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Written Statement: School improvement and the information landscape The statement announces a programme of national sample-based monitoring, temporary Key Stage 4 qualifications outcomes reporting arrangements from 2023, the Social Finance research report exploring a new information system for schools and establishment of a co-construction group for developing a reformed information landscape.

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 the opportunity to take part in an open and informal chat with the minister, please email Dysg@gov.wales with your preferred date: 16:00 – 17:00 Thursday 16 February 16:00 – 17:00 Thursday 23 March 16:30 – 17:30 Thursday 27 April


Advice for parents in Wales to help protect against winter illnesses

Strep A, Scarlet Fever, iGAS, Fever assets

The importance of Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) registered Welsh Medium Childcare

Why you should have a Welsh medium Care Inspectorate Wales registered Out of School Childcare Club on your school site, read more.

Delivering a curriculum for funded non-maintained nursery settings: Practice and Provision

9.15 – 11.30am, 2 February 2023

Register here for the next National Network Conversation for Leaders of Funded Non-maintained Nursery (FNMN) Settings. An opportunity for setting leaders, to come together and share thoughts on implementing A curriculum for funded non-maintained nursery settings

Familiarise your learners with personalised assessments

Familiarisation assessments are accessed on the assessment website via Hwb. Learners can see the different question formats and how to navigate through the assessments.  This is particularly important for Numeracy (Reasoning) where there are hints and audio clips. 

Online personalised assessments: Spring 2023 update

Pilot projects to tackle the impact of poverty on educational achievement

A new pilot programme to support schools in tackling the impact poverty has on attainment has been launched.

£2.3m for Student Mental Health

Welsh Students to Get More Help with Living Costs

other education news

Estyn – Annual Report

Find out how well education and training is performing. In his first Annual Report as Chief Inspector, Owen Evans shares how the pandemic has affected learners’ progress and offers support for improvement.

National Academy for Educational Leadership (NAEL)

Curriculum Head-To-Head

25 January, 1 & 8 February, 1, 15 & 29 March 2023 11am

Meet with other senior leaders in small confidential groups, every Wednesday at 11am for 45 minutes. Anonymised key messages will be shared with Welsh Government to inform future developments. For the link, please contact nia.miles@agaa.cymru


Qualifications Wales: promoting and facilitating Welsh-medium qualifications

Have Your Say online to get involved today. Closes 3 February 2023.

Changes to school admission appeal arrangements

Consultation ends: 8 March 2023.

hwb news and resources

The ‘influencer’ effect

Part of Keeping safe online.

Conspiracy Theories in the classroom – Guidance for teachers

This resource aims to provide practitioners with guidance on how they might approach disinformation and conspiracy theories in the classroom.

Creative challenges using Adobe Express: January 2023

Adobe have created a series of monthly challenges for pupils age 7-16, which schools are welcome to use throughout the year.

Safer Internet Day 2023 – 7 February 2023

Safer Internet Day is fast approaching. What have you got planned?

What’s new in Hwb: 12 January

A summary of recent Hwb resources and updates.

other news

Chinese New Year Online Festival: Spring into the Year of the Rabbit

The Confucius Institute invites you and your class/es to come along to this year’s Chinese New Year Online Festival: Spring into the Year of the Rabbit 🐰 Our tutors will be streaming live interactive sessions via Zoom for secondary school & key stages 1 & 2 pupils on Friday 20 January. There will also be resources to use with your classes independently. Chinese New Year 2023 online and in-person activities for schoolchildren.

Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative 2023 Competition

The 2023 competition is now open for registration. It’s very straightforward to enter with a project on any area related to your cynefin or Welsh heritage, history or culture. Full details are on the WHSI website. All schools in Wales are invited to enter for a chance to win up to £1,000. Remember to register by 27 January 2023.

Supporting Service Children in Education Wales Newsletter

Please see the link to the SSCE Cymru’s School Newsletter for January 2023.

National Education Show, Llandudno

Book Your Curriculum Development Professional Training Day. Friday 16 June 2023.


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