Policy briefing: Teacher recruitment and retention in Wales
14 October 2020, 9:00am – 12:00pm | Senedd Building, Cardiff Bay / Online (via Zoom)
The Education Workforce Council (EWC), in collaboration with the Welsh Government, is hosting a policy briefing exploring teacher recruitment and retention in Wales.
This event, which is sponsored by the Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams MS, will play a key role in guiding the development of policy in Wales in areas, such as workforce planning, Welsh language strategy and devolved pay and conditions. It is a must for policy makers, headteachers, senior leaders and researchers.
At the event, we’ll:
- share the latest data, emerging trends and look at other countries and professions
- invite a panel of experts to share their views and answer your questions
- showcase the latest plans to tackle recruitment and retention issues in Wales
- give exclusive insight to the new national website and service to promote careers and career progression in education
Learn about our speakers
Kirsty Williams MS
Kirsty Williams has been Wales’ Education Minister since May 2016. She entered government following an agreement with the previous First Minister, leading a “national mission of education reform” at all levels. Ms Williams leads the government’s education programme, which includes reducing infant class sizes, delivering the most equitable and progressive student support system in Europe, and transforming the school curriculum.
Professor John Gardner
John Gardner is a professor of Education at the University of Stirling and is the former Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university. In 2012 he completed a four-year term as President (2009-11) and Vice-President (2008-09 and 2011-12) of the British Educational Research Association. Since 2018, he has been chair of the Welsh Government’s Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board.
Matthew Evans recently accepted a headship at Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf. He has twelve years’ experience in senior leadership roles, including ten years as headteacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalafera – Bro Dur (2011-20). He currently sits on two representative bodies: CYDAG (Society of Schools for Welsh Medium Education) and the Welsh Government’s Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board.
Dr Hazel Hagger
A former Director of Professional Programmes at Oxford University, Dr Hazel Hagger was appointed as Chair of the EWC’s ITE Accreditation Board last summer. She taught English for many years before joining the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research focused on ways of making practising teachers' expertise accessible to beginners and she has written extensively on teachers' learning and development.
Hayden is Chief Executive of the Education Workforce Council (EWC). Having joined the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) at its inception in 2000, he held the posts of Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive, before the body was renamed and its remit extended in April 2015. Hayden has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors and has also worked in further and higher education, the health service, policing and for a multi-national retail company. He is a governor at Bridgend College and has previously held a similar responsibility in three other FE colleges in Wales.
Kevin Palmer is the Welsh Government’s Deputy Director of Pedagogy, Leadership and Professional Learning. Before joining the Welsh Government, he provided support to schools across the EAS consortium region as Assistant Director. He also has experience of ITE in schools and colleges in Wales and in England.
Huw Powell has been in senior leadership for over eight years and a headteacher for six years, working in both Wales and England. He is currently Head of Mary Immaculate High School, a disadvantaged community on the west of Cardiff. Huw is a NPQH mentor and has supported numerous senior colleagues into headship for a number of years. Huw is also a headteacher representative on the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board.
Elaine Sharpling is the Academic Director of Teacher Education in the Athrofa, UWTSD and has led the development of a new suite of ITE programmes through the accreditation process. Following a career change from nursing, she trained as a primary teacher before moving into the Higher Education sector. She leads undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of Initial Teacher Education and has a research interest in language development, linguistics and measuring quality in ITE programmes.
Previous policy breifings
Headteachers and leadership: December 2017
The Education Workforce Council held its second policy briefing of 2017 on Thursday, 14 December at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay. This analysis presented data on school headteachers, deputies, and assistant and executive headteachers and registrants with NPQH who are not in a leadership role.
This event was for all stakeholders with an interest in education policy and headteacher recruitment / retention. We drew on unique data from the register gathered over 10 years to reveal what’s happening in headteacher/leader recruitment, retention, and career progression in Wales.
We presented data extracted from the register of education practitioners to provide a profile of in-service headteachers and registrants that hold NPQH in terms of age, gender, years since QTS, qualification which will show the overall profile of registrants in headship roles or progressing to headship.
We hope the session will help guide the development of education policy in Wales in areas such as workforce planning, NPQH, headteacher retention, gender balance, the Welsh language strategy, and devolved pay and conditions.
It also offered an opportunity to look at barriers to headship and views on NPQH with evidence from qualitative research.
This event was sponsored by Darren Millar AM.
An infographic depicting the statistics can be found here .
You can download the slides from the presentation here .