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WELSH GOVERNMENT PLANS FOR NEW CURRICULUM


The Welsh Government has chosen more than 120 schools across the country to take part in an overhaul of the school curriculum.


This includes ten Newport schools which will be part of the ‘Pioneer Schools Network’. Schools included in the network will design and develop a new curriculum for Wales; support schools in preparing for its implementation; and provide practitioners with professional learning opportunities throughout their careers.


As part of their work, Pioneer Schools will also consider workload issues in our schools. Over time the Pioneer Schools will come together to support all schools in Wales


to implement the vision set out in the Donaldson report, entitled ‘Successful Futures’.


Newport schools involved in the Pioneer Schools Network include; Eveswell, Glan Usk, Malpas Court, Malpas Park, St Mary’s RC, St Julians, Millbrook, and Langstone Primary schools as well as St Joseph’s RC High School and Duffryn High School.


The new curriculum for Wales will be developed over the next 3 years. Schools will have some flexibility in determining how and when they first begin teaching of the new curriculum.


The Welsh Government’s ambition is that by 2021 schools will be using the new curriculum to underpin teaching and learning for children and young people aged 3–16.


Four purposes will underpin all decisions during the development of the curriculum. Their aims are to support our children and young people to be:


• ambitious, capable learners ready to learn throughout their lives


• enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work


• ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world


• healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.


The curriculum will be organised into six areas of learning and experience. These are:


• Expressive arts • Health and well-being


• Humanities (including RE which should remain compulsory to age 16)


• Languages, literacy and communication (including Welsh, which should remain compulsory to age 16, and modern foreign languages)


• Mathematics and numeracy


• Science and technology (including computer science).


Below are the high level key milestones...


2015 – 2016: Pioneer Network established


2015 – 2018: Design and development phase of the new curriculum


September 2016: Digital Competence Framework available


2017 – 2021: Practical support to schools to prepare for the new curriculum


September 2018: New curriculum and assessment arrangements available


September 2021: New curriculum and assessment arrangements in place


For info email: Curriculumforwales@ wales.gsi.gov.uk


THE WELSH LANGUAGE STANDARDS – BETTER SERVICES FOR WELSH SPEAKERS IN NEWPORT Good morning


Bore da


Newport City Council staff are busy preparing for the first milestone of the rollout of the Welsh Language Standards. The standards give Welsh speakers the right to use Welsh with us, and the council is changing the way it works to make this easy and reliable for Welsh speakers.


By the end of March 2016 we will all be greeting the public with a confident ‘bore da’ or ‘prynhawn da,’ (as well as good morning and good afternoon)


when you telephone or visit us. We will do our best to deal with your enquiry in Welsh, but should a Welsh speaker not be available we will call you back in Welsh or arrange a visit.


You can talk to us in Welsh at the city contact centre on 01633 656656 and at the Information Station on Queensway (the former railway ticket office). Please let us know if you have any problems getting services in Welsh and we’ll do our best to improve.


Y SAFONAU IAITH GYMRAEG - GWELL GWASANAETHAU I SIARADWYR CYMRAEG YNG NGHASNEWYDD Good afternoon


Prynhawn da


Mae staff y Cyngor Dinas Casnewydd yn brysur yn paratoi ar gyfer carreg filltir gyntaf yn y broses o gyflwyno’r Safonau Iaith Gymraeg. Mae’r safonau yn rhoi’r hawl i siaradwyr Cymraeg ddefnyddio’r Gymraeg gyda ni ac mae’r cyngor yn newid y ffordd y mae’n gweithio i wneud hyn yn hawdd a dibynadwy ar gyfer siaradwyr Cymraeg.


Erbyn diwedd mis Mawrth 2016 byddwn oll yn cyfarch y cyhoedd gyda ‘bore da’ neu ‘prynhawn da’ hyderus (yn ogystal â good morning


a good afternoon) pan fyddwch yn ein ffonio neu’n ymweld â ni. Gwnewn ein gorau i ddelio â’ch ymholiad yn Gymraeg, ond os nad oes siaradwr Cymraeg ar gael, byddwn yn eich ffonio’n ôl yn Gymraeg neu drefnu ymweliad.


Gallwch siarad â ni yn Gymraeg yng nghanolfan gyswllt y ddinas ar 01633 656656 ac yng Ngorsaf Gwybodaeth Queensway (y swyddfa docynnau rheilffordd gynt). Rhowch wybod i ni os oes gennych unrhyw broblemau i gael gwasanaethau yn Gymraeg a byddwn yn gwneud ein gorau i wella.


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Your child is entitled to a free part-time nursery place in the term after their third birthday.


You can apply for a community or council maintained nursery from Friday 8 January 2016 until the closing date 29 February 2016.


To apply visit www.newport.gov.uk/ schooladmissions


For any queries or questions please contact the school admissions team on 01633 656656 or email school.admissions@ newport.gov.uk


Additional nurseries may be available for September 2016, please check the council’s website for further updates www.newport.gov.uk/ nurseryplaces


APPLYING FOR A NURSERY PLACE IN 2016


Internet access is available at all Newport libraries and is free for the first hour. For assistance with your online application visit Newport Information Station at: Old Station Building, Queensway, Newport NP20 4AX


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