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Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2024 Time is running out! You have until midnight on Friday 2 February to nominate inspirational education professionals.

How a community focussed school in Newport is tackling inequality The Education Minister Jeremy Miles has met with staff, pupils and parents at Maindee Primary school in Newport, to see how a community focussed school is helping to ensure all learners reach their full potential.


“Tackling child poverty is at the heart of everything we do,” vows Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip

Our new Child Poverty Strategy aims to tackle the harmful effects of living in poverty and improve opportunities for children living in poverty. 

Children and Young People’s Plan. 

Statement by the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language: Tackling the impact of poverty on attainment.

Structure of the School Year

  • School year consultation podcast – Hear headteachers discuss the implications of a two-week break in Autumn and re-balancing Spring term.
  • Call for participants: As part of the school year consultation, we are looking for representatives from the education workforce to participate in a focus group. If you would like to participate, please email.

Coming soon – Cynllun Pontio

Applications open on 5 February 2024

We are looking for Welsh-speaking teachers to join our Cynllun Pontio and gain experience to teach in Welsh Medium secondary schools. The programme will be open to Welsh-speaking:

  • Primary teachers in Wales interested in developing their careers to teach in secondary school
  • Teachers outside Wales who wish to return to teach in Wales
  • Teachers who have been away from teaching for at least 5 years and want to return to the profession.

Written Statement: Commission for Tertiary Education and Research – Update

Personalised Assessments

Seren Academy – residential summer schools 2024

Applications for the 2024 Seren residential summer schools are now open! There will be five year 12 and one year 11 residential Seren summer schools taking place this year. Applications for each residential summer school close on 12 February 2024. Seren learners will need to complete an application form.

Coetiroedd Bach Grant

The third round of the Coetiroedd Bach Grant will open in February and close on 8 May 2024. The Welsh Government is offering funding (via the National Lottery Heritage Fund) to create Tiny Forests’ the size of a tennis court to help students reconnect with nature and raise awareness of climate change.

research and evaluation

Have your say on the Pupil Development Grant (PDG)

Have your say by 19 February 2024

This research project aims to gather your views and perceptions of the Pupil Development Grant (PDG) to explore the effective targeting, governance and strategies of the grant that impact outcomes for learners. This research is being funded by the Welsh Government to support policy development in the area of deprivation funding. The research project is being carried out by the Collaborative Institute for Education Research, Evidence and Impact at Bangor University. 

Guidance to support meaningful work experience placements

We have commissioned the Careers Development Institute and Arad Research to develop guidance for learners, schools and employers to support the delivery of meaningful work experience placements for young people in education. If you are a member of your school’s senior leadership team and would be able to take part in an online discussion during January, please email Joanne Davis, Arad Research jo@arad.wales or register your interest.

New Collaborative Evidence Network (CEN) seminar

7 February 2024, 4:00pm – 5.30pm

The sixth seminar focuses on professional learning and initial teacher education. This includes an investigation of the pandemic on the professional learning needs of teachers in Wales as part of the Schools as Learning Organisations framework. It also includes an evaluation of the nature of online provision in Initial Teacher Education courses. Pop this date, time and link in your calendar.

More Education News

Welsh Education Consortia: Equity in Education – Professional Learning

Teaching and Learning to support Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Learners – find out more about the resources and how you can use them in your classroom.

Hwb and other resources

Dydd Santes Dwynwen: 25 January 2024

Dydd Santes Dwynwen named after Dwynwen, the 5th century princess and Welsh patron saint of lovers.

Safer Internet Day – 6 February 2024

Safer Internet Day 2024 is fast approaching and we are offering a range of activities and events for schools in Wales. Find out more about how you can get involved.

Wales Young Poets Award: deadline extended

The deadline for the Wales Young Poets Award, Poetry Wales’ bilingual competition for poets aged 10 to17, has been extended until 29 February 2024

Technocamps micro:bit Resources Launch Events

To support the BBC and micro:bit Foundation’s new micro:bit – the next gen campaign, Technocamps are hosting professional learning events for primary school teachers across Wales during February and March.

other news

Save a Life Cymru

Free Public Access Defibrillators are available for secondary schools in Wales. If you don’t currently have a defibrillator, contact: SaveALifeCymru@wales.nhs.uk

The Further Maths Support Programme Wales: Maths and Numeracy – Wales

The Further Maths Support Programme Wales (FMSPW) newsletter offers a range of mathematical support for learners.


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