It is an established principle in the UK and many other countries worldwide that professions in which the public have a legitimate interest, should be regulated in order to protect / safeguard the public. In practice, this means that:
In achieving these objectives, most regulatory bodies have the broadly the same statutory responsibilities, which are to:
There are two models of regulation worldwide. One is that government regulates a particular profession and therefore the people within that profession do not pay a fee. The second is that a profession regulates itself. The second model is much more common worldwide and is regarded as the preferable one for the profession concerned, as the profession itself is entrusted with the responsibilities set out above, without government intervention. The down-side of self-regulation is that those professionals have to pay for it. However, in the main, professionals are prepared to do this in return for:
To summarise, the fee is:
The fee model for the EWC is actually a hybrid one, in that while all registrants pay a fee, the Welsh Government will also pay a subsidy directly to the EWC to reduce the fee for all registrants.
Having set out in general terms why professions are regulated and why those within such professions should pay a registration fee, it is worth commenting briefly on why the extension of regulation to the wider education workforce in particular is beneficial. In summary, the main reasons are:
Being registered not only allows an individual to practise but it also provides assurances to employers, parents/carers and learners that registrants are appropriately qualified and continue to meet the expected standards of conduct and competence.
The Government in England abolished the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) and the Institute for Learning (IfL) and therefore school and FE teachers in England do not have to register. However, in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and across the world, the regulatory bodies were not abolished and registration is a requirement.
Personal details held on the Register include a practitioner’s name, contact address, employment, qualifications and professional development.
We produce an annual Statistics Digest which summarises key information from the Register. We also produce analyses of data from the Register and use this information to feed into workforce planning and to inform policy development. You can see more statistical reports here.
Registrants have access to their own record. Specific limited information is also available to employers and the general public.
All registered practitioners will pay a registration fee. The Welsh Government has set the fees for 2018-19, these are set out in the table below.
|Registration Group||Fee 2018-19|
|Further Education teacher||£45|
|School and FE learning support worker||£15|
|Work-based learning practitioner||£45|
|Youth support worker||£15|
No. The administration costs involved with collecting a range of different fee amounts would be high and would mean that the registration fee for all registrants would have to increase. Administering a single annual fee for each group of registrants is more cost effective.
Yes, you will need to register. You can find information on how to register here.
School teachers need to have gained Qualified Teacher Status in order to register. If your qualification is from overseas, please contact the Registration team for more information by phone, 02920 460099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For FE teachers, school and FE support staff and work based learning practitioners there are no qualification requirements to register at the moment.
There are minimum qualification requirements for Youth Workers and Youth support workers.
If you have not worked in a registered profession for five years or longer but now wish to register, you will need to complete a period of updating in accordance with the EWC’s Return to Practice scheme. You can find out more about this scheme here.
All new registrants must also satisfy the EWC’s Suitability criteria. You can read more about Suitability here.
You can only be registered in the school teacher category if you have qualified teacher status (QTS). But:
If you are studying to teach via a paid route, eg Teach First or the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) you will need to register in the school learning support worker category.
On gaining QTS, if you want to continue membership of the EWC, you will need to change registration categories and register as a school teacher. You will need to pay the difference in fees. Our Registration team will be able to advise you on how to do this, phone 029 2046 0099 or email email@example.com.
Student teachers studying through the higher education route do not need to register.
However, you can choose to register voluntarily in the school learning support worker category. On gaining QTS, if you want to continue membership of the EWC, you will need to change registration categories and register in the school teacher category. You will need to pay the difference in fees. Our Registration team will be able to advise you on how to do this, phone 029 2046 0099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are studying for a PGCE in post compulsory education (PGCE FE) or PCET, you will not be required to register unless you are also undertaking some paid teaching hours. If you are being paid for any teaching, you will need to register in the FE learning support worker category.
Each year, members of our Registration team organise visits to talk with all final year students in Wales, including Teach First.
If you work in more than one role, for example as a school teacher and a FE teacher, you need to register in both categories. However, you will only be required to pay one registration fee.
The EWC follows the European Directive in recognising overseas qualifications.
Please contact the Registration team email@example.com or by phone 029 20460099 for specific advice.