New teaching standards for further education and work-based learning workforce
New professional standards for staff in the further education and work-based learning sectors were launched recently at the ColegauCymru Conference on Post 16 Education.
The standards will set high expectations for all practitioners and be more explicit about the role of high-quality collaborative professional learning to support improvements. They reflect the importance of ongoing professional learning for staff and the role vocational learning plays in creating the skilled, innovative and adaptable workforce Wales needs.
Speaking at the conference, Eluned Morgan Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning said:
"Vocational learning is every bit as important as academic education and if we want the best for our vocational learners their teachers, tutors and assessors have to be supported in their role. These new standards set out a clear, aspirational framework for the sector to work to.
"The critical principle of vocational education is that those working in both FE and WBL tend to operate as dual professionals, as experts both in a ‘vocation’ and as ‘teachers’. This has been made a central strand throughout the standards.
"I am confident that these standards will further engage and motivate practitioners and their employers in their pursuit for excellence and improved outcomes for all."
Kelly Edwards Head of Work Based Learning Quality at the National Training Federation Wales said:
"The Work-based Learning sector was delighted to be involved in the development of the new standards. The standards will support professional learning for WBL practitioners, with a key focus on developing the dual professional. We welcome the standards as an important step to enhance professional recognition for the WBL sector in Wales."
Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru, Wales’ post compulsory education charity, added:
"The development of professional standards is a move which is welcomed by ColegauCymru. Further Education provides the practical skills and knowledge that communities rely upon, we fully endorse and will promote these standards as a way of ensuring that the public and the profession alike are clear on what is required to continue to deliver world class skills in the rapidly changing world of work."
Latest News from
Update from the UK chief medical officers on the UK alert level22/09/2020 14:05:00
Message from the 4 UK chief medical officers on the UK alert level.
Celebrity chef backs campaign to ‘Be Mighty, Recycle’ in bid to become recycling leader22/09/2020 11:05:00
The Welsh Government is spearheading a new drive to get people in Wales to recycle more in a bid to be the world leader in recycling.
Consultation on autism Code of Practice launched22/09/2020 09:05:00
Health Minister Vaughan Gething yesterday [Monday 21] announced a consultation on the draft Statutory Code of Practice on the Delivery of Autism Services, which had previously been delayed from April due to the coronavirus pandemic.
£420,000 will ensure access to free school meals for learners shielding or self-isolating21/09/2020 15:43:00
The Welsh Government will ensure all pupils entitled to free school meals will continue to receive provisions if they are shielding or have to self-isolate thanks to £420,000 of funding confirmed by Education Minister Kirsty Williams.
Have your say on the future of manufacturing in Wales21/09/2020 14:05:00
Economy Minister Ken Skates will today launch a national discussion on a new plan to help secure the future of manufacturing in Wales.
Local coronavirus restrictions imposed to control outbreaks in South Wales21/09/2020 13:28:00
Coronavirus laws are being tightened in 4 more Welsh authorities – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport – following a sharp rise in cases, Health Minister Vaughan Gething today announced.
Shoppers must wear face coverings and keep social distance in order to help Keep Wales Safe – Lesley Griffiths21/09/2020 11:05:00
Shoppers in Wales must now wear face coverings and keep a two-metre social distance in shops and supermarkets in Wales in order to help prevent the further spread of Coronavirus, Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has said.
Support for homebuyers extended21/09/2020 09:05:00
The Help to Buy Wales scheme is to be extended for a third phase, the Minister for Housing and Local Government Julie James has announced.
St David Awards 2021: New award for pandemic heroes18/09/2020 16:05:00
First Minister Mark Drakeford is calling on the people of Wales to help find the country’s most extraordinary people, by nominating them for a St David Awards.