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WELSH EDUCATION NEWS – 23/11/2023

Sourced from the latest Dysg eNewsletter.

Written Statement: Patterns in reading and numeracy attainment, from 2018/19 to 2022/23 The Welsh Government has today published a statistical report on patterns in attainment in reading and numeracy, using national-level data from personalised assessments.

Collaborative Evidence Network (CEN) seminar, 6 December 2023 4:00pm-6:00pm The research projects will disseminate the findings of three projects that focussed on the impact of the COVID disruption on GCSE, A Level and HE Learners. This includes an examination of how independent study habits changed for GCSE and A Level learners, an assessment of how student transitions were affected and an evaluation of the nature of online provision in Initial Teacher Education courses. 

WELSH GOVERNMENT EDUCATION NEWS

Community Focused Schools case studies

These case studies have been developed to support schools to develop their community focused schools approaches. They showcase examples of family, community and multi-agency engagement from a variety of schools. They build on our already published Community Focused Schools guidance.

The Youth Engagement and Progression Framework – Early Identification Guidance has been published

It focuses on the early identification of young people at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET) or becoming homeless. Please find the link to the new guidance.

Initial Teacher Education priority subject incentives: privacy notice

How we will handle any personal data you provide in relation to the ITE priority subject incentive scheme.

Iaith Athrawon Yfory Incentive Scheme: guidance for students 2024 to 2025

For students studying an accredited secondary postgraduate Initial Teacher Education programme enabling them to teach through the medium of Welsh or Welsh as a subject, leading to Qualified Teacher Status.

Salaried PGCE for AY2024/25 now open for applications

Salaried PGCE student teachers are employed in school while also completing their academic studies to become a school teacher. Choose to be secondary school teacher and a salary contribution is available to your employing school while you study. Further information including links on how to apply can be found on our Policy and Priorities statement and the Salaried Route page.

Taith: The call for Pathway 2 applications is now open!

Taith offers staff and pupils at schools in Wales the opportunity to participate in transformative and life changing international exchanges all over the world. A series of support webinars will be held, starting with an introduction to Pathway 2 on 16 October. More details of our upcoming webinars on our events page. The deadline for applications is 12pm on 30 November 2023. For further information on how to apply, please contact Rebecca Payne.

Personalised Assessments

  • Familiarise your learners with personalised assessments – Familiarisation assessments are accessed on the assessment website via Hwb. These can be used at any time so that your learners can see the different question types.  This is particularly important for Numeracy (Reasoning) where there are hints and audio clips. 
  • Numeracy (Reasoning) resources – These resources are available to help develop  learners’ reasoning skills once they have completed their assessments.  The resources can be accessed by teachers via the learner report and group skills profile reports. 

More Education News

Learning and Work Institute: Nominate an inspirational tutor or mentor for the 2024 Inspire! Tutor Awards 

We are inviting nominations on behalf of outstanding tutors, whose dedication, knowledge, and teaching skills have given adult learners the confidence and drive to reach their goals and transform their lives through adult education. Nominations close on 15 January 2024. Find out how to submit your entries for the awards.

Arts Council of Wales: Get involved in the Lead Creative Schools Scheme! 

This is an exciting opportunity for teachers and their schools to develop a dynamic pedagogy rich in authentic learning experiences. Your school’s journey through this funded scheme will be unique and address specific challenges.

Estyn: New report on the successes and challenges of delivering Essential Skills Wales

The study shows the challenges providers face delivering important literacy, numeracy and digital skills. The current assessment model is skewing the teaching of essential skills toward preparing for assessment. Find insights, case studies and recommendations in the report.

EWC: Code of Professional Conduct and Practice

Important news for Education Workforce Council (EWC) registrants. The Code has been updated to reflect new registration categories. The Code sets out the standards expected of EWC registrants and is intended to support and guide their behaviours and judgements.

Hwb and other resources

Educational visits guidance for further education institutions

This playlist contains links and resources for staff in further education institutions who are responsible for planning, leading and approving educational visits.

Minecraft Esport Cymru 2023 to 2024

Bring Minecraft Esport to your school this year.

Hwb Presents… Microsoft – 5 December

Microsoft are joining us virtually on 5 December with demonstrations to help promote inclusive work habits as well as tips & tricks and for enhancing your productivity.

other news

Mighty Food Waste Mission: Teachers / Eco Schools!

Over 100 schools in Wales have signed up to the Mighty Food Waste Mission. Have you? There are less than 2 weeks left to get involved. Check out some of the fantastic entries so far! Register today!

Wales Journal of Education: Publishing your research

The Focus on Practice collection in WJE invites teachers to submit articles which present unique insights into teaching in Wales. If you’d like to discuss an idea for an article, get in touch!

  

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