Prospectus: Training Sessions for Middle and Secondary Schools

The Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills is once again offering training sessions for educators in Middle and Secondary Schools as part of the professional development sessions organised by schools. In this booklet we are pleased to announce a list of the courses that we are proposing, aimed to develop both the soft skills and competences of our educators.

Click on the following link to view our online prospectus:

Prospectus 2022/23

Resource Book: Using History to teach about Multicultural Malta

The History Department is currently distributing complementary copies of the resource booklet for teachers entitled Using History to teach about Multicultural Malta, published by the Faculty of Education of the University of Malta. The booklet, which targets Year 9 to Year 11 students, focuses on selected topics from the History (General) Syllabus and presents teaching resources and tasks from a multicultural dimension in view of the developments that are changing Malta into a multi-ethnic society.

Celebrate National Space Day: Webinar for Yr 9 – Yr 10 students

National Space Day was created to inspire all of us in the pursuit of knowledge and progress. To celebrate this day, Esplora teamed up with GLOBE Malta and the U.S. Embassy to organise a virtual webinar for students focusing on Space Exploration and Earth Observation.

Participating students will have the opportunity to meet with Peter Falcon, and Earth Science Education and Communications Specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as Gordon Caruana Dingli, who recently published a book on the Apollo programme and the locals’ response to it. Moreover, educators and students will have an opportunity to meet with Ramona Mercieca to discover how they can become citizen scientists by collecting data for NASA scientists.

Target Audience: Yr 9 – Yr 10 students

Day: 6th May 2022

Maximum number of participants: 3 classes

Session Duration: 1 hour, to be held between 11am and 1pm.

The exact time will be agreed upon with educators upon booking to ensure that a common time slot can be found among all classes involved. The Webinar is free to attend and will be delivered in English.

European Money Quiz – Financial Literacy Activity for Secondary Schools

The European Money Quiz is a European competition on financial literacy for 13 to 15-year-old students. The quiz has been held since 2018 under the coordination of the European Banking Federation. The European Money Quiz is also one of the many activities organized every year during the European Money Week. The Malta Bankers’ Association in collaboration with the Department of Accounting and Business Studies within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes, are coordinating the National Selection in preparation for the European Money Quiz – Grand Final. This is the second time that a local
quiz is being organized to select the national winners for participation in the European Grand Final.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Final of the European Money Quiz will be held as an online competition on Tuesday 10th May 2022, using the free game-based learning platform Kahoot!

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Annual Examinations Timetable for Middle and Secondary Schools

The annual examinations for both Middle and Secondary Schools will be held from the 8th of June till the 24th of June 2021 (both days inclusive). Click on the following links to access the full timetable for Middle (Years 7-8) and Secondary School Students (Year 9 – Year 11):

Middle School Timetable

Secondary School Timetable

Secondary School Certificate and Profile: Information for Schools and Parents/Guardians

Due to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the operation of schools and other providers of educational activities, the entries in the Secondary School Certificate and Profile (SSC&P) to be awarded to current Year 11 students are to be completed by following the directions given here:

For scholastic year 2019/20 (when current Year 11 students were in Year 10:


a. Formal education:
i. Teacher assessment marks based on marks entered up till March 2020;
ii. Exam marks based on marks obtained in the half-yearly exams held in February/March 2020.
iii. With regard to State schools, if any 2019/20 assessment and/or exam marks are still not inputted, the Year 10 teachers are asked to forward these marks to the school’s clerical staff for inputting in the SSC&P Excel sheet provided by SIS for checking purposes in late May.
b. Non-formal and Informal education entries based on participation in school activities and out-of-school educational activities up till March 2020.
c. Personal qualities, Attendance and Behaviour entries based on reported personal qualities, attendance and behaviour up till March 2020.

For scholastic year 2020/21:


a. Formal education (in-person school attendance and participation in online lessons):
i. Teacher assessment marks entered as per usual practice;
ii. Exam marks based on annual/mock exams held in March/April/May 2021.
b. Formal education (vulnerable students with a medical certificate):
i. Teacher assessment marks entered as per usual practice;
ii. Exam marks for students who were not able to sit for the Year 11 annual exams will be based on an elaboration of results obtained in the Year 9 Annual exams and the Year 10 Half-yearly exams. This exercise will be carried out by EAU with the resultant marks being sent to school for inputting in MySchool.
c. Non-formal and Informal education, where held and whether in person or online, are to be inputted as per usual practice. These entries will be inputted for information purposes only as no marks will be allocated or deducted for non-formal/informal education activities held during the Covid-19 pandemic.
d. Personal qualities, Attendance and Behaviour entries to be based on in-person school attendance and/or virtual school attendance.

Students not deemed as ‘vulnerable’ and who did not sit for the Year 11 annual exams in 2021 will be marked as ‘Absent’ in the SSC&P.

National Innovation Challenge for Students aged 12-16 Years

The Young Enterprise Malta Foundation (JAYE), in collaboration with the HSBC Foundation, are organising the National Innovation Challenge: Building a Financially Capable Generation. The purpose of this event is to create an innovative environment, as the students will be faced with a financial challenge, to which they have to come up with a solution. They will then present their ideas through a presentation and video to a judging panel.

The event will be held on the 24th of April, from 9:00 – 15:00 on ZOOM online platform, and is open to students aged 12-16 Years. Students are encouraged to form groups of 5-10 members, and can register either individually or as a whole team:

Registration form per student by 21st April 2021: https://jayemalta.org/r/NICsignup
One registration form per team by 22nd April 2021: https://jayemalta.org/r/NICTeamSignUp

More information about the National Innovation Challenge, including a list of FAQ’s, can be found here:

Information about the National Innovation Challenge

ĠEMMA FTIT – Financial Literacy Online Interactive Play and Webinar

The Department of Accounting, Business Studies and Retail within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes in collaboration with ĠEMMA is inviting students in Years 9, 10 and 11 to take part in the online Interactive Play called ĠEMMA FTIT. The objective of the play is that of educating teens on the importance of money management – why one should budget, managing spending, the importance of differentiating between needs and wants, earning income and using it wisely, setting financial goals and saving for them amongst others. Furthermore, the play highlights the importance of decision making which often impact our future both regarding the financial aspect as well as career progression. Every decision taken carries a situation which poses some questions to viewers thus there is an interaction between the play and viewers.

Teachers are being encouraged to make students aware of this play and carry out a lesson about the importance of money management following the delivery of the online play in class. Link for the GEMMA FTIT play:


Interested students are then invited to participate in a webinar with a representative from ĠEMMA and the Department of Accounting, Business Studies and Retail to discuss and share ideas on what they learnt from the play. Students’ parents/guardians are encouraged to join in the webinar and participate in the discussion. The webinar will be scheduled on Friday 23rd April 2021 at 16:00. A link for the webinar will be sent to individuals who register through the link
https://forms.office.com/r/XsPRn2gngk by Friday 9th April 2021.

Should you have any queries, please contact Ms Joanne Zammit on joanne.zammit.3@ilearn.edu.mt.

Code.SprintMT Challenge for Secondary School Students

Code.sprintMT is a competition about problem solving and programming for Computing students from the secondary, post-secondary and undergraduate schools/institutions. Students are given a series of tasks to solve within a time frame using the programming language stipulated by the syllabus. A judging panel will assess the participants’ solutions and a winner and two runners up, are announced. Also, students within the secondary category can achieve an MQF 3 certification. This year, it will be held between the 10th and 24th July 2021. In this 4th edition of code.sprintMT, all certificates issued to participants, finalists and top three will be issued in digital form via blockchain technology.

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Reviżjoni tas-Sillabi tas-SEC – Revision of SEC Syllabi

Il-Bord tal-MATSEC ħareġ lista ta’ tibdiliet fis-sillabi tas-SEC 2022 u SEC 2023 li jirriflettu proċeduri tal-operat tal-iskejjel differenti minħabba l-pandemija. Il-lista bil-bidliet tista’ tiġi aċċessata permezz tal-holqa https://www.um.edu.mt/matsec/officialcommunication. Aktar dettalji jistgħu jinstabu fis-sillabi tas-suġġett rispettiv.

The MATSEC Examinations Board has issued a list with changes in the SEC 2022 and SEC 2023 syllabi to reflect  the different operating procedures in schools because of the pandemic. The list with changes can be accessed through https://www.um.edu.mt/matsec/officialcommunication. More details can be found in the respective subject syllabi.

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