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New Deal 'will reshape CPD in Wales'

18/03/2015 Kelly
Welsh education minister Huw Lewis has revealed details of support that will be provided for teachers to help them deliver the new 'Made in Wales' curriculum.

The New Deal for the Education Workforce is designed to reshape continuing professional development (CPD) for the country's teaching professionals.

It includes plans to introduce a Professional Learning Passport by September 2015 to help each practitioner plan and record their career-long professional development.

The Welsh government will also provide support and guidance for schools to help them produce tailor-made School Development Plans. Centred upon workforce development, these will engage all staff in high-quality CPD.

Mr Lewis said the New Deal is "about building capacity so our teachers and support staff are given structured learning opportunities throughout their careers, so they can keep developing their practice and ultimately, so they continue to be equipped to deliver for learners and can meet the challenges ahead".

Revised professional standards are to be introduced as part of the New Deal, setting out the professional skills and knowledge required of practitioners to deliver a future curriculum.

Teachers will also receive support to study the new Masters in Education Practice, which will ensure they are up to speed with the latest academic research on effective teaching practice.

The Welsh government is to work with practitioners to provide examples of a range of Career Development Pathways and identify the support needed to aid their progression along these routes.

The New Deal follows on from Professor Graham Donaldson's 'Successful Futures' report, which contained a number of radical proposals for a new curriculum in Wales.

It also builds on the 'Teaching Tomorrow's Teachers' report by Professor John Furlong, which suggests ways in which initial teacher training could be improved.

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