Teacher training plans become a legal duty for schools

Schools will have to develop training plans for all their teachers

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Schools in Wales will have a legal duty to explain how they will train their teachers, ministers have announced.

Education minister Huw Lewis said he wanted teachers to have access to top quality training as part of a 'new deal' for the profession.

In April a major review of the school system warned the Welsh government did not do enough to support teachers.

Opposition parties questioned whether the plan was sufficient and accused Mr Lewis of not providing enough details.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report praised "positive" learning conditions but found many weaknesses.

The Welsh government, it said, lacked a long-term vision for education and did not do enough to support teachers.

On Tuesday, Mr Lewis said schools would have to produce plans for teachers training from the autumn, and if they were not good enough this would be reflected in inspection reports.

He told BBC Wales it had "long been the call" of teachers to raise the profession's status.

"This, of course, has implications for the people that might want to join teaching as a profession, as something that they see as prestigious, as valued in our communities.

"And I think this will go a long way, if we can work together as a social partnership - government, employers and teachers together - we can work towards getting that kind of esteem that has been long wished for by the profession," he added.

Huw Lewis in the Senedd Huw Lewis will have been Welsh education minister for a year later this month

The Liberal Democrats said there had been "no indication" as to how the "new model" was different from previous plans, or how it would work in practice.

Their education spokesman Aled Roberts asked how many "new deals" there had there been before.

He said he wanted reassurances that teachers were "fully on board and involved" with the plans.

Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas told AMs Mr Lewis's message had been heard before and "we've been hearing it regularly over a period of three years".

He argued there still wasn't "clarity as to what steps the minister is going to take to actually achieve all the things that he wants to see implemented".

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