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WELSH EDUCATION NEWS
Invitation to National Network Conversation Autumn 2022 Curriculum and Assessment Design Wednesday 19 October, 9am-12 noon The conversation will focus on supporting both leaders and practitioners in schools and settings to consider your curriculum implementation from September 2022. Register here
Interested in a conversation with the Minister? Jeremy Miles, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, is keen to hear your views as part of his monthly conversations with small groups of headteachers/principals. If you’d like to have the opportunity to take part in an open and informal chat with the minister, please email us Dysg@gov.wales with your preferred date Dates available: 20 October 2022, 24 November 2022, 15 December 2022
Help with school costs for parents/carers – Toolkit for Primary Schools Information on Universal Primary Free School Meals (UFSM), Free School Meals eligibility and school essentials (PDG Access). The toolkit includes messaging, social media copy, newsletter/school App copy, together with a Dropbox – English – Simplify your life // Dropbox – Cymraeg – Simplify your life Containing social media images, poster, leaflet and school banner design.
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Explains the support education professionals are entitled to and how they should engage with and reflect on it.
You can also access the Welsh Education Consortia website of professional learning to help you exploit the potential of the new curriculum.
REMINDER – Policy Insight Event 12/10/22
There are still spaces available for a Policy Insight event on 12 October to support launch of the new National Professional Learning Entitlement for all education professionals in Wales. As well as providing a virtual tour of the Entitlement, the event will include input from education consortia on how they are supporting the new Entitlement. Visit Hwb to register.
We are looking for schools across Wales to take part in case studies to demonstrate how they have planned for effective teaching and learning of citizenship education within the Curriculum for Wales.
Practitioner input to the review of resources and supporting materials
Following the National Network conversation on resources and supporting materials last year we are reviewing all resources on Hwb to ensure they align with the Curriculum for Wales.
We are especially keen for practitioners to play a key role quality assuring resources. Funding for your school and training support is available.
If you would like to contribute to this work, for more information please contact: CurriculumforWales@gov.wales
With the Curriculum for Wales journey continuing, we have developed a toolkit to help schools and settings communicate with parents and carers across Wales.
Familiarisation assessments are accessed on the assessment website via Hwb. These can be used at any time so that your learners can see the different question types. This is particularly important for Numeracy (Reasoning) where there are hints and audio clips.
Refresh your understanding of the personalised assessments and reports with the step-by-step videos and webinars on the system. The webinars will help you consider how you can use the assessment feedback and progress reports to support teaching and learning.
We want your views on the draft assessment arrangements for funded non-maintained nursery settings which seeks to support practitioners in:
- a shared understanding of progression
- supporting transition along 3 to 16 continuum
- communicating with parents and carers
- implementing appropriate initial assessment arrangements for young children.
Proposed amendments to the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016. This includes extending the definition of ‘social care worker’ to include childcare and play workers
If you work in the childcare or play sector have your say by 7 November 2022.
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New GCSEs for Wales
Qualifications Wales are reimagining qualifications for 14 to 16-year-olds, to support the Curriculum for Wales. A big part of this work is to create brand new Made-for-Wales GCSEs that support the key aims of the Curriculum.
The Welsh Government are seeking to appoint members for a four-year term commencing on 1 April 2023. Council members are responsible for the EWC’s governance, and work collaboratively with senior officers in setting the organisation’s strategic direction.
The closing date for applications is 9 November 2022.
Education Wales Council (EWC) updates:
- EWC event aimed at building relationships with parents/guardians – 8 November 2022 EWC teams up with ParentKind to present an all new Blueprint for Parent-Friendly Schools. An evidence-based, and easy to use tool, it aims to facilitate long-lasting improvements in parental participation. Claim for your free place.
- Check your staff are registered Education practitioners can’t work in Wales without EWC registration. Employers have a legal responsibility to check their staff are registered before they begin their employment. As we enter the new academic year, check yours now using your access to the register.
- Educators Wales features a range of services which bring together career, training, and job opportunities within Wales’ education sector into one, easy to access location
HWB NEWS AND RESOURCES
In celebration of Cwmpas’s 40th year anniversary, Cwmpas and Hwb announce the ‘Co-operators of Tomorrow’ competition for Key Stage 2 pupils.
Opportunities for educators in Wales to enhance and develop their classroom practice using Apple devices and network with teachers across Wales.
MFA will be turned on for all non-learner accounts in all schools at the end of the autumn term 2022.
UNBOXED: All Aboard SEE MONSTER
Sign-up for a free online assembly on weather and sustainability – 13 October, live from SEE MONSTER, a retired rig from the North Sea that was once used to extract fossil fuel.
Empowering young people to understand our climate and imagine a greener future has never been more vital. That’s why UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is inviting schools and other education organisations to a learning experience like no other
For further information go to: All Aboard SEE MONSTER
British Council will be arranging one international study visits in February 2023
Croatia – Health and Wellbeing
Organised by British Council, the study visits will include expert international speakers and all travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by British Council. To register interest, complete the expression of interest form by 21 October or contact firstname.lastname@example.org