Welsh education minister Huw Lewis has announced a new initiative to support continuing professional development (CPD) in the country's education system.
Practitioners will be able to access high quality professional learning at every stage of their career as a result of the changes. This is aimed at raising standards in the classroom and improving the attainment of Welsh learners.
A National Professional Learning Model is to be introduced to support the new deal, which will instil respect for the profession. Those in teaching jobs, as well as leaders and support staff, are to have the responsibility for their own professional learning and share their knowledge and good practice with others. CPD opportunities will be supported by regional consortia, through the National Model of Regional Working.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) highlighted professional development as a key area for improvement in its report on the Welsh education system. It said attracting and developing "high-quality human capital" is essential to achieving excellence in education and the government should raise the status of the profession and commit to initial teacher training. The OECD said it should improve CPD by working with schools and school improvement services.
Mr Lewis said the new initiative came in response to the OECD recommendations.
"Every practitioner should experience high quality professional development, whichever school they work in and throughout their career. From 2015, through the introduction of the School Development Plan Regulations, I want to see all schools outlining exactly how they intend to develop their staff to enable them to meet their professional learning goals and address the school’s improvement priorities."
The education secretary added that the new deal is essential to ensuring the status of teachers in Wales is raised.
In the April report, the OECD praised the "positive" learning environments in Welsh classrooms and the relationships between pupils and teachers.
However, it recommended a number of improvements and said a "long-term vision" is needed to raise education standards.
Article taken from the Teaching Personell website.