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 all school practitioners
The new professional standards for teaching and leadership were published in September 2017 and NQTs commencing induction from that date 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.
The draft professional standards for assisting teaching in Wales will be available for use from September 2018 and will form the basis of a consultation in the following months.
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.
Professional standards for school practitioners in Wales (poster) (File size: 98KB)
Teachers and leaders
School support staff
NQTs who started induction before September 2017
All school practitioners
Further education teachers and work-based learning practitioners
The professional standards for further education teachers and work-based learning practitioners in Wales are now available.
You can also access the standards via your professional learning passport (PLP) on the Education Workforce Council (EWC) website.
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.