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New term, new teaching standards - The Welsh Government introduce goals for newly qualified teachers

The Welsh Government has introduced new professional standards in it's mission to improve education in Wales.

The standards are part of a mission to improve education across Wales Credit: PA images

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.

Quite simply, no education system is better than the quality of its teachers. Alongside teachers and parents, I share the ambition for a profession committed to the highest standards, lifelong learning and high aspirations for all pupils.

These new standards are about making sure teachers develop the right skills throughout their career. They empower all those teaching in our classrooms to work together to raise learner outcomes.

– Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education

The new plan is backed by the Education Workforce Council.

We encourage teachers to use them in planning their professional learning and development as they progress through their careers. The four regional education consortia will ensure that every newly qualified teacher has a mentor to support them in using and evidencing the standards throughout their induction period.

– Hayden Llewellyn, Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council

The standards will apply to all serving teachers and leaders by September 2018 and initial teacher training programmes from September 2019.