The Council regulates education practitioners in Wales in the public interest.
'Regulation' means the Council is responsible for ensuring education practitioners are suitable to practise in Wales. Carrying out this work gives the public, learners and practitioners protection and confidence in the education professions. Everyone has a right to expect the highest standards of practitioners in the education of learners, particularly children and young people.
The Council regulates by maintaining a Register of Education Practitioners in Wales, and by looking at the detail of a registered person's conduct (behaviour inside or outside of an education al establishment) or competence (ability as an education practitioner) where it comes into question. This might be necessary because the registered person was dismissed from a school, or convicted by a court. Ultimately, the Council decides whether or not a registered person's conduct or incompetence was so serious that it should affect their registration.
A person cannot be employed as a:
- qualified teacher who carries out the specified work of a teacher school in a maintained school or non-maintained special school in Wales (school teacher);
- person who provides education in or for a further education institution in Wales (FE teacher);
- school learning support worker who provides, or supports a school teacher in the provision of specific services in a maintained
- school or non-maintained special school in Wales; or
- further education support worker who provides specific services in or for a further education institution in Wales,
unless they are registered with the Council. Registration gives an employer and the public reassurance that a registered person has nothing relevant recorded against them which might make them unsuitable to teach learners, in particular, children and young people.
You can find out more about how the Council regulates education practitioners in Wales below.
Please note that in all circumstances, the Education Workforce Council (Main Functions)(Wales) Regulations 2015 , and the Council's Disciplinary Procedures and Rules 2016 take precedence.
For general information about how the Council regulates, please click here .
Information for registered persons:
If you have received a letter from the Fitness to Practise Team, and/or want to know more about how the Council regulates, please click here .
Information for employers and agents:
Employers and agents have a responsibility to refer cases of alleged unacceptable professional conduct, serious professional incompetence and conviction of a relevant offence to the Education Workforce Council. For more information, please click here
Complaints about registered persons:
Any person or organisation can make a complaint about an education practitioner registered with the Council if it relates to an allegation of unacceptable professional conduct. However, the Council will only accept a complaint if it has already been reported to the registered person's employer or agent. For more information, please click here . The complaint form can be found here .
Information for observers attending Fitness to Practise Committee hearings:
Members of the public can attend Fitness to Practise Committee hearings as observers. A small number of observer places are available for this purpose. If you wish to attend, please contact the Council on 029 2046 0099. Further information for observers can be found here . Scheduled dates for forthcoming hearings can be found here.