Raising Standards Together

Information pack

Professional standards

Information on professional standards that apply to practitioners in Wales.


Professional standards are intended to:

  • set clear expectations about effective practice during a practitioner’s career including, where applicable, entry to the profession
  • enable practitioners to reflect on their practice, individually and collectively, against nationally agreed standards of effective practice and affirm and celebrate their successes
  • support practitioners to identify areas for further professional development
  • form a backdrop to the performance management process.

New professional standards

Work is underway to develop new professional standards and is one of a range of commitments designed to support practitioners to develop their practice and support their professional growth.

The review seeks to establish a new framework of standards for all school and further education practitioners who are, or will be, registered with the Education Workforce Council (external link). The new standards will support practitioners to meet challenges now and in the future, and facilitate career-long professional development.

The review is focusing on the professional standards for the following groups of education practitioners:

  • FE practitioners (teachers and learning support staff)
  • school learning support staff
  • school teachers and headteachers.

The development of each group of standards is working to a different timescale but a common feature is the close involvement of members of the profession and relevant stakeholders in the design and trialling of new standards. The aim is to develop standards with the profession for the profession. Schools, drawn mainly from the Pioneer Schools network in each consortium, and ITE institutions have been involved in trialling draft new teaching standards and this has provided valuable feedback to inform further development.

Following an extensive period of engagement with practitioners and stakeholders, facilitated by Professor Mick Waters, proposals for new teaching and leadership standards (schools) are the subject of a public consultation due to start on 2 March. Detailed information about the proposals can be found here.

Work is continuing to develop new standards for the FE workforce and for school learning support staff. This page will be updated as the work progresses.

Existing professional standards

The standards that currently apply in Wales in the school and FE sectors are summarised below.

The Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA) Standards set out the requirements for the awarding of HLTA status. There are currently no standards in place for other learning support staff who work in a classroom.

Trainee teachers are required to meet the Qualified Teacher Status standards. Experienced and newly qualified teachers will use the Practising Teacher Standards  as their national descriptions of practice.

Headteachers are required to meet the Leadership Standards in full (together with the Practising Teacher Standards if they continue to have significant teaching responsibilities).

Developing leaders - teachers and support staff with existing leadership responsibilities and/or those who wish to further develop their leadership skills may use the Leadership Standards as a tool to support their leadership development.

Download Documents

Qualified Teacher Status standards in Wales (File size: 602KB) 

Professional standards for education practitioners in Wales (File size: 264KB)

Professional Standards for Teachers, Tutors and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector in Wales 

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