The Welsh Government has introduced new professional standards in it's mission to improve education in Wales.
The standards will aim to improve leadership and teaching in Wales by concentrating on every teacher's work and collaborating with other professionals across Wales. They're targeting the plans at newly qualified teachers who will begin their term this month.
The new standards will replace 55 existing ones standards with five new ones and will be more tailored to a teacher's role throughout their career. Some of the key points are:
- To inspire, challenge and support every practitioner from the trainee teacher to the experienced head teacher to focus on the skills, knowledge and behaviour required to meet the needs of their learners.
- To better support new entrants to the teaching profession by bringing greater continuity between initial teacher education and induction.
Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said the Welsh Government wants to support teachers to be the best they can be throughout their careers.
The new plan is backed by the Education Workforce Council.
The standards will apply to all serving teachers and leaders by September 2018 and initial teacher training programmes from September 2019.