Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for the teaching workforce in Wales: initial teacher education, retention and continuing professional development

Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Park Inn Hotel, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2JH


Delegates at this seminar will consider the next steps for training and supporting the teaching workforce in Wales.

It is timed to discuss progress so far following the announcement of a ‘New Deal’ for Teaching Professionals in Wales in March 2015 and the publication of Professor John Furlong’s Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers report. It also comes ahead of the introduction of a new National Curriculum for Wales and is timed to allow discussion about the impact that forthcoming changes will have on the teaching profession.

Sessions will focus on the delivery and content of initial teacher training, improving access to and quality of professional development for teachers and support staff - particularly around use of technology in the classroom - and developing a new generation of school leaders in Wales to address the impending retirement of a large number of current headteachers across the country.

Guest of Honour

Hayden Llewellyn

Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council

Guest of Honour

Hayden Llewellyn

Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council

Keynote Speakers

Dr Philip Dixon

Writer and Broadcaster on Education; Author, Testing Times and former Director, ATL Cymru

Kim Howell

Partner, Geldards


Rhianon Passmore AM

Member, Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People

Dr Hefin David AM

Member, Children, Young People and Education Committee


Huw Roberts

Chairman, SNAP Cymru

Dr David Cunnah

National Officer for Wales, Institute of Physics

Professor David Egan

Emeritus Professor, Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Emma Winter

Newly Qualified Teacher

Jackie Parker

Headteacher, Crickhowell High School, Powys

Dylan E. Jones

Dean of Education and Communities and Director of Yr Athrofa, Institute of Education, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Professor David Reynolds

Acting Head of Education, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

Rod Bowen

Education Consultant, Eteach UK

Tim Pratt

Director, ASCL Cymru

Rob Williams

Director of Policy, NAHT Cymru

Robert Smith

Research Manager, National Foundation for Educational Research