Professional standards in Wales

3 Nov

By Elizabeth Williams, Senior Professional Officer (Wales)

The Welsh Government is keen to implement new professional standards for teachers, leaders, teaching assistants and teachers in further education (FE). Voice has contributed to the development of all of these standards.


We argued that the draft standards for teachers were too complex. As a result of what we and other unions said, the standards will now be easier to understand. 

NQTs commencing induction from September are required to work to the new standards, and they will be compulsory by September 2018 for all other teachers, so we suggest that members find out about them now, especially for CPD.  A short film explains the standards:



FE practitioners: 

We responded to a Welsh Government consultation on the proposed new FE standards.  The draft standards are good, except they do not take account of the management support, time and resources needed by FE members for their professional development.   I shall report back when the standards are finalised.

Teaching Assistants:   

I’ve been part of a working group drafting new standards for TAs.  It’s not been easy to come up with one set of standards, because TAs have such varied roles covering so many activities.

This work is ongoing and there is no implementation date yet, but these standards are to support TAs’ professional development and should not be used by management in critical performance management

From November 2017, Your Voice.


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