Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for the teaching workforce in Wales - professional standards, staff development and the new curriculum

Morning, Friday, 7th December 2018

Central Cardiff


This timely conference focuses on next steps for the teaching workforce in Wales ahead of the release of the new curriculum in April 2019.

Delegates will also discuss early indications of the impact of new professional standards for teachers, due to come into force in September - particularly on the way teachers are using new freedoms to tailor classes to the needs of their pupils.

With the seminar taking place amid changes to the regulatory environment - as a new self-evaluation framework is being developed and with the Welsh Government considering an independent review of Estyn’s role, including whether to pause inspections for a year - the seminar will also be an opportunity to assess what these changes mean for teachers, pupils and the implementation of the new curriculum.

Further sessions will look at the Workforce Development Plan and the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board report, both expected to be released in the Autumn, and the UK Government’s recent announcement of an increase in teachers’ pay, which will take effect before the upcoming devolution of teachers’ pay and conditions in the new year.

We also expect discussion on recruitment, workloads, teacher mental health and well-being, and Welsh language provision, as well as ensuring the long term supply of teachers for Wales.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Kevin Palmer

Deputy Director, Pedagogy, Leadership and Professional Learning Division, Welsh Government

Lynne Neagle AM

Chair, Children, Young People and Education Committee


Councillor Jennifer Raynor

Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Swansea Council

Owen Evans

Director, Teach First Cymru

Arwyn Thomas

Managing Director, GwE

Claire Morgan

Strategic Director, Estyn

Gareth Evans

Executive Director of Education Policy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Councillor Myfanwy Alexander

Portfolio Holder for Learning and Welsh Language, Powys County Council