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.
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