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

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


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 discuss early indications of the impact of new professional standards for teachers and leaders, which came 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.

Discussion also comes as powers over teachers’ pay and conditions are devolved to Wales, and delegates will look at the recommendations from the recently released review of teacher’s pay and conditions, which emphasises the need for greater professional learning for all teachers and a reduced teaching commitment for early career teachers - as well as suggesting a ‘bold’ new framework for pay linked to professional development to be overseen by a to be established Welsh School Teachers’ Review Body.

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.

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.

Guest of Honour

Lynne Neagle AM

Chair, Children, Young People and Education Committee

Keynote Speakers

Dr Kevin Palmer

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

Dilwyn Roberts-Young

Incoming General Secretary, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru

Lynne Neagle AM

Chair, Children, Young People and Education Committee


Rhianon Passmore AM

Member, Cross Party Group on Children and Young People

Neil McEvoy AM

Member, Cross Party Group on Children and Young People


Neil Butler

National Official Wales, NASUWT

Councillor Jennifer Raynor

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

Owen Evans

Director, Teach First Cymru

Dr Martin Price

Chair, Vale of Glamorgan School Governors’ Association; Member, Advisory Board, Central South Consortium Joint Education Service and Member, Stakeholder Group, National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales

Arwyn Thomas

Managing Director, GwE

Professor John Gardner

former Senior Deputy Principal, Education and Students, University of Stirling and Chair, Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board, Welsh Government

Claire Morgan

Strategic Director, Estyn

Gareth Evans

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

Hazel Wordsworth

Director of ITE, School of Education and Human Development, Bangor University

Councillor Myfanwy Alexander

Portfolio Holder for Learning and Welsh Language, Powys County Council