Royal assent has been granted to a new act that will drive up standards in Welsh education and harmonise school holiday dates.
The Education (Wales) Act 2014 is aimed at improving local accountability, raising school standards and reducing complexity and bureaucracy.
It will establish the Education Workforce Council, which will introduce a new registration and regulation system of teachers and the wider education workforce.
The way in which school term dates are set will also be altered to ensure they are harmonised across all maintained institutions in Wales.
First minister Carwyn Jones said the act would benefit families who experience problems due to variations in school term dates.
According to minister for education and skills Huw Lewis, the changes will help to promote the collaboration needed to improve standards of teaching and the quality of learning.
"I am confident that these improvements will help pupils to fulfil their potential and assist parents in supporting their children's education," he added.
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