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Updates to the Curriculum for Wales Guidance, 11th January 2022 – a Summary Changes to the Curriculum for Wales Guidance, as trailed in a previous blog item, have now been made, either in response to consultation feedback or legislation being passed in the Senedd.  

National Network for Curriculum Implementation After the success of the Autumn 2021 National Network Conversations there is another opportunity for leaders and practitioners to help inform, plan, collaborate and facilitate the conversations for Spring 2022. You can register an interest by 20 January 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 are interested in taking part, please email dysg@gov.wales


Ordering LFTs Schools are reminded to order LFTs on behalf of staff and learners online via gov.uk. This includes primary schools who can now order tests to support the daily testing of any primary pupil aged 5 or older identified as a close contact whose parent or guardian choose to take up this option and cannot access tests elsewhere. All orders will be delivered directly to the school.   Ordering journey for education and childcare settings

Education COVID asset bank Education COVID assets around behaviours and guidance have been updated on the asset bank in line with recent changes to testing and self-isolation guidance. There are also new assets on reassurance around exams and vocational qualifications in the folder. Published Assets (assetbank-server.com)

Survey for parents/carers, children and young people: Reform of the School Day  As part of our Programme for Government we are seeking views on changes to the length of the school day and school year. We are eager to hear from parents, carers, children and young people.  We’ve worked with Parentkind and Child Poverty Action Group to put a short survey together. Please share with your parents/carers. Thank you.

New Children’s Commissioner for Wales announced The First Minister has announced the appointment of Rocio Cifuentes as the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales. Ms Cifuentes will take up the position in April 2022 when Sally Holland’s tenure as Commissioner ends. Written statement

Additional Learning Needs guides A series of guides to support local authorities, practitioners, parents and carers during the first year of implementation. Technical guide Practitioner guide Guide for parents and families Written Statement: Additional funding for Additional Learning Needs provision

National Academy for Educational Leadership Online Well-being Conference Join the National Academy for Educational Leadership for its second online well-being conference on Thursday 27 January 2022, 9am-3pm.  The conference will explore ‘Compassionate Leadership’ and how we can use this philosophy to nurture a culture across the education sector where the well-being of our leaders is prioritised. Free, open to all, booking essential.

Start Something Good Challenge | Big Ideas Wales Are your learners full of ideas and wanting to make a difference in the world and improve people’s lives? Give them an opportunity to take part in the Start Something Good Challenge to help them develop ambition, enterprise and creativity. It’s open to 11-18 individuals and groups. Closing date: 25 March 2022.

International Learning Exchange Programme – vote now! Our exciting new international exchange programme will take Wales to the world and bring the world to Wales. But first it needs a name. Have your say: nametheopportunity.cymru

Post-16 consistent performance measures newsletter: further education and schools This newsletter provides an update on the post-16 consistent performance measures.


Miwsig y Siarter Iaith Looking for modern Welsh language music for your learners? Radio Cymru 2 will be creating a new playlist every month on BBC Sounds which is easy to find, simple to use and available free of charge to schools and parents. Safer Internet Day 2022 Film Competition What’s new in Hwb: 13 January


2022 – The Urdd’s Centenary Find out how you can be part of the of the centenary celebrations. On the day itself – 25 January – two Guinness World Records™ title attempts will be made!!

Welcome to Your Vote Week Welcome to Your Vote Week empowers young people to become engaged citizens. During the last week in January (24th-28th), the Electoral Commission is asking educators and partners to participate in a week of awareness raising for newly enfranchised young people in Wales. Register your interest at or contact learning@electoralcommission.org.uk

‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ Project Applications are now open for all schools with a post-16 provision in Wales to take part in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s interactive digital project, Lessons from Auschwitz Online.   Deadline for applications 17 February 2022


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