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Our Research strategy sets out our aims:

  • To support and promote research engagement within the education workforce
  • To develop research capacity in the Welsh education system
  • To develop the EWC’s evidence base to inform policy development
  • To use research evidence to enhance our ability to influence policy and policy implementation.

The principles which underpin our research activity mean that we want our research activity to:

  • maximise the potential of data we hold and activity that is already routinely undertaken,
  • be timely and relevant to policy makers and practitioners alike,
  • be co-produced where appropriate, and
  • be aligned with our roles and remit.

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Research engagement group

We host a Research Engagement Group (REG) comprised of practitioners and others with experience of, and interest in, research in the areas of teaching and learning in order to:

  • Support our work in the area of research, including facilitating critical access by teachers to research
  • Promote engagement by practitioners in, and with, research
  • Promote engagement between practitioners and others engaging in research, including HEI-based researchers.

Research blog - Professional insights

Our new blog looks at trainee teachers in initial teacher training institutions in Wales: http://ewc.wales/site/index.php/en/research-statistics/research-blogs

Published research

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.

Practitioner research

Masters in Educational Practice research library

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