Welsh Government announces 'new deal' for teachers' training

The Welsh Government has announced a 'new deal' for teachers' training and development, which it says will raise the status of the profession. It follows a report earlier this year, which said teacher progression polices here were under-developed.

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'World class' development pledge for Wales' teachers

Every school in Wales is to be encouraged to give every teacher "world class" professional development throughout their career, following an announcement today by the Education Minister.

Huw Lewis described the move as a "new deal" for teachers. It follows a critical report earlier this year by International think tank, the OECD, which said teacher progression polices in Wales were under-developed.

Welsh Government: 'New deal' for teachers' training

The Welsh Government has announced a 'new deal' for teachers' training and development, and said it will raise the status of the profession.

Teachers will have the opportunity to access high-quality professional learning at every stage of their career that will improve overall performance in the classroom and improve the attainment levels of Welsh learners.

The Education Minister says schools will need to produce plans for how to develop their teachers. Credit: PA

Education Minister Huw Lewis said: “In short, we need a radical step change in how we support the professional development of those working in Welsh education, from initial training onwards."

"From 2015, through the introduction of School Development Plan Regulations, I want to see all schools outlining exactly how they intend to develop their staff to enable them to meet their professional learning goals and address the school’s improvement priorities."

“It’s time to start raising the status of the profession. We need to raise the profile of teaching in Wales and in turn raise the status of teachers, leaders and support staff in our public life. That’s why our new deal is so important."

A recent report by the OECD into the Welsh education system criticised standards of recruitment, development and career progression for teachers here.

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