The Education Achievement Service (EAS) has today responded to the findings of a survey about the future of teaching in Wales.
The National Education Workforce Survey, carried out by the Education Workforce Council (EWC) on behalf of the Welsh Government, highlights a number of key challenges facing the profession, and will be used to inform the future direction of education services.
The EAS is an integrated service commissioned by the five local authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen to deliver school improvement services across the South East Wales region.
Responding to the survey findings, EAS Managing Director, Debbie Harteveld, said:
“Gaining a clear picture of the current challenges faced by our teaching staff is an important part in the process of modernising and improving the education service to ensure it is fit for the future. We recognise many of the challenges highlighted by staff as part of this survey, and indeed we are, as regional school improvement services, already providing a range of support and professional learning opportunities to help teachers in a number of key areas, including leadership, digital competence, tackling poverty and in support of specific subjects.
“In particular, the survey indicates an enormous willingness to engage in professional development, to try out innovative new teaching practices and learn more about curriculum reform. The positive work underway within and between schools on Successful Futures is a clear sign of positive progress in education in Wales.
“The survey indicates a potential issue with the retention of teachers and a concern about the workload of all school staff. Together with colleagues in teacher education, the regions recently launched a Discover Teaching campaign which aims to attract new people into the profession, and also to retain our skilled and talented workforce.
“The results of this survey will help inform our decisions about the future of teaching in Wales, and whilst it is not easy reading in parts it does highlight the enthusiasm and desire of our staff to provide quality teaching in Wales, and also how they are rewarded by seeing the progression of our learners.
“This report is valuable as we move forward.”