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Three new net zero carbon schools to be built – with design help from school pupils Education and Welsh Language Minister Jeremy Miles has today (Friday March 24th) announced three new net zero carbon schools will be built, one in north Wales, one in south-west Wales and a third in south-east Wales.

Changes to ALN implementation timeframe The Minister for Education and Welsh Language has announced the decision to extend the implementation period of the ALN Act from three years to four years. Further information available in this letter to all headteachers.

New: Curriculum for Wales blog post Curriculum summaries must be published, but the way they’re presented will depend on your school’s context. See some great examples on our blog!

Headteachers’ Conference, 23 March Thank you to all who joined us during the online session yesterday. As mentioned, we will share the recording of the session here next week. You can access the takeaways by scrolling down here.


NEW DATES – Policy Insights

Bookings for NEW Policy Insights are open on Hwb. The first event on 29 March will explore family engagement policy and practice in the context of community focused schools.  The next event on 25 April will showcase new Curriculum for Wales professional learning resources including practical religion, values and ethics (RVE) modules, interactive Children’s Rights resources and bitesize diversity and anti-racist professional learning (DARPL).

Performance management in schools – changing the culture

The Welsh Government is developing revised performance management guidance to bring arrangements in line with other changes in education.

We want to engage with a range of practitioners (teachers, leaders, and support staff) from all phases, via online Teams meetings in May.

If you would like to join in, please email.

Personalised Assessments: Headteachers please action

Teachers can benefit from using the personalised assessment reports to plan learners’ progression but, if you have not yet accepted your personalised assessments data agreement for 2022-23, your staff will not have access to those reports.  Please log into Hwb to accept the data agreement and review staff functions as soon as possible.

written statements

Whole School Approach to Oracy and Reading

14-16 curriculum offer and qualifications

Funding for Attendance and Community Focussed Schools

Proposals to add to the categories of those required to register with the Education Workforce Council – second consultation response

more education news

NAEL: Become an Associate

For this next round of Associates, we are particularly interested in appointing senior leaders from a range of educational settings across Wales including:

  • Assistant Headteachers
  • Deputy Headteachers
  • Headteachers
  • Senior leaders from the youth work sector
  • Senior leaders from Post Compulsory Education & Training (includes further education, adult community learning and work-based learning).

Deadline for applications 12 May 2023 12:00pm.

Hwb and Curriculum for Wales Resources

Adobe and Sky allowing young people’s voices and views to be heard

The Edit is a digital storytelling challenge that gives young people aged 8-18 the chance to create a 90-second news report on topics that matter.

Curriculum for Wales resources on Hwb

Reviewed and updated resources to support the delivery of the Curriculum for Wales in your classroom:

Creative challenges using Adobe Express: March / April 2023

Adobe have created a series of monthly challenges for pupils age 7-13, which schools are welcome to use throughout the year.

Minecraft Virtual Classroom – Artemis Mission

Ignite STEM learning for all your learners with the Minecraft Education NASA Artemis Mission Live Classroom Workshop.

Resources on the Good Friday Agreement

10 April marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. Ahead of it and the anniversary of the referenda that gave effect to the Agreement on 22 May. National Archives are launching a package of educational materials on the journey to the Agreement and its continuing role which will be available from 23 March .

NEW Professional Learning Resources – Religion, values and ethics (RVE)

Created by practitioners for practitioners, NEW professional learning resources to support you through the changes to RVE (formally RE) within the Curriculum for Wales are available here

Other news

Stay aware, stay safe, stay together: Tom’s campaign

A safety initiative intended to be part of the pastoral studies programme at schools and colleges in Wales, aimed at learners aged 16-18 years to increase awareness of the need to prepare before going on holiday abroad.

Hay Festival free programme for schools! 

Sign up for this year’s free Hay Festival Programme for Schools for a chance to see some of the world’s most inspiring writers in-person and online, Thursday 25 (KS2) and Friday 26 May (KS3/4), including Bear Grylls, Mererid Hopwood, Joseph Coelho and more.

British Council: Community Focused Schools Conference, Cardiff 23 May 2023

British Council Wales is pleased to announce a daylong conference on Community Focused Schools for education practitioners in Wales. It will include keynote speeches by Community School experts from the USA, case studies and best practice from schools in Wales and more.

Exploring the Professional Learning and Development of Headteachers in Wales

Survey is part of research undertaken by PHD student in collaboration with NAEL and the WG.


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