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Dydd Miwsig CymruFriday, 9 February 2024 is the ninth Dydd Miwsig Cymru, so why not join the celebrations with your school? Listening to Welsh language music is a great tool for learning both in and out of the classroom, and can be a way for parents who don’t speak Welsh to get closer to their child’s Welsh language world in a fun and accessible way. Miwsig is for everyone. Here are some ideas on how to get involved and how your class can take miwsig home with them.

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC): all schools in Wales open to all pupils The Welsh Government’s investment in its education buildings has paid dividend, with no further cases of RAAC having been identified in Wales and all schools now open for all pupils.


National Network Conversations 2024 – Book today to secure your place!

31 January 2024, Cardiff City Stadium and 6 February, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Register today!

A great opportunity to:

  • Receive the latest update on the Curriculum for Wales: Continuing the Journey guidance and see what this means for your school or setting;
  • Contribute to the national conversation about Curriculum Design and Progression;
  • Share your thoughts on opportunities and challenges in the six areas of learning and experience, to help shape policy and practice to benefit all learners in Wales; and
  • Network with fellow practitioners from across Wales, and get your voice heard.

Education Wales Blog

Delivery of Essential Skills Wales qualifications in apprenticeship programmes: government response

Our response to Estyn’s thematic review on the Delivery of Essential Skills Wales qualifications in apprenticeship programmes. You can read Estyn’s full report on their website.

Personalised Assessments

  • Data agreement – Headteachers, remember you must accept the data agreement for 2023 to 2024 school year and review staff functions before staff can access the personalised assessment system.
  • Setting up staff access for learner and group reports – To access reports you must be assigned the correct functions by your headteacher or staff member acting on their behalf. Find out more!

More Education News

Estyn launches Ready Already campaign

Estyn’s latest campaign, Ready Already, aims to reassure education providers across Wales that there is no need to overprepare for inspection, but to teach as they usually would. Ready Already features providers in various roles, who have recent experience of the latest inspection framework who provide honest feedback on inspections. Find out more.

Estyn: New report – Improving attendance in secondary schools

Estyn’s report focuses on attendance in secondary schools since the removal of COVID-19 restrictions. The report explores attendance levels of secondary pupils across Wales, and what support is being given to schools by local authorities and Welsh Government.

Qualifications Wales: Full 14-16 Qualifications Offer decisions report and webinar coming soon 

On 30 January, Qualifications Wales will be publishing the decisions of the Full 14-16 Qualifications Offer consultation, which took place in 2023.  The qualifications regulator is excited to share its findings and looks forward to bringing a New 14-16 Qualifications Offer to Wales. Keep an eye on the Qualifications Wales website for all the details. To find out more, you can register for the public webinar on Thursday 1 February 16:00 – 17:30, to gain further insight into the findings and decisions.

Learning and Work Institute: Inspire! Tutor Awards 2024 – New closing date

The awards recognise the valuable work of tutors and mentors in supporting lifelong learning across Wales. Nominations close on 22 January 2024. Find out how to submit your entries for the awards.

New issue of the Wales Journal of Education

The Journal includes articles on primary school parent governors, the impact of COVID-19 on children under the age of five in Wales, Modern Foreign Language as a GCSE subject, and supporting adult ESOL learners who have experienced trauma. The journal is free and an essential academic resource for reading the latest research on education policy and practice.

hwb and other RESOURCES

Apply for the Wales Lessons from Auschwitz Project supported by the Welsh Government

Join the Project in Spring 2024. 16-18 students can visit in-person the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland, will hear testimony from a Holocaust survivor and will join seminars with Holocaust education experts.

Adobe opportunities: January

New live lessons using Adobe Express / Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 and 2 English training sessions / resources lesson packs.

other news

Forestry and Arboriculture Roadshow returns to Coleg Glynllifon following last year’s success!

A day of interactive workshops for ages 14 – 16. The Roadshow at Coleg Glynllifon will give learners the opportunity to find out about careers with trees and timber, the skills required and next steps to a develop a successful career. For further information and to register for the event RFS Careers Roadshow.


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