24 January 2018

UCAC calls for increased training for the education workforce

In response to the publication of Estyn’s Annual Report today, UCAC teaching union has called for an increase in the number of training days for teachers, headteachers and teaching assistants.

Elaine Edwards, UCAC’s General Secretary said “One of the key themes throughout Estyn’s annual report is the need for thorough, high quality training for the whole workforce.

“The Chief Inspector has made it absolutely clear in his report that lack of training and appropriate support are largely responsible for inconsistencies across the system, including in the Foundation Phase, and in relation to literacy, numeracy and ICT.

“If we are to achieve a consistently high standard of education across Wales, and since we are the in process of introducing fundamental changes to the curriculum, we must ensure that we train our teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders to ensure the requisite levels of expertise and confidence.

“UCAC is calling on the Welsh Government to increase the number of annual INSET days from the current 5, during the period leading up to the introduction of the new curriculum and assessment arrangements. This is the only way to ensure the levels of professional development required for successful implementation of the Government’s ambitious vision.”

Notes

  • UCAC is Wales’s own education union. It represents teachers, headteachers and lecturers in all education sectors across Wales.

For further information please contact:

  • Rebecca Williams: 07787 572180 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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