Schools will have much more freedom to develop school-level curriculum under the new national curriculum. All practitioners will be encouraged to re-visit and refresh their skills to help bring it to life successfully for pupils.
This animation describes the new National Approach to Professional Learning that has been created to support practitioners’ development.
Moreover the Education Secretary has announced significant funding to support the activity, with £9 million in this financial year, increasing to £15 million next financial year. It is the single biggest investment in support for teachers in Wales since devolution.
A Welsh Government press notice adds:
‘The funding will give schools the time and resources they need to plan ahead for the new curriculum and ensure that changes are made in a way that will prioritise the wellbeing of teachers and minimise disruption to pupils’ learning. The funding will also help ensure that there is cover for staff to be released for professional learning.
Under the NAPL, Professional Learning will be an entitlement for all practitioners in schools, not just teachers.
Schools will also be encouraged to create, share and exploit learning opportunities with other schools and organisations as they work together in clusters.
One of the most striking features of the NAPL will be an entirely new approach to how teachers learn. A much more accessible blend of learning will be available through Wales’ regions and universities. This will encompass learning outside the classroom, online learning, classroom learning and coaching.’