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Pupil Development Grant and Early Years Pupil Development Grant

23/03/18
These grants provide financial support to help tackle the effects of poverty on attainment.
 

Effective management of school workforce attendance

20/12/17
An overview of the roles and responsibilities, with regards to attendance management, of all those involved in the education of children and young people.
 

Annual Report to Schools

08/12/17
The report includes web links to all documents produced for schools and their governing bodies over the past academic year of 2016 - 2017.
 

Global futures – a plan to improve and promote modern foreign languages in Wales

05/12/17
The five-year plan sets out how we will work with the regional education consortia and key partners to help learners in Wales communicate effectively in other languages and appreciate other cultures.
 

School attendance and religious festivals guidance 2017 to 2018

04/12/17
This document provides overarching guidelines which head teachers may use in determining whether to grant an authorised absence for religious observation for pupils.
 

Professional standards for further education teachers and work based learning practitioners in Wales

30/11/17
Our response to the engagement survey is now available.
 

Applications for the grant of Degree Awarding Powers: guidance and criteria for applicants in Wales

07/02/17
Procedures for making applications for the grant of degree-awarding powers (foundation, taught and research) to institutions in Wales.
 

Post-16 funding for learners with learning difficulties at specialist colleges

26/01/17
Securing provision for learners with learning difficulties at specialist further education establishments.
 
Statutory guidance to the governing bodies of maintained schools in Wales regarding the duty to hold meetings with parents

Parents’ meetings: statutory guidance to the governing bodies of maintained schools in Wales regarding the duty to hold meetings with parents

21/09/16
The School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 provides for new arrangements whereby parents may petition up to 3 meetings a year with a school governing body.
 

Information governance guidance for schools

17/08/16
Advice and guidance for schools in relation to storage of information within the Hwb platform.
 

Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Act 2014

08/08/16
Review of the operation of the Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Act 2014.
 

Designation as an institution under the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015

29/02/16
Providers seeking to be designated as institutions for the purpose of the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015 must apply, in writing, to the Welsh Government using the attached application form and guidance to help them.
 

Respect and resilience - developing community cohesion 2015

12/01/16
Guidance and associated tool to support the development of community cohesion and prevent extremism in schools and other educational settings in Wales.
 

National model for regional working

19/11/15
A framework for school improvement which recognises the important role that schools, local authorities, regional consortia and the Welsh Government play in supporting education.
 

Learners who have been excluded from school

22/10/15
Guidance schools can offer learners following exclusion.
 

Faith in education

15/09/15
This document provides an overview of the organisation and role of schools with a designated religious character in the education system.
 

Recommended web filtering standards for schools in Wales

29/06/15
These standards will provide teachers with the opportunity to teach safe, responsible and considerate online behaviours.
 

Further education audit Code of Practice

10/03/15
Guidance on audit requirements for Governing bodies of Further Education Institutions, in line with our conditions of funding.
 

Financial Memorandum for FE institutions and HE institutions providing further education in Wales

10/03/15
Our conditions on the provision of grants or grant aid to further education institutions and higher education institutions providing further education in Wales.
 

Creative Learning through the Arts – an action plan for Wales

02/03/15
An action plan for Wales seeks to improve attainment through creativity, increase and improve arts experiences in schools, and support teachers and arts practitioners in developing their skills.
 

Sex and relationships education in schools - Screening assessment

03/02/15
This screening assessment for the Sex and relationships education in schools guidance was published in 2010.
 

Children’s rights to appeal and make a claim to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales - Statutory guidance for local authorities

22/12/14
The Education (Wales) Measure 2009 gives children and young persons the right to initiate legal proceedings in the Special Educational Need Tribunal for Wales (SENTW) themselves.
 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Guidance for schools and colleges in Wales

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Guidance for schools and colleges in Wales

26/11/14
This document provides guidance on the provision of STEM for 3 to 19-year-olds in schools and colleges in Wales.
 

Current practice on the use of surplus school accommodation

01/10/14
Information and examples on current practice for local authorities and other interested parties.
 

School Organisation Code

27/08/14
The School Organisation Code imposes requirements and provides guidelines in respect of school organisation proposals.
 
Asbestos management in schools

Asbestos management in schools

28/05/14
It is essential that school management teams are aware of their duty in respect to asbestos management.
 
Disposal of assets by foundation and voluntary schools

Disposal of assets by foundation and voluntary schools

05/03/14
How foundation and governing bodies of foundation and voluntary schools can dispose of land or premises that have been provided or enhanced at public expense.
 

Becoming a Qualified Teacher: Handbook of Guidance - Circular No: 017/2009

09/01/14
From September 2019 all students commencing ITE programmes will be subject to new professional standards. This revised version of the 'Becoming a Qualified Teacher – Handbook of Guidance' replaces circular No: 41/2006. This circular only applies to students starting their ITE programme prio ...
 
School organisation: consultation with children and young people

School organisation: consultation with children and young people

13/11/13
Guidance on consulting with learners whose school is affected by a school organisation proposal.
 

School Organisation Proposals – information for children and young people

04/10/13
This booklet provides information for children about the steps LAs have to take before making changes to their schools.
 

Performance management for headteachers, teachers and unattached teachers

17/06/13
The School Teacher Appraisal (Wales) Regulations 2011 came into force on 1 January 2012.
 

Guidance for schools and local authorities on implementing effective staff disciplinary and dismissal procedures - circular 002/2013

31/01/13
This guidance will help and support school governing bodies and local authorities to implement effective staff disciplinary and dismissal procedures.
 
Promoting linguistic progression between Key Stages 2 and 3

Promoting linguistic progression between Key Stages 2 and 3

23/04/12
This document offers guidance to local authorities and Welsh-medium and bilingual schools about improving rates of linguistic progression between Key Stage 2 and 3.
 

Collecting and recording data on pupils' first language (January 2012)

06/02/12
For the first time this January the Welsh Government will start to collect information on the first language of all compulsory school aged pupils in all maintained schools through the Pupil Level Annual Schools' Census (PLASC).
 
School toilets: Good practice guidance for schools in Wales

School toilets: Good practice guidance for schools in Wales

24/01/12
Welsh Government guidance for schools and local authorities on how to provide and maintain good quality, hygienic toilet facilities for learners.
 
Guidance for Governing Bodies on School Uniform and Appearance Policies

Guidance for Governing Bodies on School Uniform and Appearance Policies (revised July 2011)

03/08/11
This document provides guidance for governing bodies and headteachers on issues relating to implementing or changing a school uniform and appearance policy.
 

The year ahead: Letter on behalf of Chris Tweedale, Director of Schools and Young People Group (SYPG)

18/07/11
This letter recognises the work that you undertake in your school and provides you with an outline of some of the key issues that we will need to address in the coming academic year.
 

School Workforce Policy Development: Letter on behalf of Chris Tweedale, Director of Schools and Young People Group (SYPG)

27/06/11
This letter provides you with information on the newly developed system of Practice Review and Development for the whole school workforce.
 

Learning for children and young people in a youth custody setting in Wales - Statutory guidance

31/10/17
This document is the Welsh Assembly Government’s guidance on the application of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009, Section 48–52. This relates to the education and training of children and young people from Wales in youth custody.
 

Managed moves for children and young people

01/03/11
We recommend that managed moves are considered when there is a genuine belief that a fresh start would be beneficial for a pupil.
 

Teaching of politics in schools

14/01/17
The Education Act 1996 requires headteachers, governing bodies and local authorities to ensure pupils receive balanced views if being taught about democracy and politics.
 

School closures – opening schools in extreme bad weather

12/12/10
The following guidance document gives schools in Wales advice on whether to remain open or close in extreme bad weather. The guidance is an electronic joint publication from the Welsh Assembly Government and the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA). This guidance includes a generic risk assess ...
 
Thinking Positively: Emotional Health and Well-being in Schools and Early Years Settings

Thinking Positively: Emotional Health and Well-being in Schools and Early Years settings

07/09/10
This good practice document aims to support all schools and Early Years settings in promoting emotional health and well-being.
 

Gower College Swansea

01/09/10
Gower College Swansea became operational 20th August 2010. A Dissolution Order has dissolved Gorseinion College Further Education Corporation and Swansea College Further Education Corporation and transferred their property, rights, liabilities and staff to Gower College Swansea Further Education Co ...
 

Awarding the new A* grade at A level

17/02/10
Summer 2010 sees the first awards of the new A level specifications in nearly all subjects, together with the first awards of the new A* grade at A level. This new grade will reward exceptional performance and allow for improved discrimination between the best performing candidates. The A* grade wi ...
 

Information and communication technology (ICT) at Key Stage 4

07/12/09
This guidance is intended to help schools ensure all learners are given the opportunity to develop and apply their ICT skills. These skills should be recognised by a suitable external qualification during Key Stage 4.
 
Swine flu - Contingency planning

Swine flu - Contingency planning

25/09/09
Swine flu - Contingency planning for schools, other settings where children are educated, training providers, further and higher education institutions.
 

Reducing the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training in Wales

30/04/09
This document, with associated action plan, sets out the agenda for the future of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
 

Effective Practice in Learning and Teaching - a Focus on Pedagogy

28/04/09
This document is the first step towards building a shared vision for successful teaching and effective learning actross all phases and sectors of education in Wales.
 
Guidance on The Collaboration Arrangements (Maintained Schools and Further Education Bodies) (Wales) Regulations 2008

Guidance on The Collaboration Arrangements (Maintained Schools and Further Education Bodies) (Wales) Regulations 2008

23/03/09
The guidance sets out the content and requirements of the Collaboration Arrangements (Maintained Schools and Further Education Bodies) (Wales) Regulations which came into force on 31 December 2008.
 

Update on the Graduate Teacher Programme Guidance on the Employment Based Teacher Training Scheme 2006

26/02/09
This document provides information on the employment based route into teaching that leads to the gaining of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
 

Flying Start

04/11/08
Flying Start is to be a specific grant to local authorities initially until the financial year 2010-2011. It will aim to make a decisive difference to the life chances of children aged under 4 in the areas in which it runs. It is to be complementary to Cymorth early years funding and the Foundation ...
 

The Maintained Schools (Partnership Agreements) (Wales) Regulations 2007

02/09/08
This guidance is aimed at local education authorities (LEAs) and school governing bodies.
 

Helping Your Child

14/02/08
Children do not all learn maths at the same pace. The most important way to help is to keep up their confidence in using what they do know. Confidence depends on understanding what they are doing, and why. When your child says “I don’t know how to do it”, don’t just tell them the answer, say “Let’s ...
 
Procedures for Whistleblowing in Schools and Model Policy

Procedures for Whistleblowing in Schools and Model Policy

10/01/08
This document provides guidance for governing bodies on developing whistleblowing procedures for school staff and a model policy for governing bodies to adopt.
 

Staff Health & Wellbeing

01/01/08
This document provides information for teachers on health and well-being.
 

Defining schools according to Welsh medium provision

14/11/07
This information document sets out definitions and categories of schools in Wales according to the language which is used as the medium of instruction and the normal business of the school.
 

Educational records, school reports and the common transfer system

07/07/06
The keeping, disposal, disclosure and transfer of pupil information.
 

School Admission Appeals - The National Assembly for Wales Code of Practice

25/10/01
Section 84 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 requires the National Assembly to issue a Code of Practice containing appropriate guidance.
 

Code of Practice on LEA-School Relations

24/10/01
Only schools can deliver improved standards of teaching and learning, but the support they receive from the LEA is very significant in securing better outcomes.