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Policy briefing: Teacher recruitment and retention in Wales

14 October 2020, 9:00am – 12:00pm | Zoom webinar

The Education Workforce Council (EWC), in collaboration with the Welsh Government, is hosting a virtual 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

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Learn about our speakers

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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.

John Gardner

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.

Mathew Evans



Mathew Evans

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.

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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.

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Hayden Llewellyn

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

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

Huw Powell

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

Elaine Sharpling

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.


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