Education Workforce Council

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The Education Workforce Council (EWC) has recently submitted its response to the Children, Young People and Education (CYPE) Committee’s consultation on the Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill.

The consultation, which closed on 17 December 2021, sought views from stakeholders on the general principals of the Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill. The Bill sets out details of how the Welsh Government will establish a new regulatory body that will oversee tertiary education in Wales.

Within its response the EWC highlighted its statutory remit for Further Education (FE) and Work-Based Learning (WBL), and emphasised the importance of professional registration and regulation, referencing the benefits this can bring to the profession. These include helping to improve standards of teaching and the quality of learning in Wales, safeguarding the interests of learners, parents and the public and helping to maintain public trust and confidence in the education workforce.

In addition, the response:

  • invited consideration of the benefits of EWC accreditation for revised Post Compulsory Education & Training (PCET) programmes (as is required for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes);
  • emphasised the EWC consistently held position that professional standards should be developed and ‘owned’ by the relevant professional body (which in the case of the FE and WBL sectors is the EWC) in line with common practice in many other jurisdictions and professions;
  • highlighted the anomaly that exists whereby FE teachers, FE learning support workers and WBL practitioners are required to register with the EWC, but those teaching within Higher Education (HE) settings are not.

The full consultation response can be found on the EWC’s website.