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They are a direct means of providing guidance and support on a variety of strategy and policy.

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.
 

Accounts direction to further education institutions 2013 to 2014

20/08/14
This accounts direction advises institutions of our requirements of their audited financial statements.
 

The funding guide for learners

14/08/14
A guide that outlines the various sources of funding that are available to help support your learning.
 
Welsh-medium Education Strategy: Annual Report

Welsh-medium Education Strategy: Annual Report

17/07/14
The annual report details the progress the Strategy has made in meeting its targets.
 
School Effectiveness Grant 2013 to 2015

School Effectiveness Grant and Pupil Deprivation Grant

24/06/14
These grants provide financial support for our national priorities for schools between 2013 and 2015.
 
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.
 
Apprenticeship Learning Agreement

Apprenticeship Learning Agreement

07/04/14
The Apprenticeship Learning Agreement sets out the terms and conditions that relate to an Apprenticeship programme through Work-Based Learning.
 
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.
 
National model for regional working

National model for regional working

17/02/14
A framework for school improvement which recognises the important role that schools, local authorities, regional consortia and the Welsh Government play in supporting education.
 

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

09/01/14
This revised version of the 'Becoming a Qualified Teacher – Handbook of Guidance' replaces circular No: 41/2006.
 
Capability of school teaching staff - Guidance for schools

Capability of school teaching staff - Guidance for schools

21/11/13
This guidance will assist schools, governing bodies, local authorities, diocesan authorities, head teachers, teachers and trade unions in the use of capability procedures with teaching staff.
 

Guidance for Governing Bodies on Charging for School Activities (revised November 2013)

18/11/13
The purpose of this non-statutory guidance is to help head teachers and governing bodies to set out their policies on charging and remission for school activities and school visits.
 
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.
 

Annual Report to Schools: Academic Year 2012 to 2013

07/10/13
The annual report to schools includes web links to all documents produced for schools and their governing bodies over the past academic year (2012 to 2013).
 

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.
 

Accounts direction to further education institutions 2012/13

24/09/13
This Account Direction advises institutions of the Welsh Government's requirements of their audited financial statements.
 

Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis: letter to schools

16/09/13
Huw Lewis, the Education Minister has written to schools across Wales outlining priorities for the new Autumn term ahead.
 

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.
 
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

03/05/13
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.
 
School Term and Holiday Dates 2013-14

School term and holiday dates 2013 to 2014

04/03/13
This document contains the 2013 to 2014 school term and holiday dates for each authority area in Wales.
 

School Governance Task and Finish Group

01/02/13
On 8 November 2012 the Minister for Education and Skills issued a Written Statement to the National Assembly for Wales regarding a new Task and Finish Group that he set up to look at school governance issues.
 

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.
 

Review of Future Delivery of Education Services in Wales

23/01/13
In November the Minister for Education & Skills announced that he would be commissioning a review into the Future Delivery of Education Services in Wales.
 
Thinking of going to university? A quick guide.

Thinking of going to university in 2012/13? A quick guide

14/12/12
From September 2012, universities and others providing higher education will be able to charge up to £9,000 a year for their full-time courses.
 

Structure of School Governance Task and Finish Group

26/11/12
On 8 November 2012 the Minister for Education and Skills issued a Written Statement to the National Assembly for Wales regarding a new Task and Finish Group that he is setting up to look at school governance issues.
 
Accounts direction to further education institutions 2011/12

Accounts direction to further education institutions 2011/12

03/10/12
This Accounts Direction advises institutions of the Welsh Government's requirements of their audited financial statements.
 

Exclusion from Schools and Pupil Referral Units

28/09/12
This guidance provides guidance on exclusions and appeal procedures from both mainstream schools and Pupil Referral Units and steps to take to maintain the education of excluded pupils.
 

Annual Report to Schools: Academic Year 2011 to 2012

25/09/12
The annual report to schools includes web links to all documents produced for schools and their governing bodies over the past academic year (2011 to 2012).
 

An update: Letter on behalf of Chris Tweedale, Director of Schools and Young People Group (SYPG)

03/09/12
This letter refers to key issues from last year and provides you with an outline of actions that we will need to address in the coming academic year.
 

Welsh second language Action Plan

17/07/12
The Welsh second language Action Plan includes short and longer term actions aimed at starting to improve standards and attainment in Welsh second language.
 
A guide to using PISA as a learning context

A guide to using PISA as a learning context

29/06/12
This document provides a guide to using PISA and PISA-style questions as activities to help support and improve learning and teaching.
 

Department for Education and Skills Business Plan 2012 - 2016

18/06/12
The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) is led by the Minister for Education and Skills and the Deputy Minister for Skills.
 

School In-service Training (INSET) days

07/06/12
The Minister for Education and Skills has sent out a written statement informing all stakeholders of the arrangements for the two additional INSET days in Wales.
 

Welsh Financial Education Unit (WFEU)

30/05/12
The Welsh Financial Education Unit (WFEU) provides support to practitioners who are delivering financial education to 7 to 19 year olds.
 
School Effectiveness Grant 2012-13

School Effectiveness Grant 2012-13

08/05/12
This is a guidance document for schools and local authorities in Wales on the School Effectiveness Grant.
 
Welsh-medium Education Strategy

Welsh-medium Education Strategy

23/04/12
This Strategy is a historic milestone in Welsh-medium education and sets the Welsh Government's national strategic direction.
 
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.
 

The role of classroom observation in raising standards

10/04/12
Chris Tweedale, Director of Schools and Young People Group has written to Directors of Education to clarify arrangements concerning classroom observation.
 

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.
 
Support for individuals and employers facing redundancy situations

Support for individuals and employers facing redundancy situations

24/01/12
A guide for practitioners from Careers Wales, Welsh Assembly Government, Jobcentre Plus, Wales TUC, HMRC and ACAS.
 

School Effectiveness Grant 2011-12

14/12/11
This is a guidance document for schools and local authorities in Wales on the School Effectiveness Grant.
 

Promoting Disability Equality in Schools

22/11/11
Guidance for headteachers and teachers in Wales
 
Financial education for 7 to 19-year-olds in Wales

Financial education for 7 to 19-year olds in Wales

28/10/11
This document provides guidance on the provision of financial education for 7 to 19-year olds in Wales in schools and colleges.
 
International Education Programme (IEP): Specification

International Education Programme (IEP): Specification

25/10/11
This is a guidance document that sets out details for the Welsh Government’s Department for Education and Skills’ (DfES) International Education Programme (IEP).
 
Supporting triple literacy: Language learning in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3

Supporting triple literacy: Language learning in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3

17/10/11
This guidance is designed to support the development of literacy and language skills by making links across English, Welsh, Welsh second language and modern foreign languages.
 

Financial Contingency Fund 2011/12 Further Education Institutions and Welsh for Adults Centres guidance

23/09/11
This 'Financial Contingency Fund 2011/12' sets out the terms and conditions for the payment by Welsh Ministers to institutions. The grant is specifically earmarked for the purposes of providing assistance for students in particular need.
 
Qualifications can cross boundaries - a rough guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland, July 2011

Qualifications can cross boundaries - a rough guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland, July 2011

20/09/11
Qualifications are different in different countries. However there are some clear stages people move through in education, training and work that are common to most countries. This makes it possible to draw broad comparisons, rather than direct equivalences, between qualifications and their levels ...
 

Annual Report to Schools – Academic Year 2010-2011

19/09/11
The annual report to schools includes web links to all documents produced for schools and their governing bodies over the past academic year (2010-11). The report will act as a quick reference point for all guidance documents.
 

Accounts direction to further education institutions 2010/11

17/08/11
This Accounts Direction advises institutions of the Welsh Governments requirements of their audited financial statements in accordance with paragraph 54 of the Financial Memorandum.
 

Professional Standards for Teachers, Tutors and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector in Wales and related application guides

09/08/11
These Standards were published by LLUK (former sector skills council) in 2007 on behalf of the Welsh Government. They were specified by the Welsh Ministers as the standards for the purpose of the Further Education Teachers’ Qualifications (Wales) Regulations 2002 in June 2008.
 

Welsh in Education Strategic Plans

05/08/11
The purpose of these guidelines is to explain how local authorities will prepare and submit Welsh in Education Strategic Plans (WESPs).
 
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-based Counselling Facts and Figures June 2011

12/07/11
Our goal is to have counselling provision available to all school pupils. We aim to give them confidence that their needs will be heard and addressed.
 

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.
 
Responsibility and Responsiveness – Stakeholder Review of FE Governance Arrangements

Responsibility and Responsiveness – Stakeholder Review of FE Governance Arrangements

26/05/11
This paper sets out the findings that have been identified in the stakeholder review that has been undertaken into the governance of further education (FE) in Wales.
 

Creating safe learning communities: guidance for further education institutions in Wales

06/05/11
This is a guidance and good practice document to aid the development of community cohesion. It seeks to prevent violent extremism in further education institutions and vocational training providers in Wales.
 

Higher Education – Tuition Fee Plans

18/04/11
In March 2011, we issued guidance to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) on the approval and enforcement of higher education institutions' tuition fee plans. The guidance clarifies our expectations of HEFCW in fulfilling this role.
 

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

31/03/11
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.
 

Letter to Chairs of all school governing bodies on the effective use of performance data in schools

30/03/11
The Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning has sent a letter about the essential role of governing bodies in raising performance in schools.
 

All Wales Attendance Framework

08/03/11
The All Wales Attendance Framework is a practical resource toolkit for use by the Education Welfare Service and provides standards and guidance for practitioners to ensure greater consistency of practice throughout Wales.
 

Effective managed moves: A fresh start at school for children and young people

01/03/11
The Welsh Government recommends the consideration of managed moves to provide pupils with the opportunity to make a fresh start in a new school.
 

Learning and Skills (Wales) Measure 2009: Learner Support Services and Learning Pathway Document Guidance

22/02/11
'Learner Support Services and Learning Pathway Document Guidance' provides guidance for secondary schools and further education institutions on providing, securing or participating in the provision of learner support services. It also provides guidance on providing pupils and students with ...
 

Respect and resilience: Developing community cohesion – a common understanding for schools and their communities

04/02/11
'Respect and resilience: Developing community cohesion – a common understanding for schools and their communities' sets out the role that schools have in developing and supporting strategic approaches to promoting and maintaining community cohesion and preventing violent extremism. The guid ...
 

Teaching of politics in schools

14/01/11
The Education Act 1996 requires headteachers, governing bodies and local authorities to ensure pupils receive balanced views if being taught about democracy and politics.
 

Youth Engagement and Employment Action Plan 2011-15

12/01/11
The Welsh Assembly Government published its Action Plan for ‘Reducing the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training in Wales’ in April 2009.
 

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 ...
 

Financial Contingency Fund 2010/11: Further education institutions and Welsh for Adults Centres guidance

17/11/10
This 'Financial Contingency Fund 2010/11' sets out the terms and conditions for the payment by Welsh Ministers to institutions. The grant is specifically earmarked for the purposes of providing assistance for students in particular need.
 

Guidance on Welsh for Adults Data 2010/11

11/11/10
This document sets out guidance for Welsh for Adults learning providers and regional centres on data submission. Its aim is to ensure a consistent 2010/11 dataset allowing for measures of learner outcomes to be derived and further developed, to enable analysis including benchmarking.
 

Foundation Degree Awarding Powers for Further Education Institutions in Wales

10/11/10
The Joint Wales and England Criteria and Guidance and Companion Guide are for use by further education institutions wishing to apply for foundation degree awarding powers.
 

Multiple-choice testing as an assessment tool

06/10/10
This page provides guidance to Awarding Organisations, involved in the design, development and assessment of multiple-choice testing, in order to improve reliability and validity of this process as an assessment tool.
 

Multiple-choice testing as an assessment tool

06/10/10
This page provides guidance to Awarding Organisations, involved in the design, development and assessment of multiple-choice testing, in order to improve reliability and validity of this process as an assessment tool.
 

Annual Report to Schools – Academic Year 2009-2010

16/09/10
The aim of the report is to list all documents sent by the Welsh Minister to headteachers in Wales for the previous academic year (2009-10). The aim is to draw all guidance into one report that will act as a quick reference point for you, your colleagues and governing bodies.
 
Guidance on establishing school/further education institution (FEI) consortia arrangements

Guidance on establishing school/further education institution (FEI) consortia arrangements: Circular No: 022/2010

07/09/10
This document is intended to support the development of effective School/Further Education Institution (FEI) Consortia Arrangements.
 
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.
 

GCSE mathematics linked pair pilot

03/09/10
New GCSEs in Mathematics have been accredited for first teaching from September 2010. These are available in both linear and unitised form and further information about these can be found on individual awarding body websites.
 

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 ...
 
Making languages count

Making languages count

16/07/10
This document sets out action to be taken to improve the learning and teaching of modern foreign languages in secondary schools and Learning Pathways 14-19 in Wales.
 

The exams officer's guide: Managing results and post-results services for the June 2010 exam series

14/07/10
This is a practical guide for school and college exams officers on how to prepare for exams results days and how to inform staff and students about post-results services.
 
Access to Education and Support for Children and Young People with Medical Needs

Access to Education and Support for Children and Young People with Medical Needs

03/06/10
This guidance aims to provide advice to schools and Local Authorities on meeting the educational needs of children and young people with medical needs.
 

Open letter regarding the term changes to ‘Local Education Authority’ and ‘Children’s Services Authority’

27/05/10
Orders to remove the terms ‘Local Education Authority’ and ‘Children’s Services Authority’ from primary and secondary legislation and replace them with ‘Local Authority’.
 

Information for exams office staff about changes to GCSE and managing controlled assessments

12/05/10
Controlled assessment is part of new qualifications introduced from September 2009. It requires centre and consortium staff to work together in new ways. A set of resources to assist exams office staff in preparing for this exciting but challenging change has been created.
 

Delivering Skills that Work for Wales: A Labour Market Framework

21/04/10
The Welsh Assembly Government and the Department for Work and Pensions share a joint ambition to improve employment opportunities in Wales and to better integrate employment, skills and other programmes. This Framework sets out the core principles of how this will take be taken forward.
 

Statutory guidance to help prevent children and young people from missing education

20/04/10
From September 2009 local authorities in Wales have been under a new duty to make arrangements to enable them to establish the identities of children in their area who are not registered at a school and are not receiving a suitable education.
 

GCSE, GCE, Principal Learning and Project code of practice

14/04/10
This code is for the awarding organisations that deliver general qualifications in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The qualifications regulators use this code as the basis for their monitoring activity. They review it regularly to make sure it remains fit for purpose.
 

Welsh Reading and Writing Proficiency Survey

12/04/10
The Basic Skills Agency commissioned Beaufort Research to conduct a survey of Welsh speaking adults across Wales to assess their reading and writing proficiency. Prior to this survey in 2004, no such surveys had been conducted on the Welsh language.
 

The Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS): School or Further Education College exchanges

25/03/10
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (SVG) Act 2006 laid the foundation for a new Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) which would strengthen arrangements for those wishing to work with children or vulnerable adults.
 
Good practice guide for sector and standard setting bodies: To assist in determining the demand for Welsh language skills

Good practice guide for sector and standard setting bodies to assist in determining the demand for Welsh language skills

22/03/10
This is a good practice guide for sector and standard setting bodies to assist in determining the demand for Welsh language skills, Welsh translations of national occupational standards and vocational qualifications through the medium of Welsh.
 

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 ...
 

GCSE sciences criteria

12/02/10
DCELLS, together with its regulatory partners in England (Ofqual) and Northern Ireland (CCEA), has published new subject criteria for GCSE science subjects: science, additional science, additional applied science, biology, chemistry and physics, which are available to download on this page.
 

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.
 

For Our Future - The 21st Century Higher Education Strategy and Plan for Wales

25/11/09
‘For Our Future - The 21st Century Higher Education Strategy and Plan for Wales’ is the higher education strategy and plan for Wales.
 

Developing our Evidence Base

24/11/09
This document outlines our current and future analytical priorities.
 
School-based Counselling Services in Wales

School-based Counselling Services in Wales a National Strategy

19/10/09
The Welsh Assembly Government’s goal is to have counselling provision available to all school pupils giving them confidence that their needs will be heard and addressed.
 

Approval of Qualifications

01/10/09
The Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills approves the publication of information about Approved Qualifications for learners in Wales. In this section of the website, you will find information about these qualifications and relevant legislation.
 

Termly Notification to Schools: Autumn Term 2009

25/09/09
The termly notification newsletter is designed to keep schools and their governing bodies fully informed of forthcoming consultations and documents sent to schools. This will help schools to forward plan and manage their workload.
 
Best Practice Guide

School Councils in Wales: Best Practice Guide

25/09/09
This Best Practice Guide contains some good examples of including children and young people in decision-making.
 
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.
 

Annual Report to Schools – Academic Year 2008-09

23/09/09
The aim of the report is to list all documents sent by the Welsh Minister to headteachers in Wales for the previous academic year (2008-09). The aim is to draw all guidance into one report that will act as a quick reference point for you, your colleagues and governing bodies.
 
Transformation – Y Siwrnai: Transforming Education and Training Provision in Wales

Transformation – Y Siwrnai

09/09/09
Y Siwrnai reports back on the progress made on post-16 transformational change one year on. It showcases some of the work going on across the country; and it looks forward to the next, more ambitious phase of the programme. Where it will form part of an all-age system wide approach to transforming ...
 

Measles, mumps, rubella ( MMR) Vaccination - Letter to Parents

07/09/09
Ministers and the Chief Medical Officer wrote to all headteachers on 28 August 2009 asking them to include a message for parents in their first newsletter. You can download this letter from this page.
 

Accounts direction to further education institutions 2009/10

10/08/09
This Accounts Direction advises institutions of the Welsh Assembly Governments requirements of their audited financial statements in accordance with paragraph 54 of the Financial Memorandum.
 

Financial position of the further education sector 2007/08

07/07/09
Analysis of the financial position of the further education sector 2007/08.
 

World Class Wales – Transforming Learning for Success in a Globalised World

18/06/09
The Action Plan does not aim to present a comprehensive listing of all European and International activity being undertaken in Wales. Instead it sets out our core purpose, the overall strategic direction and outlines key priority actions for 2009.
 

Termly Notification to Schools: Summer Term 2009

12/05/09
The termly notification newsletter is designed to keep schools and their governing bodies fully informed of forthcoming consultations and documents sent to schools. This will help schools to forward plan and manage their workload.
 

National Curriculum Assessment and Public Examination Results in Wales 2008

08/05/09
This document provides the audience with the 2008 National Curriculum results for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, and results of GCSE and A/AS Level for Local Education Authorities and for Wales.
 

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.
 

National Learning and Skills Assessment 2009-10

07/04/09
The National Learning and Skills Assessment (NLSA) identifies ‘priorities for change’ that learning providers across Wales need to respond to. This letter updates the NLSA published in October 2007.
 

Behaving and Attending: Action Plan Responding to the National Behaviour and Attendance Review - Summary Document

26/03/09
The Action Plan sets out the Welsh Assembly Government’s response to the National Behaviour and Attendance Review (NBAR). It is in two parts: a published summary document (available below) and detailed plan responding to each recommendation.
 
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.
 
Quality and Effectiveness Framework for post-16 learning - delivering skills that work for Wales

Quality and Effectiveness Framework for post-16 learning in Wales: delivering Skills that Work for Wales

05/03/09
This document sets out our plans for developing the new quality and effectiveness Framework and our planned timetable for its implementation.
 

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).
 

What works for pupils in Wales with Literacy difficulties?

01/02/09
Most children in Wales learn to read and write satisfactorily first time through home support and/or high-quality classroom teaching, but what of those who don’t? How are they to be helped?
 

Better Schools Fund 2009-10

29/01/09
This circular provides guidance to Local Authorities (LAs) on the Better Schools Fund programme for 2009-10. It describes the activity and priority areas which are eligible for grant support within the programme, the management arrangements for the programme and the information which Local Authorit ...
 

Termly Notification: Spring Term 2009

23/01/09
The termly notification newsletter is designed to keep schools and their governing bodies fully informed of forthcoming consultations and documents sent to schools. This will help schools to forward plan and manage their workload.
 

Careers Wales: A Review in an International Perspective

02/12/08
This report was commissioned from Professor Tony Watts by the Welsh Assembly Government as part of a wider review it is conducting of careers services in Wales.
 

Reaching Higher

06/11/08
The ten year strategy for Higher Education in Wales.
 

Play Policy

04/11/08
It is the very freedom and child centeredness of play that makes it such an effective and comprehensive learning process.
 

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 Childcare Strategy for Wales - Childcare is for Children

03/11/08
The Assembly Government`s Childcare Action Plan published in 2002 set out the perspective that children should be at the heart of childcare policy in Wales.
 

Report on investigation into the burden for centres caused by awarding body monitoring

31/10/08
This document sets out the findings of the Investigation into the Burden for Centres caused by Awarding Body Monitoring, which was commissioned by the qualifications regulators. This work was carried out by the consultancy company PKF.
 

The Behaving and Attending Action Plan

08/10/08
The Behaving and Attending Action Plan is our response to recommendations coming from the National Behaviour and Attendance Review Report. The report was published in May 2008 and contained 19 core recommendations with 72 supporting recommendations.
 

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

02/09/08
This guidance is aimed at local education authorities (LEAs) and school governing bodies.
 
Transformin Education and Training Provision in Wales

Transforming Education and Training Provision in Wales

01/09/08
The transformation policy challenges and requires all those involved in post-compulsory education and training in Wales. To set aside traditional, narrow institutional arrangements and better cater for the needs of learners and demands of employers. To this end, improving efficiency and effectivene ...
 
Out of classroom learning

Out of classroom learning

14/08/08
Making the most of first hand experiences of the natural environment
 
A Female Student

Accounts direction to further education institutions 2007/08

23/07/08
This Accounts Direction advises institutions of the Welsh Assembly Governments requirements of their audited financial statements in accordance with paragraph 54 of the Financial Memorandum.
 

Recommendation 2 of the ELLS Committee Policy Review of SEN Part 2 : Statutory Assessment Framework (Statementing)

22/07/08
The National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Education and Training) Order 2008 was approved by Privy Council on 9 April 2008. The Assembly is now able to make changes, by way of an Assembly Measure, to the statutory assessment process in Wales.
 
The Learning Country

The Learning Country: Vision into Action

16/07/08
This document represents the second stage in The Learning Country programme that began in 2001 and highlights the increased education and training opportunities available in Wales from early years through to old age. It describes in concrete terms the key objectives and action the Assembly Governme ...
 
Skills that work for Wales

Skills That Work For Wales

11/07/08
This strategy describes the ‘One Wales’ ambition for a highly-educated, highly-skilled and high-employment Wales.
 
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003/2008 - Moving Forward - Gypsy Traveller Education (March 2008)

08/07/08
003/2008 - Moving Forward - Gypsy Traveller Education (March 2008)
 

E-Assessment: Guide to effective practice

16/06/08
This guide has been developed by the qualifications regulators for Wales, England and Northern Ireland as part of their commitment to support effective practice and quality improvement in the assessment of qualifications. It is intended to promote the use of e-assessment in an advisory rather than ...
 

Financial position of the further education sector 2006/07

30/05/08
This document informs institutions of financial health performance indicators for the further education sector in Wales shown by the finance records and the audited financial statements for 2006/07.
 
School Effectiveness Framework

School Effectiveness Framework

21/02/08
The School Effectiveness Framework has been developed by the Welsh Assembly Government in collaboration with key stakeholders.
 

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 ...
 

Organisations entitled to nominate persons for appointment to the General Teaching Council for Wales by welsh ministers

10/01/08
 
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.
 

National Learning and Skills Assessment Update - Statements of priorities for change - 2007-2010

07/11/07
As part of the DCELLS (Department of Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills) National Planning and Funding System currently being implemented, the Welsh Assembly Government has produced a National Learning and Skills Assessment that highlights priorities for funding and policy developmen ...
 

Shared Planning for Better Outcomes Children Act 2004: Planning Guidance

12/10/07
This statutory guidance requires Local Authorities, working with their local partners, to publish Children and Young People’s Plans, as set out in section 26 of the Children Act 2004.
 

Welsh Assembly Government Written Representation to STRB, 6 September

16/09/07
The Welsh Assembly Government’s vision for the future of learners was set out most recently in The Learning Country: Vision into Action which described key elements of the strategy we will be taking forward over the next few years.
 

School Teachers' Review Body: Evidence from the Welsh Assembly Government – July 2007

22/07/07
The Welsh Assembly Government’s written evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) on matters affecting teachers’ pay and conditions relates to issues on which the STRB has invited the Welsh Assembly Government to comment.
 

WAGC 22/07 - Financial Contingency Funding 2007/08

19/07/07
This document sets out the terms and conditions for the payment by the Welsh Ministers to institutions of grant specifically earmarked for the purposes of providing assistance for students in particular need.
 

Student Finance Wales Winter Newsletter 2006

23/04/07
Student Finance Wales News. Winter Edition: The quarterly newsletter for stakeholders and those parties interested in student support in Wales. 
 
National Youth Service Strategy for Wales

National Youth Service Strategy for Wales

15/03/07
Our commitment to supporting the Youth Service in creating opportunities is set out in this strategy.
 

The National Standards for Children and Young Peoples Participation

09/03/07
These are quality standards that can be used to determine bench marks and provide a means for inspecting and assessing participatory practice.
 

Parenting Action Plan: Supporting mothers, fathers and carers with raising children in Wales

13/02/07
 

Raising Standards and Tackling Workload: A National Agreement

06/12/06
This document:– sets out the main features of the National Agreement: Raising Standards and Tackling Workload explains their relevance to the role of governors' provides case studies and other resources Download: Raising Standards and Tackling Workload: A National Agreement [.pdf 169KB]  
 

Guidance for Governing Bodies on the Establishment and Operation of School Councils: Circular No: 42/2006

31/10/06
This document explains for governing bodies, headteachers and other school staff the regulatory requirements for school councils; provides guidance on the establishment and operation of school councils; and the expectations for schools where there is no statutory requirement for a school council.
 

The Education (School Inspection) (Wales) Regulations 2006 Summary of Consultation Responses

26/09/06
The Education Act 2005 repeals the School Inspections Act 1996 and provides a new statutory framework for the inspection of schools and denominational education in Wales. The Education (School Inspection) (Wales) Regulations 2006 require the National Assembly to prescribe the persons to be consulte ...
 

School Teachers' Review Body: Written Evidence from the Welsh Assembly Government – July 2006

31/08/06
The Welsh Assembly Government's written evidence to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) on matters affecting teachers' pay and conditions (July 2006) relates to issues on which the STRB has invited the Welsh Assembly Government to comment. Teachers' pay and conditions of service, as set out in ...
 

Teaching Drama: Guidance on Safeguarding Children and Child Protection for Managers and Drama Practitioners

10/07/06
The Children's Commissioner for Wales published the Clwych report on 1 July 2004. The report is available from: View: http://www.childcomwales.org.uk The report examined allegations of sexual abuse of pupils by a drama teacher in a secondary school in Wales and number of years ago. Drama lesson ...
 

Educational records, school reports and the common transfer system

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

Words Talk - Numbers Count: Circular 15/05

26/05/06
This document sets out the Welsh Assembly Government’s revised strategy for raising standards of literacy and numeracy in Wales.
 

Knowledge Economy Nexus Newsletter

17/03/06
The first edition of the Knowledge Economy Nexus Newsletter (PDF = 471KB) which has been created in response to the Nexus Report into Higher Education, which recognises the benefits of closer cooperation between academic institutions and businesses in Wales. The newsletter aims to keep you up to da ...
 

Quality Standards in Educational Services for Children and Young People with Sensory Impairment

09/03/06
Audience: Directors of Education, Local Education Authority (LEA) support services, schools, governing bodies, voluntaryagencies and parents/carers. Overview: This circular sets out guidance on the provision of educational services for children and young people with sensory impairment. Acti ...
 

The Variable Tuition Fee Régime in Wales: Consultation on Fee Plan Guidance

21/02/06
13 February 2006 Dear Colleague The Higher Education Bill received Royal Assent in July 2004, transferring responsibility for higher and further education support and the tuition fee regime in Wales to the National Assembly for Wales. The Assembly will take responsibility for student support and ...
 

Play Policy Implementation Plan

14/02/06
This action plan now sets out to explain how the principles in the 2002 Play Policy will be implemented.
 

Denominational Schools S.23 Inspection Grant

20/01/06
These documents contain details on how to apply for our Section 23 Denominational Inspection Grant.
 

Skills Concordat

20/01/06
Purpose This concordat will act as a focus for partnership working in Wales to address the key issues of skills development and productivity and help us meet our common objectives for learning and sustainable economic development. It will help to guide our activities over the next few years and en ...
 

Reporting Cases of Misconduct or Professional Incompetence in the Education Service

14/12/05
 

Review of Initial Teacher Training Provision in Wales - Setting the Framework for Teacher Supply

08/12/05
 

Reducing the Bureaucratic Burden on Schools in Wales: Cabinet Written Statement: July 2002

08/12/05
 

Pay and Conditions Of Employment Of School Teachers - October 2002

08/12/05
 

New Deal: Background

08/12/05
 

Notification of Documents to be issued to Schools in Wales in Spring Term 2006

08/12/05
 

National Council for Education and Training for Wales Remit Letter 2004-05

08/12/05
 

National Council for Education and Training for Wales Remit 2005-06

08/12/05
 

ILA Wales - Report of Strategic Review Group

08/12/05
 

School Governance and Improvement in Wales: Executive Summary

07/12/05
The purposes of the research were: to portray the different practices and structures of school governance across Wales, describe the social and demographic profiles of school governors; and understand their beliefs about volunteering, participation and the significance of governance; to investigate ...
 

Global Citizenship Secondary School Map - Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship

07/12/05
This guidance aims to help secondary schools to plan and develop a programme of Education for Global Citizenship, encompassing learning activities across the school curriculum.
 

The Childcare Strategy for Wales - Childcare is for Children

24/11/05
This document sets out in more detail how we will tackle the challenges in the coming years so that our children have the flying start in life they deserve.
 

Narrowing the Gap in the Performance of Schools Project: Phase II Primary Schools

16/11/05
 

Schools’ Census 2005: Provisional Results

31/08/05
Provisional figures from the Annual Schools’ Census show that at January 2005, as compared to January 2004: 18 fewer schools; 5,000 fewer pupils; 271 fewer teachers; 1,200 additional support staff; pupil–teacher ratio the same at 18.0; overall average class size in primary schools down to 24. ...
 

Mandatory National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in Wales

28/07/05
 

School Teachers` Review Body: Written Evidence from the Welsh Assembly Government - May 2005

23/06/05
 

The National Basic Skills Strategy for Wales

20/06/05
Our Strategy sets out the additional measures we will introduce over the next three years in support of the further actions to tackle the basic skills deficit in Wales.
 

Individual Learning Accounts Wales: Report of Strategic Review Group

01/04/05
This report summarises the group’s discussions and analysis and is intended to inform policy decisions about the future of ILA Wales by the Welsh Assembly Government and its strategic partners. Download:  Individual Learning Accounts Wales: Report of Strategic Review Group  [.pdf 236KB]
 

GCSE Applied Science (Double Award) – Key Stage 4

11/02/05
This letter is to bring to your attention the procedures that are necessary for schools that wish to offer GCSE Applied Science (Double Award) for learners in Key Stage 4.
 

School Teachers' Review Body: Written Evidence From the Welsh Assembly Government - December 2004

31/01/05
 

ITT Incentives: PGCE Students Guidance 2004/05

21/01/05
 

Workplace Learning Review

24/10/04
Department for Education and Lifelong Learning and Skills, has undertaken a major review of vocational learning opportunities in and for the workplace. Following widespread consultation, the department has issued a final report.
 

Moving On...Effective Transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3

01/01/04
This document focuses on: what schools and LEAs are doing to help pupils do better as they move from primary to secondary school; and how primary and secondary schools and LEAs are working together to improve continuity in teaching and learning between key stage 2 and key stage 3. It gives particu ...
 

Wales - A Better Country

18/09/03
 

Nutrition

17/03/03
This document provides advice for school governors, head teachers and contract caterers on the statutory nutritional standards required for school lunches. These are laid down in the Education (Nutritional Standards for School Lunches)(Wales) Regulations 2001.
 

A Code of Practice for Out of School Hours Learning

07/03/03
The Code of Practice draws upon a number of projects across Wales and is intended to promote good developmental practice. It includes examples drawn from 15 demonstration projects piloted in 2002.
 

Cymorth - the Children and Youth Support Fund

01/01/03
Cymroth aims to provide a network of targeted support for children and young people within a framework of universal provision. In order to improve the life chances of children and young people from disadvantaged families.
 

Grants for Education Support and Training (GEST) Programme 2003-04: Circular 26/02

31/10/02
This Circular informs County and County Borough Councils of the Grants for Education Support and Training (GEST) programme for 2003-04 and invites grant applications.
 

Languages Count: The Welsh Assembly Government’s National Modern Foreign Languages Strategy

01/04/02
In January 2001 the Assembly Government issued a consultation paper on the development of a National Languages Strategy.
 

Skills and Employment Action Plan for Wales 2002

26/02/02
The main theme of this action plan is the need to increase the demand for skilled employment in Wales and to improve the supply of skilled people so that this demand can be met.
 

Networks of Excellence - NC/C/02/01LL

14/02/02
This circular provides information regarding the Networks of Excellence programme.
 

Grants for Education Support and Training (GEST) Programme 2002-03: Circular 24/01

21/11/01
This Circular informs County and County Borough Councils of the National Assembly for Wales' Grants for Education Support and Training (GEST) programme for 2002-03 and invites grant applications.
 

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.
 

NC/C/01/05LL - Accounts Direction to FE Institutions for 2001-02

06/08/01
The purpose of the Circular is to keep institutions up to date on the Council’s requirements for the format of their audited financial statements.
 

Welsh Office Circular 22/98 - Reducing The Bureaucratic Burden On Teachers

11/10/98
A key objective for the Government is to help teachers teach effectively and to ensure best use is made of their time. A clear distinction needs to be drawn: paperwork and administration is justified when it helps teachers teach more effectively and supports children's learning; it is not justifiab ...