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New blog item: Estyn’s assessment of how schools are preparing for the new curriculum Estyn has been fully involved throughout the development of the Curriculum for Wales. We have recently published our pilot inspection framework to explain how we will inspect schools during this transition phase and following September 2022.

National Network for Curriculum Implementation Teachers, can you help facilitate a National Network conversation about the new Curriculum? They’re important to the whole profession! Bethan Brynllywarch Hall School explains why.

Love it. Teach it. New campaign launched to encourage individuals into teaching. Meet these inspirational teachers and read their individual stories to find out what motivates them to change young lives around their own passions, hobbies and experiences. 


Phased easing of Covid restrictions to continue – First Minister

Wales will complete the move to alert level 0 on 28 January, First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed today, unless the public health situation changes for the worse. 

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

Calling all schools and pupils in Wales!

Please help the Anti-Bullying Alliance evaluate the impact of Anti-Bullying Week 2021 by filling in the short survey below. 

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

Development of a theory of change and evaluability assessment for the whole school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing

The aim of this research was to develop programme theory for a whole school approach (WSA) to mental health and emotional wellbeing, resulting in a logic model outlining the components and processes through which the programme may bring about intended outcomes and under what conditions. 

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.

Winter Fuel Support Scheme

Eligible people in Wales may be able to claim a one-off £100 payment from their local Council to provide support towards paying their winter fuel bills. Deadline for applications 18 February.  Please share with parents, carers and networks.

personalised assessments

New resources

Did you know that Numeracy (Reasoning) Assessments are live and available to be scheduled?  Once they are completed, teachers have access to new resources which they can use to help develop their learners’ reasoning skills.  The resources can be accessed via the learner report and group skills profile reports.


The independent schools regulations and guidance: call for evidence

Closes 4 February 2022

To respond please use the online response form or email schoolfoodandindependentschools@gov.wales 

Welsh Language Communities Housing Plan

Consultation ends: 22 February 2022


Holocaust Memorial Day – 27 January

Ability to record Google Meet via Hwb continuing…

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 judging

What’s new in Hwb: 20 January


‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ campaign

The award-winning ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ campaign to increase children’s vegetable intake, is returning in February. We are supporting the campaign by funding a bilingual schools’ programme for all primary and special schools. You can sign up for regular campaign updateshere. If, for any reason, your school cannot participate, please email ysgolion@vegpower.org.uk by January 31 with your school name and postcode. 

Winter of Wellbeing

To celebrate the launch, children and young people are being invited to nominate and share a book that’s made a positive difference to how they feel. Nominations are open to all books, in English or Welsh, including fiction, non-fiction, picture books, poetry, Manga, graphic novels and more.

A New Curriculum for Wales – GEM training event

GEM have organised an online training event for Welsh museum and school staff which will disseminating the results of the nationwide survey that was undertaken in November & December 2021. This event is for all museums and schools in Wales to hear about current innovative museum and classroom practice relating to the introduction of the new curriculum for Wales. See for more information and how to book 

STEM in Storytelling

Join us for STEM in Storytelling to hear how stories can be part of your STEM lessons. Every day Mon 31/1 to Fri 4/2 for 15 minutes at 12.45 & 3.45. Details and booking

Competition: If you were an Engineer, what would you do?

The competition asks learners between the ages of 3-19 years from across the UK to come up with ideas for engineering inventions that could change the world. Winning and shortlisted pupil designs will be displayed at public exhibitions across the UK. 

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!!


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