Policy Forum for Wales

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

December 2018

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

Delegates discussed whether the new approach provides professionals in schools with sufficient support to prepare for the new curriculum. They also looked at the initial impact of the new professional standards for teachers and leaders - particularly on the way teachers are using new freedoms to tailor classes to the needs of their pupils. 

As the seminar took place with the self-evaluation framework being developed and the Welsh Government considering an independent review of Estyn’s role, the seminar assessed what these changes mean for teachers, pupils and the implementation of the new curriculum.

Delegates also looked at the recommendations from the autumn review of teacher’s pay and conditions, and the Workforce Development Plan and the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board report.

Further discussion focused 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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates