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 for teaching and leadership
The new professional standards for teaching and leadership are now available.
NQTs commencing induction on or after 1 September 2017 are required to work to the new standards. NQTs who commenced their induction before this date will complete their induction using the same standards they started with. All other serving teachers and leaders will move to the new standards by September 2018 to allow a year for a managed transition.
You can explore the new standards below. You can also access them via your professional learning passport (PLP) on the Education Workforce Council (EWC) website.
Following an extensive period of engagement and trialling with practitioners and stakeholders, facilitated by Professor Mick Waters, proposals for new teaching and leadership standards (schools) were subject to a public consultation which ran from 2 March to 4 May 2017. The Welsh Government summary of consultation responses can be found here.
How will the standards be used?
How practitioners use the standards will depend on where they are in their career. For the award of Qualified Teacher Status and successful completion of induction it will be necessary to demonstrate all the relevant descriptors. Beyond induction, teachers and formal leaders will be expected to use the standards to inform their reflection and planning of professional learning and this will be a matter for individuals’ professional judgement. Practitioners may also use the descriptors to stimulate further exploration and development in ways that best meet their needs.
Following a co-construction exercise led by Professor Bill Lucas, Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester, representatives from the sector have worked together to develop a set of standards for the sector.
The proposed standards were subject to a public engagement process which ran from 24 May 2017 to 20 July 2017. The summary of responses and Welsh Government response can be found on the Welsh Government website.
How will the standards be used?
These professional standards are an important aspect of supporting all practitioners to actively engage in professional learning with the purpose of developing individual and collective expertise to make a collaborative, coherent, innovative and sustainable research-led impact on all learners.
We would encourage employers to consider how they can use these professional standards to support and embed professional learning within their current professional development systems and processes.
Work is underway to develop and trial new professional standards for school learning support staff, FE learning support staff and those undertaking the further education postgraduate certificate in education.
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. Newly qualified teachers starting induction on or after 1 September 2017 are required to meet the new professional standards for teaching and leadership. NQTs who began their induction prior to this date will continue using the practising teacher standards.
Serving teachers and school leaders can move to the new professional standards for teaching and leadership during the course of 2017/18 and are required to use the new standards by 1st September 2018.