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The Education Workforce Council (EWC) is the independent regulator for the education workforce in Wales, covering teachers and learning support staff in school and further education settings, qualified youth/youth support workers and work-based learning practitioners.
The EWC was established by the Education (Wales) Act 2014. Under the Act, the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) was reconfigured and renamed to become the Education Workforce Council (EWC). The EWC came into being on 1 April 2015.
The principle aims and main functions of the Council
The principal aims of Council are to:
- contribute to improving the standards of teaching and the quality of learning in Wales
- maintain and improve standards of professional conduct amongst teachers and persons who support teaching and learning in Wales
- safeguard the interests of learners, parents and the public and maintain public trust and confidence in the education workforce
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The accreditation process
The following outlines our internal process for accrediting ITE programmes.
Step 1: Desktop assessment
The Accreditation Committee, both individually and collectively, conducts an initial review of the application.
Step 2: Site visits
The site visits provide an opportunity for the Committee to:
- speak to staff associated with the programme
- tour the partnership facilities (HEI and partner schools)
- review documentation associated with the programme
Step 3: Programme accreditation meeting
The programme accreditation meeting gives the Accreditation Committee the opportunity to identify additional evidence to support the claims made in the partnership’s application.
The meeting normally consists of two elements: presentations by the partnership team, followed by opportunities for professional dialogue between the team and the Committee.
The date of the meeting will be arranged as near as possible to the site visit.
Step 4: Notification of outcome
ITE Partnerships will receive a letter notifying them of the outcome of their assessment within 15 working days of the Committee’s decision.
For further information, read the guidance on submitting a programme .
Making changes to your programme
If a partnership wishes to make significant changes to an accredited programme it must notify us in writing. This should be done using the proforma major change to a programme of ITE proforma .
Find out more about making major changes to a programme .
Partnerships submitting a programme for accreditation, or that have accredited programmes which require a review or monitoring visit must pay the appropriate fee to us.
Read our accreditation fee policy .
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The EWC’s main functions are to:
- establish and maintain a Register of Education Practitioners
- maintain a Code of Professional Conduct and Practice for the education workforce
- investigate and hear allegations of unacceptable professional conduct, serious professional incompetence or relevant criminal offences that might call into question a registered practitioner’s fitness to practise
- accredit programmes of initial teacher education and monitor their compliance with national criteria
- provide advice to the Welsh Government and others on matters related to the education workforce and teaching and learning
- monitor Induction and hear Induction appeals (where applicable) for teachers
- promote careers in the education workforce
- undertake specific work in relation to teaching and learning at the request of the Welsh Government.