The Education Workforce Council (EWC) is the independent regulator in Wales for teachers in maintained schools, Further Education teachers and learning support staff in both school and FE settings. There is also an intention by Welsh Government for the EWC to regulate Youth Workers and people involved in Work Based Learning from 1 April 2017.
The Education Workforce Council (EWC) was established by the Education (Wales) Act 2014. Under the Act, the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) was reconfigured and renamed to become the Education Workforce Council (EWC). The EWC came into being on 1st April 2015.
The principal aims of Council are to:
- contribute to improving the standards of teaching and the quality of learning in Wales;
- maintain and improve standards of professional conduct amongst teachers and persons who support teaching and learning in Wales;
- safeguard the interests of learners, parents and the public and maintain public trust and confidence in the education workforce
Our role and remit
The EWC's main functions are to:
- establish and maintain a Register of Education Practitioners;
- maintain a Code of Professional Conduct and Practice for the education workforce;
- investigate and hear allegations of unacceptable professional conduct, serious professional incompetence or relevant criminal offences that might call into question a registered practitioner's fitness to practise;
- provide advice to the Welsh Government and others on matters related to the education workforce and teaching and learning;
- monitor Induction and hear Induction appeals (where applicable) for teachers;
- promote careers in the education workforce;
- undertake specific work in relation to teaching and learning at the request of the Welsh Government.
The EWC is funded by practitioner registration fees, but receives grant funding from the Welsh Government for the following activities undertaken on its behalf:
- administering the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS);
- administering funding, tracking and recording arrangements for Induction, the Masters in Educational Practice (MEP), and Early Professional Development (EPD);
- Developing and hosting the Professional Learning Passport; and
- hearing Induction appeals and the issuing of Induction certificates.
The Education Workforce Council has fourteen members. Seven members are directly appointed through the Welsh Government public appointments system and seven members are appointed following nomination from a range of stakeholders. Council members are appointed for a period of four years. The Council sets the strategic direction for the EWC, and is responsible for its governance. You can read more about the Council members here.
The EWC employs 36 staff.