Under the Education Workforce Council (Main Functions) (Wales) Regulations 2015, as amended a practitioner must be registered in the correct category or categories for the work that they are undertaking/ intend to undertake. They are:
Registered school teacher- for working as a qualified (holder of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)) school teacher in a maintained school or non-maintained special school in Wales. Note: school teachers who are required to complete the statutory Induction period in Wales and have not yet done so will be given ‘provisional’ registration status only (subject to meeting the suitability criteria).
Registered further education teacher — for working as an FE teacher (lecturer) in a further education institution in Wales.
School learning support worker — for working as a learning support worker in a maintained school or non-maintained special school in Wales.
FE learning support worker — for working as a further education learning support worker in a further education institution in Wales.
Work based learning practitioner — for working as a work based learning practitioner (e.g. trainer, assessor, learning deliverer, coach or mentor) for or on behalf of a work based learning provider. This also includes those practitioners who co-ordinate the delivery of WBL such as: those involved in management / leadership roles; quality assurance staff.
Youth worker — for working as a person who provides youth development services for or on behalf of a local authority, school, FE institution or voluntary organisation in Wales. This category of registration is subject to mandatory qualification requirements .
Youth support worker — for working as a person who provides youth development services for or on behalf of a local authority, school, FE institution or voluntary organisation in Wales. This category of registration is subject to mandatory qualification requirements .
Please refer to the ‘Guidance notes’ within the registration application pack to ensure you meet the criteria required for registration. The section ‘Applying to register’ refers specifically
Please ensure that you include all the supporting documentation referred to in the guidance when you submit your application.
Provisional Registration Status
Teachers with QTS gained after 1st April 2003 are required to complete a period of Induction in Wales or in England. If an applicant for registration in the category of school teacher has not yet met the Practising Teacher Standards they will be given Provisional Registration status only (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria for registration).
Full registration is granted once a registered school teacher has met the Practising Teacher Standards.
Keeping your record up to date
The information held on your record may change from time to time and registration is subject to compliance with the EWC Registration Rules (link). As such there is a requirement for you to notify the Council, within a month, of any change to your record.
If you move address or change employment you can let us know by logging in and registering to view and, if necessary, amend your record online. This will assist us in maintaining an up to date record for you and ensure your compliance with the Registration Rules.
Click on the MyEWC button on the left to view your record now.
Access to information on the Register of Education Practitioners
We guarantee the security of the information held on the Register, which is fully compliant with data protection legislation.
Information on the Register can be obtained by registered practitioners who have full access to their record, employers who can make employment or pre-employment registration checks and the general public who are able to check only whether a practitioner is registered with the Council or not. Access to this information can be gained from the My EWC link or, alternatively by contacting the Qualifications and Registration Team directly.
Returning to Practise
During the course of their career, many practitioners may choose not to practise as a school teacher or further education teach for an extended period of time. This may be for a number of reasons, such as to pursue another job, to undertake further study, to travel, to take parental leave or to carry out caring responsibilities.
When individuals wish to return to work as an education practitioner, it is important that they are fully prepared and their knowledge and skills are up to date, not only for the benefit of the learners they will teach but also for their own benefit.
What will I need to do?
If you are applying for registration in the category of registered school teacher (with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)) and gained QTS more than 5 years ago but have not worked as a qualified teacher in the UK, a European Economic Area (EEA) country or overseas in the last five years, the Returning to Practice criteria apply to you.
If you are applying for registration in the category of registered further education teacher and have not worked as an FE teacher (lecturer) in the UK, a European Economic Area (EEA) country or overseas in the last five years or, you do not have at least three years relevant industrial, professional or business experience gained in the last 5 years then the Returning to Practice criteria apply to you.
If you are applying for registration in category of registered further education teacher and are currently undergoing or about to commence training on a post-compulsory initial teacher training course at an accredited provider in Wales or England you are exempt from the requirements of the Returning to Practice scheme.
If the Returning to Practice scheme applies to you, you MUST complete a period of updating of at least 10 full days (or equivalent). Please refer to the scheme guidance here and complete the period of updating form which will need to accompany your application for registration.