalism and the Future of Teaching – Have your say!

Bangor 24 June and Cardiff 26 June

Interested in being part of an international study exploring the future of teaching in Wales?  Education practitioners are invited to contribute to OECD stakeholder workshops on ‘new professionalism’. Supply and travel costs will be funded. Spaces are limited. Contact a.bradshaw@bangor.ac.uk to register.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Science and Engineering Programme for Teachers

Tuesday 25 June 4pm

Join the four educators who attended the MIT Science and Engineering Programme as they share insights into the resources, strategies, and tools that they acquired from their visit. To register your interest for this free event, please fill out this form.

Next Policy insight event

3 July 2024, 2:00-3:00pm

The event will focus on  Professional Development Review (PDR).  The event will provide an overview of the process and the Welsh Government’s PDR guidance, with input from key stakeholders. Please visit the Policy Insight’s page on Hwb to register.

more education news

Qualifications Wales: New The Sciences GCSE to be introduced from 2026

National Qualifications are being introduced in three phases from 2025 to 2027. The new GCSE The Sciences (Double Award) qualification – the main science qualification for learners aged 14-16 – will now be introduced for first teaching from September 2026, rather than September 2025 as originally intended. 

Education Support: Professional Supervision

Focus on your role as a leader within education. Bring any concerns you have about school culture, team dynamics, staff members, students or yourself, and share them with a qualified and experienced supervisor. Sign up now, at no cost to you.

Young Wales is recruiting Young Volunteers

Do you have young learners aged 11 and above in your schools / colleges who are interested in having their voice heard by decision-makers about issues that are important to them? Please share the following registration form with them. For more information email young.wales@childreninwales.org.uk

Hwb and other resources

International Day of Play: 11 June 2024 

The United Nations has adopted an annual International Day of Play that recognises children’s right to play and its importance for their wellbeing.

Could you be a Keeping Safe Online Ambassador?

We’re looking for teachers who share our dedication to helping learners stay safe online to join our new network.

Review of curriculum resources and supporting materials on Hwb: opportunities to get involved across Wales!

An opportunity to join our series of in-person sessions to review curriculum resources.

The Untold Curriculum Told resources for teachers

Resources for teachers to fulfil the purposes of the Curriculum for Wales, and actively participate in supporting Wales to become an Anti-racist nation. They can support learners to explore their identity, their ‘Cynefin’, and in developing their personal, social, and educational development.

  

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