May update for Wales

Get your May updates from our Regional Officer for Wales.

By Elizabeth Williams, Senior Professional Officer (Wales)

Now that it is finally Spring and the new term is upon us, the end of the academic year is in sight. But there is a lot to get through before you can hang up your green pens for the school year! We are involved in teachers’ pay negotiations for next year and the new draft curriculum has just been launched, so there is a lot to work on before the end of the Summer term.
 
For those of you working in early years settings, I hope you are able to enjoy the weather while the children are busy learning in outdoor play!

NEW THIS MONTH

Teacher Wellbeing in Wales Survey

The Education Support Partnership, which Voice supports, has launched a survey regarding the wellbeing of teachers and leaders in Wales. The results will be used to identify specific groups of staff at different career stages that have the highest risk of poor wellbeing and to understand the work-related and personal factors contributing to this.  This will help in planning effective interventions to help the education workforce throughout Wales.

I would be very grateful if you could take a couple of minutes of your time to complete the survey

Complete survey

The deadline is 12 May so please complete your response as soon as possible. Thank you!

Teachers’ Pay 2019/20:  Next steps

Deborah Lawson, Voice General Secretary, Deborah Simpson, Voice's Director Pay, Pensions and Workforce, and I gave oral evidence to the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) in Cardiff on 1 May. The panel were very interested to hear our views and we spent an hour and a half in discussions with panel members. The IWPRB will publish their report by 12 June.

In the meantime, I will be taking part in remit discussions at the next stakeholder forum meeting on 10 May for teachers’ pay and conditions in 2020/21. The forum will be considering the recommendations of the report, Teaching: A Valued Profession, and which recommendations might be appropriate to include in future remits to the IWPRB. Click here to view the report.

The New Draft Curriculum Is Here!

The draft curriculum for Wales has now been published by the Welsh Government. Click here to view the written statement and click here to view the draft curriculum. 

Phase 3 of the implementation lasts until 19 July 2019 and consists of opportunities to provide feedback on the draft curriculum. Please do tell me what you think, and I can relay your comments, questions and concerns directly to the Minister for Education and the Welsh Government.

There will also be several stakeholder engagement events throughout Wales that are open for you to attend:

Date Consortia (region) Lleoliad/Location Sesiynau/Session Amseru/Timings
7 May EAS Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran 4 9.00-17.00
8 May EAS Christchurch Centre, Newport 4 9.00-17.00
9 May EAS Christchurch Centre, Newport 4 9.00-17.00
10 May EAS Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran 4 9.00-17.00
13 May ERW Parc y Scarlets 2 10.00-15.00
15 May ERW Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells 2 10.00-15.00
3 June ERW Queens Hall, Narberth 3 9.00-16.00
4 June ERW Queens Hall, Narberth 3 9.00-17.00
5 June CSC Cardiff City Stadium 2 9.00-16.00
6 June CSC Vale Resort, Hensol 2 9.00-16.00
6 June ERW Parc y Scarlets 3 9.00-17.00
7 June ERW Parc y Scarlets 3 9.00-16.00
7 June CSC Heritage Park Hotel, RCT 1 9.00-12.00
11 June CSC Heritage Park Hotel, RCT 2 9.00-12.00
11 June ERW Village Hotel, Swansea 3 9.00-17.00
12 June CSC Vale Resort, Hensol 2 9.00-16.00
13 June CSC Novotel Cardiff 2 9.00-16.00
13 June ERW Village Hotel, Swansea 3 9.00-16.00
14 June ERW Liberty Stadium, Swansea 3 9.00-16.00
17 June ERW Aberystwyth 3 9.00-16.00
18 June ERW Aberystwyth 3 9.00-16.00
19 June ERW Village Hotel, Swansea 3 9.00-16.00
20 June ERW MRC Wales, Llandrindod 3 9.00-17.00
21 June ERW MRC Wales, Llandrindod 3 9.00-16.00
W/C 17 June GwE North West 1 Half-day
W/C 17 June GwE North East 1 Half-day
W/C 3 June GwE North West 3 All-day
W/C 3 June GwE North Central 3 All-day
W/C 3 June GwE North East 3 All-day
13 May GwE Optic Technium 1 AM
14 May GwE Galeri Caernarfon 1 AM
15 May GwE Beaufort Park 1 AM
16 May GwE Catrin Finch Centre 1 AM
17 May GwE Glasdir Conference Centre 1 AM
20 May GwE Gwesty Carreg Bran 1 AM

 

Design Ventura Challenge for KS4

I’ve been contacted by the Design Museum about an annual competition that may be of interest to D&T teaching members.

Design Ventura is the Design Museum’s award-winning design and enterprise challenge for students. Each year, students aged 13 – 16 are challenged to design a new product for the Design Museum Shop. The top ten shortlisted schools are invited to the Design Museum to pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges and the winning product is made and sold in the Shop. This coming year is the 10th year of the competition. Visit their website here.

Last year, a number of schools in Wales took part in the project and the Design Museum is interested in extending its offer to more schools, teachers and students in Wales. The project is entirely free, includes numerous online resources, teacher CPD sessions, Student Museum workshops, online webinars and more.

Wales Executive Committee (WEC)

WEC meeting venues move around Wales to enable local members to attend. Would you be interested in attending a WEC meeting in Cardiff? We would be delighted to welcome you and would be very interested to hear your views. Expenses and refreshments will be provided. Please let me know if this is something that would interest you. My contact details are below.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 13 May at 4.00pm in Cardiff at Community Cardiff, 20 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 1LJ.


Elizabeth Williams 

Senior Professional Officer (Wales)

01332 378 029 / 07972 482931 

elizabethwilliams@voicetheunion.org.uk  

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