Training for teachers in Wales is ‘chaotic’, says Huw Lewis

The BBC is reporting claims from education minister Huw Lewis that the training system for teachers in Wales is “chaotic” and needs “order”…

He told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales programme teachers must “step up to the challenge” of changes to their training and professional development.

Mr Lewis also pledged new Wales-only GCSEs, due to start next year, would be “robust” and “tough”.

Since September, schools have had a legal duty to explain how they meet staff professional development needs.

It is part of a “new deal” on teacher training, launched earlier this year, and follows concerns raised by the international think tank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Mr Lewis told the programme: “… it’s quite often difficult for a teacher in a very busy school environment to be able to steer themselves in terms of career development through what is a maze of multiple courses on offer.

“It’s very difficult to know where to turn to next if you’re aiming for that promotion to be head of department, for instance.

“I want to bring order to that chaos and work alongside the professionals to make sure that we do have a career path that a teacher first of all understands, that is available to every teacher and that they can navigate…”

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