Professional standards

Information on professional standards that apply to practitioners in Wales.

This page contains information on professional standards for teachers, leaders, teaching assistants (TAs) and higher level teaching assistants (HLTA).

Professional standards describe the skills, knowledge and behaviours that characterise excellent practice and support professional growth.

Significant work has been undertaken to review and reset the professional standards for teachers and leaders and practitioners assisting teaching in schools.

Professional standards are intended to:

  • set clear expectations about effective practice during a practitioner’s career including, where applicable, entry to the profession
  • enable practitioners to reflect on their practice, individually and collectively, against nationally agreed standards of effective practice and affirm and celebrate their successes
  • support practitioners to identify areas for further professional development
  • form a backdrop to the performance management process.

The new Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership reflect practice that is consistent with the realisation of the new curriculum.

When individual practitioners are engaging in professional learning, they should be clear about how it supports their work in relation to the professional standards.

The new professional standards for teaching and leadership were published in September 2017 and NQTs commencing induction from that date are required to work to the new standards. NQTs who commenced their induction before this date will complete their induction using the same standards they started with. All other serving teachers and leaders moved to the new standards from September 2018.

The draft professional standards for assisting teaching in Wales have been available for use since September 2018 and formed the basis of a consultation that closed on 14 March 2019.

You can explore the new standards below. You can also access them via your Professional Learning Passport (PLP) on the Education Workforce Council (EWC) website (external link).


Teachers and leaders

    School support staff

    NQTs who started induction before September 2017

    All school practitioners

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    These professional standards are an important aspect of supporting all practitioners to actively engage in professional learning with the purpose of developing individual and collective expertise to make a collaborative, coherent, innovative and sustainable research-led impact on all learners.

    We would encourage employers to consider how they can use these professional standards to support and embed professional learning within their current professional development systems and processes.

    Practitioners share experiences of how they use the professional standards to develop their practice.

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