Launch of a consultation on plans to introduce an additional day of pedagogical training > News

Job : Wed 21 Sep 2022

A consultation on plans to introduce an extra day of teacher training for schools has been launched.

The Welsh Government said the extra day Inset (introducing additional in-service training) would be used ‘to give the education profession more time to engage in professional learning to support the introduction of the new curriculum for Wales and other priorities that will have an impact in the classroom.

This would be in place for the next three academic years and if there was broad support for the proposals, the first additional INSET day would be in the summer term of the 2022 to 2023 academic year.

The Welsh Government said: ‘We recognize that this extra INSET day may cause difficulties for some parents or guardians, and that there may be concerns about the impact of losing an extra day of learning by the learners.

“However, we consider this approach to be essential to enable all practitioners to continue to develop their skills to support changes in the education system in Wales and to make a difference in classroom teaching and learning. longer term. .”

It is proposed that the professional learning provided during the INSET day will be “focused solely on the three priorities of rolling out the curriculum for Wales, reforming the NLA and ensuring fairness in education” and not on “professional learning related to other school priorities or mandatory professional learning (such as health and safety training).

Speaking at the launch of the consultation, Jeremy Miles, Welsh Minister for Education and Language, said: “Research and inspection data reveal that the single most important influence on learner success at within the education system is the quality of teaching and learning.

“It is therefore important to ensure that teachers are supported to consider how the curriculum and other education reforms will impact learner outcomes.

“The consultation indicates that the proposed additional INSET day would specifically aim to support the profession with changes aligned with the roll-out of the curriculum for Wales and other national priorities, such as the reform of additional learning needs (ALN) and equity in education. .

“The consultation will run until October 28, 2022 and I encourage anyone with an interest in the education sector, including practitioners, parents/guardians and learners, to get involved and respond to the consultation.”

You can take part in the Welsh Government consultation here.

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