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 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.

Next steps

Work is underway to develop and trial new professional standards for school learning support staff, further education (FE) and work-based learning practitioners, FE learning support staff and those undertaking the further education postgraduate certificate in education.

Download Documents

Professional standards for teaching and leadership - For Apple devices (open through ibooks) (File size: 5MB)

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. 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.

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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