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WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a-w 1a:WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a/w 1a 11/6/09 11:47 Page 1 2009/10 Bulletin Free online teaching support 14-19 News update WJEC's Students of the Year Meet the (new) WJEC Staff Useful contacts WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a-w 1a:WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a/w 1a 11/6/09 11:47 Page 2 Foreword We've reached a major milestone in WJEC's history by moving into Phase 1 of the new office building at the same address near Cardiff that's been our home since 1970. But scanning through the location names mentioned in this bulletin, you'll see that our activities now reach all parts of England and Wales. Working with an increasingly wide network of schools and colleges has given us added strength - especially as our interactions with teachers and lecturers continue to be based on close links with our specialist subject officers and support teams. As we become increasingly involved in vocationally-related aspects of provision, we have also recently become a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (www.awarding.org.uk). The themes covered within the bulletin give a flavour of the wide ranging change and innovation that’s occurring across our portfolio of services. Not all of these benefit from an ideal start in terms of the frameworks and timelines which emerge from regulators. But, by involving experienced educationists in our development work, WJEC does succeed in providing learning programmes and supporting resources which prove to be very successful and popular. As always, we would be very pleased to hear your views on any aspect of our work. Gareth Pierce Chief Executive [email@example.com] WJEC on the move New shop A pile of rubble is all that remains of WJEC's old premises, One element of the new WJEC building which is well and the infamous "black box". On the same site in Llandaf, just truly completed is the new bookshop facing Western Avenue. outside Cardiff, has arisen a new, fit-for-purpose building Stocked to the brim with curriculum-related materials, which now houses most of WJEC's 260 staff. English and Welsh literature and a wide range of Work on Phase 2 of the building will continue until spring educational toys and greetings cards, the shop welcomes 2010, but with the new car park facilities being completed personal and telephone callers as well as online in the autumn we expect to be able to hold meetings on enquiries. More details and contact numbers can be site well before the turn of the year. We also look forward found on www.wjec.co.uk/shop to bringing back into the fold those staff who currently occupy temporary bases elsewhere. CONTENTS PAGE Foreword/WJEC on the move/New shop 2 WJEC's Students of the Year 3 14-19 News update 4-5 Free online teaching support from WJEC 6 Meet the (new) WJEC staff 7 A day in the life of… Gareth Pierce 8 Classroom resources: WJEC delivers! 9 Innovation 2008 10 National Youth Arts Wales 2009 11 Contacts 12 2 WJEC Bulletin Cover image: online resources from NGfL Cymru WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a-w 1a:WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a/w 1a 11/6/09 11:47 Page 3 WJEC's Students of the Year On 15 December 2008, WJEC celebrated its 60th anniversary University of Glamorgan Award for Humanities and Social and the success of 40 A level students at a very happy awards Science - James Almond, Queen Elizabeth High School, ceremony in the St David's Hotel in Cardiff Bay. The students, Carmarthen with parents and teachers, came from as far afield as Performing and Visual Arts - sponsored by Trinity College Skegness and Essex to receive their awards. Carmarthen's School of Theatr, Cerdd a'r Cyfryngau - Rachel Student of the Year was Haigh, Palmer's College in Essex Elliot Crowley, from Bassaleg School in Newport, who Subject Awards achieved outstanding results Art and Design: Anneka James, Groby Community College, in his three Science subjects. Leicestershire Elliot said that he felt the content of the WJEC courses Biology: Chirali Patel, Ysgol Aberconwy, Conwy sustained his interest in the Chemistry: Finneas Catling, Yale College, Wrexham subject matter, "in all a very Computing: Marcus Webb, Holy Cross College, Bury good grounding for further Design and Technology: Emilene Parry, Dubai College study." Elliot is now studying Engineering Science at Jesus Drama and Theatre Studies, sponsored by the Royal Welsh College, Oxford, in College of Music & Drama: Sara Jane Lee, Truro College, Cornwall Elliot Crowley, UWIC Student of the Year preparation for a career in Economics: James Almond, Queen Elizabeth High School, Engineering Management. Carmarthen Personal Achievement Awards, sponsored by Aberystwyth Electronics: Boris Korzh, St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, University, were won by Matthew Heath, from Ystrad Mynach Flintshire College, Jon Gibbins, from Ysgol Aberaeron and Obaidullah English Language: Richard Glenn, Skegness Grammar School Kousha from Gorseinon College. Obaidullah was born in English Language and Literature, sponsored by Seren Afghanistan, and grew up in refugee camps in Pakistan, then Publishing: Rebecca Voelcker, Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Pwllheli moved to Russia before coming to Swansea in 2004. English is his fourth language; he is currently studying at Oxford. English Literature, sponsored by Seren Publishing - joint winners: Joanna Van Der Veen, Sir George Monoux College, Walthamstow and James Gillard, Ebbw Vale Comprehensive Film Studies: Gareth Davies, V1 Form College, Farnborough French, sponsored by CILT Cymru: Alice Hughes, Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Dolgellau Geography: Owen Jones, Ysgol Penglais, Aberystwyth Geology: Daniel Collins, King Edward V1 College, Stourbridge German, sponsored by CILT Cymru: Lucy Godding, Hereford V1 Form College History: Rhys Hopes, St John Baptist Church in Wales, Aberdare Law and Business Studies, both sponsored by University of ˆ Wales Newport Business School: Dafydd Ll yr Jones, Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Pwllheli Sian Jones, from Coleg Menai, Welsh Baccalaureate Student of the Year with Mathematics: Sara Shah, St Joseph’s RC High School, Newport Amanda Smith from sponsors Bangor University and Ross Thomas, WJEC Further Mathematics: Jiabo Wang, St John Baptist Church in The awards were presented by Jane Hutt, the Welsh Assembly Wales, Aberdare Government’s Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Media Studies: Michael Lovelock, Lawrence Sherriff School, Learning and Skills, and the MC was Radio 1 and S4C Rugby presenter Huw Stephens. Gareth Pierce, WJEC's Chief Music, sponsored by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Executive, welcomed guests, commenting "it's a special Drama: Julie-Anna Haynes, Yale College, Wrexham privilege to meet some of the students who have benefited PE: Lowri Jenkins, Ysgol Penweddig, Aberystwyth from our work and achieved such excellent results." Physics: Patrick Robertson, Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor Awards for Outstanding Achievement in two Psychology: Phoebe Pickard, Shrewsbury V1 Form College or more WJEC GCE subjects Religious Studies: Alice Evans, Welshpool High School Welsh-medium subjects - Ian Kelly, Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf Spanish, sponsored by CILT Cymru: Tom Upfold, Cardiff Academy Mathematics, ICT and Computing - Jiabo Wang, St John Sociology: Bethan Tanner, Caerleon Comprehensive Baptist Church in Wales High School, Aberdare ICT: Andrew Hibbard, Ysgol Aberaeron The TES Cymru Communication Award - Sophie Bowler, Welsh First Language, sponsored by the School of Welsh, Haberdashers' School in Monmouth Cardiff University: Guto Dafydd, Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Pwllheli Science - Nicholas Hopkins, Bishop of Llandaff Church in Welsh Second Language, sponsored by the School of Welsh, Wales School. This award was sponsored by Cardiff University Cardiff University: Robynne Davies, Llanishen High School School of Biosciences World Development: Jack Williams, Park College, East Sussex WJEC Bulletin 3 WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a-w 1a:WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a/w 1a 11/6/09 11:47 Page 4 14 -19 News Update GCSEs - new from 2009 and Evidence that a Project has been completed can be shown in widely varying ways, for example through written research 2010 onwards into a historical or cultural issue, a field study, an artefact WJEC has produced thirty six new GCSE specifications to meet produced in an art or design project, a scientific enquiry or a the revised government criteria for non-core subjects to be performance or sporting activity. taught from September 2009. Assessment materials and WJEC has received enquiries from as far afield as Truro, Jersey comprehensive, free support for teachers in the form of the and Newcastle, from teachers of subjects including new online Teachers’ Guides are available at Geography, Film and Media, English Literature and www.wjec.co.uk/gcse Psychology. As there is scope in many projects for analysing The core subjects (English, English Language, English data, WJEC has partnered with the Royal Statistical Society Literature, Welsh, Welsh Literature, Mathematics and ICT) Centre for Statistical Education (www.rsscse.org.uk) to provide together with Welsh Second Language, are being revised for innovative support for developing the data handling skills of teaching from 2010 onwards. Specifications are currently 14-19 year olds. going through the process of obtaining accreditation from More information on the Project and on WJEC's free QCA in England and DCELLS in Wales. introductory courses can be obtained from WJEC will be introducing the new specifications and www.wjec.co.uk/projectandextendedproject or from Tessa accompanying materials at a series of free INSET professional Gabriel-Davies, Pathways Development Officer, on 029 2026 development courses throughout England and Wales, in late 5191 or firstname.lastname@example.org 2009/early 2010. Bookings can be made at www.wjec.co.uk/professionaldevelopment New Qualifications Further information about the new specifications can be WJEC is finalising two exciting new Level 3 qualifications for obtained from the specialist WJEC Subject Officers who have teaching from 2009 and 2010 onwards respectively. been developing them: email@example.com (English, English Criminology and Environmental Design have been developed Language and English Literature); firstname.lastname@example.org (ICT), in response to demand from centres and professionals in the email@example.com (Mathematics), firstname.lastname@example.org fields. They can be studied as Additional Learning within the (Welsh and Welsh Literature) and email@example.com Diploma in England, and as optional elements within the (Welsh Second Language). Welsh Bac in Wales. Criminology offers a unique combination of modular and Project and Extended Project exam-based assessment. Its main areas of study are Crime & WJEC is offering the new Project and Extended Project in Wales Deviance, Crime Scene Analyses, E-crime and the Criminal and England from September 2009. These exciting new Justice System. It will appeal to students interested in careers qualifications can be taken alongside GCSEs, A levels or in law enforcement, sitting comfortably alongside subjects like vocational qualifications as standalone options, or as part of A level Sociology, Law and Psychology. the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification in Wales and the The study of Environmental Design, which has three units - Diploma in England. Buildings, Landscape and Making Places - will provide a Students have a flexible choice: they can explore in depth an pathway to future careers in a wide range of disciplines, aspect of a subject they are already taking, examine including art, architecture, landscape design and urban connections between different subjects or study a topic of planning. personal interest to them. They develop transferable skills in More information can be obtained from research, planning and presentation, together with problem firstname.lastname@example.org (Criminology) and solving and investigation. email@example.com (Environmental Design) 4 WJEC Bulletin WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a-w 1a:WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a/w 1a 11/6/09 11:48 Page 5 Essential Skills Wales/Sgiliau Finance, Manufacturing & Product Design, Hospitality, Hair & Beauty and Environmental & Land-based Studies. WJEC is also Hanfodol Cymru developing two subjects independently: Society, Health & From September 2010 Key Skills, Basic Skills and Skills for Life Development and Creative & Media. ICT in Wales will be replaced by a new suite of qualifications The specifications are being modified for use in Wales, to take called Essential Skills Wales/Sgiliau Hanfodol Cymru. The new into account differences between Key/Essential Skills in Wales and qualifications consist of three skill areas, with qualifications Functional Skills in England. The England versions, substantially available at each level within these skills: Communication, the same apart from these modifications, can be viewed at: Application of Number and ICT. http://developments.edexcel.org.uk/diplomas/what/lines At levels 1 to 4, the qualifications will be assessed via a For more information about WJEC's PL qualifications and plans, portfolio of evidence which will be internally assessed and please contact firstname.lastname@example.org externally moderated. Assessment arrangements for Entry Level are yet to be decided. Welsh Baccalaureate The new suite of qualifications is expected to be accredited by From September 2009 over 30,000 students will be studying for September 2009, followed by free WJEC training during Spring the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. There will be thirty two 2010 and implementation from September 2010. Transitional arrangements will be put in place for any remaining Key new post-16 Advanced and Intermediate centres and thirty six and/or Basic Skills candidates, and WJEC will support existing new centres offering the pre-16 Intermediate and 14-19 and new centres throughout that period. Foundation Level. As a major provider of these new qualifications, we are Three 14-19 Networks across Wales, with 11 centres, will be already arranging dates and venues for free training courses offering Principal Learning qualifications with WJEC under the in spring 2010: umbrella of the Welsh Baccalaureate. More information about the Welsh Baccalaureate can be obtained from Monday 1 March Deganwy Tuesday 2 March Mold www.wjec.co.uk/welshbac Wednesday 3 March Llandrindod Wells Monday 8 March Swansea Mathematics News Tuesday 9 March Merthyr WJEC has welcomed the opportunity to pilot a proposed new To support the delivery of the new suite of qualifications, GCSE Mathematics qualification in Wales, starting in September guidance documents and revised curricula are being developed 2010. The new qualification will be a double award, with two and will be published by DCELLS in autumn/winter 2009. components - Methods in Mathematics and Application of More information and links to other useful sites, including the Mathematics - and will enable pupils to study mathematics in DCELLS pages which set out standards for the new greater depth than is currently possible. qualifications, can be found on www.wjec.co.uk/keyskills WJEC is also planning to introduce a new Level 2 qualification: the WJEC Certificate in Additional Mathematics. It is hoped that Principal Learning the new qualification will be available in Wales from September In Wales, WJEC is providing Principal Learning (PL) in partnership 2010. The one year course is targeted at candidates who are with Edexcel, as an option within the Welsh Baccalaureate sitting Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics, and are aiming to Qualification. Subjects available from 2009 onwards are: specialise in Mathematics or related disciplines at a higher level. Construction & the Built Environment, Engineering, and IT. More information on these new developments will be posted From 2010 onwards there will be a further six subjects on the website as it becomes available - available through the partnership: Business, Administration & www.wjec.co.uk/mathematics WJEC Bulletin 5 WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a-w 1a:WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a/w 1a 11/6/09 11:48 Page 6 Free Online Teaching Support from WJEC GCSE Online Teachers’ Guides NGfL Cymru resources to support WJEC specifications A fresh new set of NGfL Cymru continues apace to develop interactive resources Teachers’ Guides has to support the curriculum for ages 3-19, including vocational been written to and further education. Over 100 applications to the Innovative accompany the new Resource Fund, which provides funding for schools and WJEC GCSE courses colleges to support the development of resources, have been for teaching from made this year, and about 70 individual applicants and 10 September 2009. teacher networks have been supported. The new Guides Much emphasis has been placed on resources that support build on the success secondary education, including KS3 Design and Technology of WJEC’s GCE Guides and KS3 History. A set of forty interactive appraising activities introduced last year, has been produced for KS3 Music and there is also a new suite which have been of interactive speaking and listening resources based on 21st warmly welcomed by century issues and incorporating thinking skills activities. teachers as valuable Resources which have particular relevance to WJEC support for teaching specifications include: the new • GCSE Welsh Film Studies - Latest 2 resource packs complete specifications. the specification The GCSE Guides are • GCSE Religious Studies Short Course (Spec B, Option A) – electronic documents covering three topics which can be • AS Geography (G1) – Hurricanes and Rivers downloaded from the document section of each subject page on WJEC’s website • AS Religious Studies - Buddhism and Judaism www.wjec.co.uk They are fully interactive, containing • AS Sociology – An e-book covering the most popular options multimedia files, useful hyperlinks to resources, and all the • AS ICT - including examples relating to business, information teachers will need to make the transition from the education, health and the home previous to the new specifications. Focus areas for further developments this academic year Examples and advice on controlled assessment written by include Music, English, Drama and Mathematics. Subject Officers and their examinations teams have been It is now possible for users to create their own online folders included, and bookmarks make it easy to navigate and within ‘My NGfL Cymru,’ storing favourite resources, sharing access the information. The documents will be frequently them with others and being kept informed of any additions. updated, to ensure that the information presented is accurate NGfL Cymru can be found at www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk and up-to-date. New webpage to showcase educational resources Information on all resources produced by WJEC and on WJEC's behalf can now be found on a new webpage which teachers can search by subject and/or level – http://edresources.wjec.co.uk/ Hyperlinks take the user to the relevant download pages in the case of free resources, or to WJEC’s online shop in order to make a purchase. Further developments to follow include comments and reviews from users of the resources and video clips giving tips on how they can be used in the classroom. 6 WJEC Bulletin WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a-w 1a:WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a/w 1a 11/6/09 11:48 Page 7 John Williams Brian Harris Karen Thomas Allison Candy Pip Jones Jonathan Owen Meet the (new) WJEC staff John Williams Allison Candy Subject Officer, Mathematics Subject Officer, Home Economics, Hospitality and Catering John studied mathematics at Imperial College, London, before Allison joined WJEC as a full-time employee in April 2009, after first qualifying as a secondary school teacher at UWIC in Cardiff. testing the water by working one day a week for three months! He worked for thirteen years as a mathematics teacher at Born in the Rhondda, Allison graduated from Bath University in Cowbridge Comprehensive School, and he has also marked 1987, then taught Home Economics and Catering, Technology examination papers for WJEC for a number of years. Before and Health and Social Care. She was Head of Department for being appointed as Subject Officer, John was a member of the 17 years and Second in Technology for 15 years. As Vocational mathematics Question Paper Evaluation Committee. Co-ordinator Allison enjoyed the challenges of promoting John’s responsibilities at WJEC will include the development of vocational education in her school. She established an NVQ the new GCSE Specification, for first teaching from 2010, and Hairdressing and Beauty course for schools in the local the upcoming revision of the A-Level Specification. John’s consortium, and was the lead teacher for the 14-19 learning leisure and sporting interests include playing the piano, pathways initiative for child development and health and cycling and running. He spends much of his spare time as a social care. musical director for amateur theatre companies in and around For the last 10 years Allison has worked for WJEC as a Cardiff. moderator and examiner, including a period as Chief Examiner for Entry Level Food Studies. She was also part of the Brian Harris working group which wrote the new Health and Social Care A Subject Officer, GCE/GCSE Applied Sciences and Entry Level level specification. Outside working hours Allison enjoys Science & Land Studies socialising, travelling, keeping fit and reading trashy novels. Originally from Abergavenny, Brian graduated from Bristol University with a BSc in Chemistry. He completed a PGCE Pip Jones before teaching Science in Bedwellty Comprehensive School Subject Officer, GCSE Media Studies and Creative & Media PL and then Chemistry at Neath Port Talbot College. While at Pip Jones joined WJEC from a varied background, including a Neath, Brian taught on a variety of courses including AS/A number of years working in banking, leading customer levels, Higher National Certificate in Chemistry and support teams. She was also librarian for the College of Licentiateship of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He served the Medicine, Cardiff, for several years, where she initiated and college as ILT Champion for Science before becoming Head of developed programmes of research for distance learners. the School of Maths and Science. Pip’s interest in teaching and old movies led her to becoming Brian started working with WJEC in January 2009 and has Head of Media Studies and Critical Thinking at St David’s responsibility for GCSE/GCE Applied Sciences and Entry Level College. Her academic credentials include a BSc (Econ) Hons Science/ Land Studies. In his spare time Brian enjoys hill in Information and Library Studies, PGCE in Post 16 Education walking, photography and keeping chickens. He is married and a Diploma in Basic Skills. She is currently working on with four children and attends a local church. He is also a WJEC's new Creative & Media Principal Learning qualification, keen supporter of the Ospreys rugby team. building on the popularity of WJEC's GCSE and GCE A/AS level Media Studies and Film Studies specifications. Pip is married Karen Thomas with three children and to maintain her sanity loves to run! She enjoys reading, catching up with friends, tennis and athletics. Subject Officer, Health & Social Care Karen trained in FE before working as a teacher at St David's Catholic College, Cardiff for five years, as Head of Department Jonathan Owen of Health and Social Care and as a teacher of Sociology and Subject Officer, Chemistry and Geology Psychology. She has an MA in Leadership and Management Jonathan is originally from Newport in Pembrokeshire and and also completed a VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) graduated from University of Wales College Cardiff in 1992. He programme, teaching and working in community-based taught at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen before he was appointed reproductive health programmes in Ghana, West Africa. She Head of Chemistry at Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg in 2001. He has also been a marker for WJEC. was the school’s Examinations Officer and also marked GCE Karen’s responsibilities at WJEC will include the development Chemistry for WJEC. of the new Principal Learning qualification for Society, Health Jonathan will be part of WJEC’s team developing new GCSE & Development (Wales), which will be available for first Science specifications for first teaching from September 2011. teaching from September 2010. Karen's leisure and sporting Jonathan’s interests include cycling, walking and playing golf interests include travelling, surfing (badly!), camping, and he spends much of his leisure time on his duties as exploring and cycling to work from her home in Penarth. secretary of Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd. WJEC Bulletin 7 WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a-w 1a:WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a/w 1a 11/6/09 11:48 Page 8 A day in the life of… Gareth Pierce So, it’s the 06:12 again from Burry Port to Cardiff – my contribution to reducing the congestion in our very limited car park at Western Avenue on the outskirts of Cardiff whilst Phase 2 of the building works is progressed. And also an opportunity to get some work done on a couple of documents through the net- book which has taken the place of my blackberry – the screen size is ample to read PDF documents and to edit draft documents that can now be improved after getting colleagues’ comments. As the previous two days have been at meetings away from Cardiff, the post needs to be checked on arrival at the office. Although the volume is tiny compared with the e-mail traffic, there are usually a couple of important external documents. This time there’s a funding agreement for signature, and there’s a pack of job application forms to be worked through carefully in order to provide suggestions for short- listing. The interviews are in the diary for just over a week’s time. With the "pool car" available there’s an opportunity for a brief round trip to our Trefforest site to discuss progress on the question paper production and despatch activity, and also to catch up on the overall utilisation of space as we reach the very busy period of Key Stage 3 moderation meetings which are held on site. Then back to Western Avenue for a meeting with another awarding body to discuss issues of common interest in relation to vocational developments within the Welsh Bac. Over a sandwich lunch, we have an internal review of progress on a number of developmental projects with a strong IT theme, which involve collaboration across several teams within WJEC. We explore the pace at which we can implement on a larger scale some of the on-screen assessment developments which are at an early stage just now. Our fortnightly management team meetings are now quite well established in their afternoon slot, and we seem to be achieving a good balance with a full hour on forward-looking strategic themes before addressing a substantial list of operational matters where a collective view is important. There remains the opportunity to revisit the e-mail in-box and pick up tomorrow’s rail ticket for the 06:18 from Port Talbot to London for a meeting with the regulators - have we been lucky and booked in time to get the better value advance tickets? Meanwhile, the 16:30 bus to Cardiff central station is a "must" in order to be westwards and homewards on the 17:04! 8 WJEC Bulletin WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a-w 1a:WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a/w 1a 11/6/09 11:48 Page 9 Classroom resources: WJEC delivers! To most people the name WJEC suggests examinations. However, All the publications mentioned are the results of partnerships another key part of WJEC’s work is to ensure that educational between WJEC, local authorities in Wales, DCELLS and resources are available to promote teaching and learning independent publishers. across the whole of the curriculum, from Foundation Phase to A This year several bilingual digital educational resources have level. The editors in WJEC's Educational Resources department, also been created, with responsible for the Welsh-medium element of this work, have the integral aim of been as busy as ever this year, ensuring a wide range of multi- developing thinking media provision in their various fields of expertise. skills, an example of Two resource packs on the theme of Shopping support which is the recently- teachers in meeting the challenges of the new Foundation released AS level version Phase. The two packs use Cadi, a character already familiar of the e-book for Law in the classrooms of Wales, to develop young children’s (the A2 version will be knowledge and understanding of the world. Another available soon). Other Foundation Phase development, promoting literacy skills, is an projects include extension of the acclaimed Darllen Mewn Dim series, based interactive presentations on characters from the fictional "Gwlad y Rwla," which for the GCE Biology (Biochemistry modules) and for GCSE includes a table game, CD-ROM, musical, CD and books. Science and Additional Science. Innovative work funded by Eight publications have enriched the DCELLS to produce Science resources to bridge KS4 and KS5 is provision for KS2, including a also under way. mathematics dictionary Mathiadur: Geiriadur Mathemateg Cyntaf. WJEC’s Current projects National Professional Development The following are a few of the Welsh-language projects which Officer is developing training materials will be completed during 2009: to accompany this innovative resource. GCE Further Pure Mathematics textbook (Gwasg Taf) At GCSE level, the first Welsh language GCE and GCSE Drama and Theatre Studies - adaptations of a textbook in Applied Science has been number of plays to meet the requirements of the new specifications produced, to support a growing interest GCSE Applied Science teachers’ folder to support the textbook in this WJEC qualification. And to help (UWIC Press) prepare our young musicians for their examinations, a range KS3/4 Welsh First Language – two files of resources to stimulate of Music listening tests has been published, including a CD discussion (@ebol) and teachers’ book, as well as two files of scores, CDs and KS2 Welsh – a volume of poetry Lluniau yn fy Mhen based on background notes to accompany the AS level specification. curriculum themes, together with a teachers’ book (Gomer) WJEC Bulletin 9 WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a-w 1a:WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a/w 1a 11/6/09 11:48 Page 10 Jane Hutt, The Welsh Assembly Government's Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, with Jack Henderson, Dr Virginia Chambers, WAG's Director of Technology and Innovation, Derec Stockley from WJEC and Innovation organiser Selwyn Gale Innovation 2008 Since winning his £500 first prize in the Wales Innovation Innovation, which combines a competition, event and Awards in October, Jack Henderson, from Ysgol Uwchradd exhibition all on the theme of Design & Technology, is run Aberteifi, has appeared on GMTV, had tea at 10 Downing annually by WJEC in association with the Welsh Assembly Street and met Lord Drayson, Westminster Cabinet Minister for Government’s Department for the Science and Innovation. Economy and Transport. Jack's Bike Claw, his WJEC A level Design & Technology The scheme encourages young project, was one of 190 projects selected to compete for the people throughout Wales to be title of UK Young Technologist of the Year at the National technologically innovative and to Science competition held in London in March 2009. Jack was appreciate the importance of design named overall runner up in a field of highly talented young and technology. scientists and engineers. "The ideas put forward by young As an off-road motor biking enthusiast, Jack saw the need for people from all over Wales are a product to take his motorbike to a track without using a tremendously exciting" said Gareth specialised trailer, and he invented the Bike Claw to attach to Pierce, WJEC’s Chief Executive, "and I a car and grip the front wheel of the motorbike. am delighted that WJEC’s Design & Peacock coat designed by Technology courses have inspired so Second prize was won by Madalen Dixon, Amman many students to develop such Richard Milcoy of Ysgol Valley School, winner of the Creativity prize excellent projects." Gyfun Llanbedr Pont Steffan, with a Bagmate Innovation 2008 was supported by the Pro-X - a remotely UK Intellectual Property Office and Abel & Imray Patent controlled golf bag alarm Attorneys. These and other organisations held seminars to system to address a provide advice to students on marketing, presenting their security problem ideas and obtaining patents. The event also included free in- experienced by many service training for teachers, conducted by WJEC’s Chief golfers leaving their Examiners. Pop-up Book designed by Tegan Pike, Llantwit equipment outside the More information on Innovation 2009 can be obtained from Major School, winner of the Patent Office prize clubhouse. Steve Howells, Subject Officer for Design & Technology, on Lucy Hopkins, from St John Baptist Church-in-Wales High email@example.com School, Aberdare, won third prize with a range of pewter cast jewellery inspired by the artist Mucha. 10 WJEC Bulletin WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a-w 1a:WJEC Bulletin 09 E 12p a/w 1a 11/6/09 11:48 Page 11 National Youth Arts Wales 2009 Members of National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW) recently Over 1,000 young people auditioned for one or more of the descended upon Tactile Bosch studios in Cardiff for a NYAW groups this year. Four hundred of Wales’ most talented professional photo-shoot to generate publicity photographs for young performers have been successful and will give up the this summer’s NYAW concerts and performances. Working with best part of their summer holiday to Perform for Wales in 2009. Cardiff-based, CR-eative Design Agency, NYAW members entered into the spirit of the day with enormous enthusiasm – as this selection of photographs demonstrates! Some performance highlights for 2009 • National Youth Choir of Wales will appear at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London. • National Youth Dance Wales will work with acclaimed dancer/ choreographer, Errol White, as part of an association with Cardiff’s Arts Active and Diversions, dance company of Wales. • National Youth Orchestra of Wales will travel for the first time to the magnificent Sage Gateshead – one of the UK’s foremost concert halls. • National Youth Theatre of Wales will present a new play by award-winning writer, Manon Eames, directed by award-winning director, Tim Baker. NYAW Concert / Performance Schedule – Summer 2009 22 July National Youth Brass Band Concert William Aston Hall, Wrexham 23 July National Youth Brass Band Concert St Asaph Cathedral 23 July National Youth Choir Concert Conwy Classical Music Festival, Conwy 24 July National Youth Brass Band Concert Prichard Jones Hall, Bangor 24 July National Youth Choir Concert St Asaph Cathedral 25 July National Youth Choir Concert St Giles’s Church, Wrexham 29 July National Youth Jazz Concert Aberystwyth MusicFest 6 August National Youth Orchestra Concert Aberystwyth Arts Centre 7 August National Youth Orchestra Concert Prichard Jones Hall, Bangor 8 August National Youth Orchestra Concert Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham 8 August summerdance 09 New Theatre, Cardiff 9 August National Youth Orchestra Concert The Sage Gateshead 11 August (am) National Youth Orchestra Concert Three Choirs Festival, Hereford 11 August (eve) National Youth Orchestra Concert St David’s Hall, Cardiff 4 September National Youth Theatre Performance Aberystwyth Arts Centre 5 September National Youth Theatre Performance Aberystwyth Arts Centre 6 September National Youth Choir BBC Proms Concert Royal Albert Hall, London 8 September National Youth Theatre Performance Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold 9 September National Youth Theatre Performance Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold 11 September National Youth Theatre Performance Sherman Cymru, Cardiff 12 September National Youth Theatre Performance Sherman Cymru, Cardiff For further information, contact NYAW / Youth Arts on 029 2026 5060 or visit www.nyaw.co.uk for details of all NYAW activities, events and latest news. 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