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Region 2 Cymru Wales Region Newsletter - November 2016

All the latest news and events from ASE Cymru including 'Effective STEM engagement' conference at the National Museum Cardiff

Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC) 2016

STEM Teacher Education - Initial and Continuing professional development is the 7th Science and Mathe-matics Education Conference (SMEC). 16th-17th June 2016 Institute of Education, DCU St. Patrick’s College

Region 2 Cymru/Wales Newsletter - May 2015

All that latest news and events from ASE Cymru Wales.

Guidance for Key Stages 2 and 3 – Exemplification of national curriculum level descriptions for Key Stages 2 and 3

These materials, provide key messages for practitioners for planning, teaching, learning and progression across all national curriculum subjects at Key Stages 2 and 3. •English – Guidance for Key Stages 2 and 3 •Maths – Guidance for Key Stages 2 and 3 •Science – Guidance for Key Stages 2 and 3 •Welsh first language – Guidance for Key Stages 2 and 3 •Welsh second language – Guidance for Key Stages 2 and 3

National School Categorisation System

National School Categorisation System Categorisation shows the schools that need the most help and guidance to improve, those that are doing well but could be doing better and those that are highly effective and can help others. The new system replaces secondary school banding and includes the Programme for Government commitment to introduce a primary school banding system. It will help make sure schools receive the help and support that they need to secure the very best outcomes for their pupils. This new system is not purely data-driven but also takes into account the quality of leadership and teaching and learning in our schools. The system evaluates and assesses schools and places them in a support category by using: ◾a range of performance measures ◾a self-evaluation by the school on its capacity to improve in relation to leadership and teaching and learning ◾an assessment of the school’s self-evaluation by challenge advisers in the regional consortia, agreed with the local authority. The colour-coded support category for each primary, middle and secondary school is now available along with the benchmark boundaries used in the calculation of the standards groups. The full outcomes (external link) of the categorisation system are available on the My Local School website. As part of the agreed National Model for Regional Working, ourselves, local government, regional consortia and the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) have worked together to ensure a national approach to the categorisation of schools. If you have any queries on categorisation please contact

Region 2 Cymru Wales Newsletter - September 2014

Region 2 Cymru Wales Newsletter - September 2014

Region 2 ASE Cymru Wales Newsletter - April 2014

Download the latest news and events in ASE Cymru Wales.

Skills Fusion CPD

Young people concentrating on these areas very often do not know, or realise that rewarding careers based on STEM subjects are possible in the creative industries, nor that many of computer generated imagery (CGI), that they see on the big screen, have been created here in the UK and not Hollywood. This talk will provide a contextualization to the issues facing the VFX film industry and the opportunities it therein offers students. It is recognised through the landmark report published by NESTA – The Next Gen Report -, that the skills problem starts with schools. There is a knowledge gap between the classroom and jobs, and that without interventions such as Skills Fusion, the UK film industry will not be able to maintain its position as a leading country to do business in the global marketplace.

Skills in Science

During the past academic year exciting developments have taken place in Wales in secondary schools and their feeder primary schools. They have had excellent CPD and have been given a range of resources to use in the classroom. The work was funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) which aims to improve the education of children and young people in Science. Anne Goldsworthy who led the CPD will outline some of the good practice that was developed with the teachers and present some useful ideas on teaching skills in science as children move from KS 2 to KS 3.

“You Should ask Wallace” - Theatr na n’Óg

The play tells the story of Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 -1913), a Victorian naturalist, who was born in Wales, and who discovered the theory of evolution, and then shared the idea with Charles Darwin... and as they say the rest is history.

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