As of Sunday the 30th of September, the powers to determine the pay and conditions of teachers in Wales have been devolved from Westminster to the Welsh Government.
To mark the event, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has reiterated her commitment to set up a national model that will work with teachers and professional bodies within the education sector to create a system that is fair for all.
Earlier this year, the Education Secretary confirmed in a written statement that a new national model would be formed to determine teachers’ pay and conditions, bringing together employers, teachers unions, and the Welsh Government on an annual basis in a Partnership Forum.
Once formed, the new Partnership Forum will propose changes to pay and conditions and address any additional issues, before Welsh Ministers submit a ‘final’ remit for scrutiny by an independent expert body – the Welsh Pay Review Body – prior to taking any final decisions.
The Education Secretary said:
This is a truly historic moment for Wales. For the first time we will be able to determine teachers’ pay and conditions within Wales, giving us a fantastic opportunity to develop and elevate the status of the teaching profession.
The new national model will encourage co-operation, bringing unions, employers and Welsh Government together for an equal, practical and sustainable way forward – with the added benefit of all decisions being subject to advice and review from an independent expert body.
Implementing the new model will be an ongoing process, with many finer details to be considered to ensure that the model is run fairly and is fit for purpose to ensure that teachers are supported to be the best that they can be.