Education Workforce Council

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EWC research
EWC research

The research we produce helps to ensure education policy in Wales is based on evidence. Some of the research has been undertaken by us, but we do also commission research.

Current research

Ethnic minority representation within the school workforce in Wales

Find out more about the work we’re doing on behalf of the Welsh Government to increase the ethnic diversity of the school workforce in Wales.

Review of the Professional standards for FE and WBL

Find out more about our current review of the Professional standards for further education teachers and work-based learning practitioners in Wales.

Research reports

Ethnic minority representation within the school workforce in Wales

In 2019 the Welsh Government commissioned us to undertake a review of evidence relating to the ethnic diversity of the school workforce in Wales.

The review examined data relating to diversity of the school workforce in Wales and the extent to which it was representative of the wider population. We also examined examples of best practice (from elsewhere in the UK and from other professions) to consider what measures could be taken to make the workforce more ethnically diverse.

The information gathered informed a series of policy ideas for the Welsh Government to consider.

National Approach to Professional Learning: The Professional Learning Blend 2.0

In 2019 the Welsh Government commissioned the EWC to conduct research examining models of professional learning. This report builds on the previous research project undertaken by us in 2018 (see below) and considers how a diverse range of professional learning opportunities can be made available with greater consistency across Wales - maximising the positive impact on education professionals and their students and supporting the National Approach to Professional Learning (NAPL). 

National Approach to Professional Learning (NAPL): The Professional Learning Blend

The National Approach to Professional Learning (NAPL) was launched in 2018, creating a professional learning vision fit for the evolving education system in Wales. In order to enrich the evidence base for the emerging model, Welsh Government commissioned small-scale research projects that focus on the NAPL and its components.

In June 2018, the EWC was commissioned to focus on the professional learning blend which is one of eight elements that make up the model. The paper draws on a review of literature and interviews with key people to address the ways in which the ‘Professional Learning Blend’ may enable effective operation of the new approach. It also considers what professional conditions will need to be in place for a blended approach to the NAPL to operate effectively in practice.

Incentivisation strategies for teacher education

The Education Workforce Council has commissioned four research reports to examine incentivisation strategies designed to improve recruitment and retention of high quality teachers in:

a) international contexts
b) a range of other professions
c) Wales in comparison to England.

PDF Icon Incentivisation Strategies A Synoptic Report

PDF Icon Teacher Training Incentives in Wales International Policy Context

PDF Icon Comparison of teacher training incentives in Wales and England

PDF Icon Graduate recruitment teaching and other professions


Archived research

National Education Workforce Survey 2016

Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Call for Evidence: Impact of the UK’s Exit from the European Union

In July 2017, the UK Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and issued a subsequent call for evidence on 4 August 2017. The Education Workforce Council submitted evidence drawn from the Register of Practitioners, and also provided some context about education policy in Wales.

Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Call For Evidence: Partial Review Shortage Occupation List -Teachers

In May 2016, the Home Secretary wrote to the chair of the Migration Advisory Committee and commissioned it to examine whether there is a shortage of teachers, or teachers in specific subjects which it would be sensible to fill through non-European Economic Area (EEA) migration. Following on from this, the MAC issued a call for evidence. The Education Workforce Council (EWC) was invited by the committee to provide information to support their review.

The EWC provided a response which gave a Welsh dimension and used valuable data both from the Register of Practitioners, and from practitioner surveys to support their work.