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Policy briefings
Policy briefings


Policy briefing: Teacher recruitment and retention in Wales

14 October 2020

On 14 October 2020, we held a policy briefing on teacher recruitment and retention. Building on our 2017 policy briefing, this year’s event presented the most up-to-date picture of the situation in Wales.

Hosted alongside the Welsh Government, the briefing brought together over 160 stakeholders in education to explore themes arising from comprehensive data analyses and research.

After an opening address from Kirsty Williams MS, we began the session by looking at the key findings of our analysis of data across a range of areas. We looked at themes like the Welsh language, leadership, induction and recruitment to ITE programmes.

Attendees then heard about emerging trends in teacher recruitment and retention across the UK and globally, and some of the strategies used to address these.

The final round of presentations looked at the latest plans to address recruitment and retention issues. This included a presentation from Dr Hazel Hagger, chair of the EWC's ITE Accreditation Board, who focused on the Welsh approach to ITE. Attendees were then told about a new website due to launch in spring 2021 and an advocacy service, already up and running, all part of a national campaign to promote careers in the registered education professions.

To end the session, attendees had an opportunity to ask their burning questions to a panel of experts, which included EWC Chief Executive, Hayden Llewellyn. He was joined by Kevin Palmer (Deputy Director of Pedagogy, Leadership and Professional Learning, Welsh Government), Dr Hazel Hagger, Elaine Sharpling (Director of Teacher Education), Huw Powell (Headteacher, Mary Immaculate High School), Matthew Evans (Headteacher, Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf).



Policy briefing 2020: PowerPoint (bilingual)

Policy briefing 2020: PDF (bilingual)


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