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Mental health awareness week: 9-15 May 2022 Mental Health Awareness Week seeks to inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for everyone. Hwb Whole School Approach playlist  Education Support

Visibility of free period products ahead of exam season With exam season approaching it is important that schools ensure that having a period doesn’t impact on a young person’s ability to sit their exams.  Feedback suggests some students are uncomfortable asking for free period products or are unaware that products are available in schools. Please consider ensuring that period products are displayed in an easily accessible place and encourage all students to take what they need. If possible, consider additional ways to let students know that products are available at school and that not having period products should not affect their ability to attend school and sit exams.

Pob Lwc Day On Monday (16 May) we’re wishing Pob Lwc to learners as exams and assessments begin across Wales. We’re encouraging the whole of Wales to get involved, by posting on social media, creating videos, or taking a photo to wish learners taking their exams and assessments Pob Lwc. Don’t forget to download the Pob Lwc toolkit to find out how you can take part. For hints, tips and information to get you through the 2022 exam and assessment season, visit the Power Up website.

Curriculum for Wales

NEW: Editable resources for schools to share with parents/carers

To support schools with communications to parents regarding the curriculum, we’ve created editable newsletter templates which schools can update, and which include useful links to Welsh Government resources. 

Your Professional Learning Entitlement – Don’t miss the opportunity to have your say

Please join us on 24 or 25 May to find out about the NEW National Professional Learning entitlement. The sessions are open to teachers, teaching assistants, supply teachers and head teachers working in primary, secondary and special schools and PRUs across Wales.

Please complete the Booking Form to register.


COVID-19 guidance for universities and colleges changes

The Welsh Government has formally removed the Infection Control Framework for Higher and Further Education institutions from today.

Reminder: Keynote speech – Higher Education in Wales – Virtual Event 19 May 2022 at 6pm

A live event with Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language

An opportunity for the Minister to share his vision and priorities for the Higher Education sector in Wales.  Followed by a Q&A session with the Minister and Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Universities Wales.

No need to register. You can view the live feed here

Would you like to ask the panel a question? email: james.westlake@gov.wales

Nominations for the 2022 Youth Work Excellence Awards are open now!

The Youth Work Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate outstanding youth work practice in Wales. From today, until 1 July, you can submit nominations.

Good luck!

Applications for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2022 are now open

Apprenticeship Awards Cymru rewards individuals, learning providers, and employers who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Employability and Apprenticeship Programmes across Wales.

qualifications wales

Less than a week left – Survey for learners aged 13 and over!

As part of their Qualified for the future work, Qualifications Wales needs the help of learners aged 13 and over to help shape the new generation of GCSEs. There is a short survey for learners to share their views on GCSEs and assessment which runs until Wednesday 18 May, 5pm. You can find more information on the Qualifications Wales website.

Exam information

The JCQ have confirmed that for the June 2022 series only, centres managing exams can increase the ratio of candidates to invigilator where needed. For more detailed information please refer to their guidance here 

Qualifications Wales ensures learners in Wales are not disadvantaged by policy changes in England

The UK Government’s Department for Education has today published a list of qualifications that overlap with waves 1 and 2 of T levels and will therefore be defunded in England from August 2024.


Liberty Protection Safeguards – New Regulations in Wales

Are consulting on the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). This new safeguarding system will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, and will extend the system to include young people aged 16 and 17.

Consultation ends: 7 July 2022

Draft framework for Welsh in English medium education 

Closes 13 May 2022 

Subordinate legislation under the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Act 2021

Closing date 17 May 2022

New registration categories for the Education Workforce Council

Closes 24 May 2022 

personalised assessments

Please remember:

  • The personalised Assessments Administration Handbook for 2021 to 2022 sets out the statutory 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.

Training and development

Did you know, there are a number of training and development resources available for teachers to support them in using the personalised assessments? Training webinars can be found here

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.

hwb and other resources

Code Club global birthday codealong

We’re inviting all educators and their learners to join the Code Club team online to complete a fun birthday project in Scratch.

World Fair Trade Day

World Fair Trade Day takes place on 14 May. Take a look at the resources on Hwb around fair trade.

What’s new in Hwb: 5 May

other news

Hay Festival Programme for schools out now

It’s back! Sign up here for this year’s free Hay Festival 2022 Programme for Schools for a chance to see some of the world’s most inspiring writers in-person and online on Thursday 26 May (KS2) and Friday 27 May (KS3/4). Including Caryl Lewis, Cressida Cowell, Anthony Horowitz, Roma Agrawal, Eric Ngalle Charles, Natasha Bowen, Jacqueline Wilson, Yvette Fielding, Alex Wheatle, Laura Bates, Jeffrey Boakye and many more.

Life’s Big Questions – weekly science challenges for schools this summer term

Dreamachine Schools invites teachers and pupils across the UK to take part in Life’s Big Questions – an interactive nationwide children’s survey into the senses this summer term with Martin Dougan (CBBC Newsround). The first 500 schools to register will have the opportunity to win an in-school science workshop!  Sign up now

MoD Education Support Fund (ESF) 2023

The Ministry of Defence is inviting applications for 2023 from schools with a cohort of service children whose parents experience frequent mobility and deployment. Applications from UK schools are invited by 30 September 2022. This funding is entirely separate from funding available from the Welsh Government via the Supporting Service in Children Cymru Programme.

The German Teacher Awards 2022

The application window for nominations for this year’s German Teacher Awards, celebrating the achievements of teachers of German across the UK closes on Sunday 15 May 2022. Please click on the link for further information and a copy of the application form: www.uk.diplo.de/gta


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