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WELSH EDUCATION NEWS Funding to improve ventilation in schools and learning environments £3.31 million will be available to improve ventilation in schools, colleges and universities in Wales, Education Minister Jeremy Miles has announced. Carbon dioxide monitors in education settings

Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2021 Nominations are now open until 23 November 2021. The annual Professional Teaching Awards Cymru celebrates the inspirational education professionals across Wales. There are 10 categories ranging from the Inspirational Use of the Welsh Language to Outstanding New Teacher, to nominate go to www.gov.wales/teachingawardscymru

Professional learning ‘policy insight’ events coming up this term!  Three 1-hour virtual events will explore professional learning approaches for the new curriculum.  Led by teachers, the events are open to all educational practitioners. The first event focused on a new evaluation and improvement resource, with input from pilot schools. Visit Hwb to register and consider other upcoming events.

Covid-19 updates

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing during October half-term All staff and secondary / college learners should continue to test twice a week over half-term and preferably take an LFD test the night before they return to their setting after the break. Please help to remind parents, children and young people about the importance of COVID testing over half-term. LFD test kit ordering reminder Settings are now able to order LFD tests via this link: https://request-testing.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/ 

COVID-19 testing for children and young people and for staff working in special schools and colleges As announced last week, our advice on COVID-19 testing for children and young people and for staff working in special schools and colleges has changed from today, Monday 11 October. Answers to some frequently asked questions can be found here.

Updated: School operations: coronavirus

Children and young people with higher clinical risk and clinically extremely vulnerable adults: guidance for education settings (new page)

School attendance (coronavirus): guidance for schools


Strategic Voluntary Youth Work Organisation (SVYWO) Grant Scheme: application form The current National Voluntary Youth Organisation (NVYO) grant round is due to end in March 2022, and we are really pleased to say funding for voluntary youth organisations is likely to continue for 2022 onwards, however there will be some changes to the current format. As part of consideration of how we can help to ensure that good quality youth work experiences are available to all young people in Wales we need to ensure we consider ways in which we can offer greater levels of inclusion and diversity. We are therefore opening a new application round for 2022-2024 for the Strategic Voluntary Youth Work Organisation Grant.

Personalised Assessments – Planning ahead  Remember that Personalised Assessments are available for flexible use throughout the year. If you wish, you can use them early in the school year and then use the feedback and other reports to help with your planning for learner progression. The assessments can be taken a second time later in the year to assess progress.

Qualifications Wales: Qualifications for the Future: Reimagining Qualifications in Wales Qualifications Wales is launching a national conversation on the future of qualifications and publishing its decisions on the range of subjects in which a new generation of GCSEs will be co-created.

Changes to travelling to the UK using National Identity (ID) Cards From the 1 October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will need to use a valid passport to travel to the UK. ID cards will no longer be accepted as a valid travel document and it will not be possible to enter the UK using them. This will not apply EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 or otherwise have protected rights under the Citizens’ Rights Agreements. This will also not apply to Gibraltar ID cards issued to British citizens or to Irish passport cards which may continue to be used for travel to the UK.

Estyn: A review of the teaching of Welsh history and diversity 

NAEL: Leadership Unlocked 4, 11, 18 November 2021 9:30am – 11:30am Join us for the National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales’ next Leadership Unlocked webinar series. Registration essential

hwb and other resources

Adobe Creative Cloud purchasing window closes 31 October 2021 All maintained schools can place orders for additional licenses with their local authority who will purchase licenses on their behalf. To access the significantly reduced costs via Hwb, all orders have to be placed by the nominated local authority representative with the Caerphilly EdTech Service.

Safer Internet Day 2022 stakeholder planning event for Wales: 9 November This event on 9 November brings together organisations from across Wales to discuss the collaborative plans for the day. It is a good opportunity to hear directly from the UK Safer Internet Centre about what the SID 2022 campaign will involve.

Free training events for practitioners Adobe Creative Educator Level 2 training – 14 October Online Safety Live – 12, 14 and 19 October

What’s new in Hwb: 7 October A summary of recent Hwb resources and updates.


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