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WELSH EDUCATION NEWS – 08/09/2023

Sourced from the latest Dysg eNewsletter.

The Welsh in Education Teacher Retention Bursary: Guidance for applicants The application window for the Welsh in Education teacher retention bursary is now open. If you think you’re eligible, you should apply by 30 September 2023.

WELSH GOVERNMENT EDUCATION NEWS

National Supply Pool for Wales

We have partnered with Teacher Booker, to create the National Supply Pool for Wales, providing you with direct supply work opportunities from schools and access to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. Register now to take advantage of these opportunities. By doing so, you can ensure that you have created your profile ready for when this platform is rolled out in your Local Authority area over the coming months. To register, please visit our website. Should you have any questions or for further information, please email.

Taith – Sector Stakeholder Groups

Taith are inviting individuals and organisations from across the eligible Taith sectors to join their Sector Stakeholder Groups. See the Taith website for further information, or email the Taith team to find out more.

Secondment Opportunity – Foundation Learning Professional Advisers

We are currently advertising two part-time secondment vacancies that will be based within our Foundation Learning Team. Further information here.

Vaping Guidance

During the autumn term, Public Health Wales will be publishing a guidance document for secondary schools on vaping amongst young people. The document will provide data and evidence-based information for schools including how they can respond to and address vaping within their setting through policy, practices and delivery of the new curriculum.

Personalised Assessments

Learn about important changes for the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

7 ways to ease back-to-school worries

As families get ready for the start of a new school term, many will be worried about the cost of living crisis. But there is support available for learners and their families in Wales who may be struggling to afford school costs such as uniform, meals and transport, as well as some free schemes to help your child with their learning.

welsh government news

People in Wales reminded how they can help stop the spread of respiratory infections

As the summer draws to a close and schools prepare to return, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Chris Jones, is reminding people to stay at home and avoid contact with others if they are unwell and have a high temperature.

Vaccinations for students entering college or university

Check that you are up-to-date on vaccinations.

more education news

Estyn Live: Developing Reading Skills, 11 September 2023 4:00pm

Join the next Estyn Live event to hear more about the findings and recommendations of their thematic report looking at improving English reading skills in pupils aged 10-14.

Here is the link to the livestream.

Become a Peer Inspector with Estyn

Estyn is recruiting for peer inspectors from the following sectors:

  • maintained special schools and PRUS
  • Independent or independent special schools

As a Peer Inspector, you’ll get a brilliant opportunity to see inspection up close and gain valuable professional development. Find out more.

Changes to Oxford University admissions tests

Oxford has recently changed how it administers its admissions tests (although the tests themselves are mostly unchanged). It means that schools must register or re-register to be test centres by 15 September 2023

Growing up in Wales: Navigating Uncertain Times

Evidence from the WISERD Education Multi-Cohort Study (WMCS) on secondary school pupils’ experiences of returning to school after the pandemic highlights issues of school absence and difficult behaviour, as well as the cost of living and climate change.

Education Support: Welcome to the Staff Wellbeing Toolkit

Each term, we’ll be sharing a carefully selected toolkit of resources for teachers, school leaders and education staff in Wales, jam-packed with practical tools and guides to help you take care of yourself and your colleagues, while you’re busy taking care of your students.

WJEC: Developing a suite of Green Skills qualifications – join our workshops

WJEC is excited to announce that they are going to be exploring the potential demand for a suite of Green Skills Qualifications to meet the needs of learners across a wide range of settings. WJEC want to hear from anyone with an interest in the development of Green Skills Qualifications for Wales. Sign up for one of their scoping workshops

hwb and other RESOURCES

International Literacy Day 2023

A set of resources focused on bringing awareness about literacy and its importance.

What’s new in Hwb: 31 August

A summary of recent Hwb resources and updates.

Free Adobe Challenge: Roald Dahl Day 13 September 2023

Adobe have created a series of monthly challenges for learners aged 8 to 14 which schools are welcome to use throughout the year.

Adobe Express Live Lessons

Start the new term with these Adobe Express live lessons online with Dom Traynor, Adobe’s Education Evangelist.

Do you know any learners willing to talk about being online?

Do you work with young people aged 13 to 17 who would be willing to share their views about what’s positive and negative about being online? If so, encourage them to join our youth group!

other news

Hay Festival Scribblers Cymraeg

Inspiring writers Casi Wyn and Nia Morais take Year 7-9 school pupils on a creative journey in a series of free in-person events across Wales, 6-10 November 2023. Book now for events at Swansea University, Aberystwyth University, Cardiff University, Bangor University and Wrexham University hosted by Aneirin Karadog and special guests.  

Newyddion Ni to start on S4C with new face as presenter

A new programme for children and young people will start on Monday 4 September – Newyddion Ni (Our News). The programme replaces Ffeil and will bring news and sport stories to viewers in an accessible way for everyone. It will be broadcast on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during school term time. Among the topics that will be discussed are climate change, human rights, sport, celebrities, as well as longer items to explain more complex stories.

Save a Life Cymru

Every secondary school should have a defibrillator – let Save a Life Cymru know if you have or you need one. We can help you get a free defibrillator and support its maintenance. We can also help you look after any defibs you already have on your site. Contact us.

RESOURCES – NO IFS. NO BUTTS.

You can help get illegal tobacco out of your community by spreading the message on its dangers. Here we have our library of resources for you to take and share with your community.

  

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