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Who we are, accreditation, registration and the Professional Learning Passport.

First published:
10 March 2017
Last updated:

The Education Workforce Council (EWC) is the independent regulator for the education workforce in Wales. The EWC’s principal aims are to contribute to improving the standards of teaching and the quality of learning in Wales, and to maintain and improve standards of professional conduct amongst teachers and persons who support teaching and learning in Wales.

Accreditation

Accreditation of ITE programmes is a quality assurance process. Under the Education Workforce Council (Accreditation of Initial Teacher Training) (Additional Functions) Order 2017, The EWC has a statutory responsibility to:

  • accredit programmes of Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
  • monitor compliance of accredited programmes against Welsh Government criteria
  • withdraw accreditation of programmes

All ITE programmes offered by partnerships in Wales are assessed, evaluated, and monitored against the Welsh Government’s criteria for the accreditation of ITE programmes in Wales. This is carried out by the EWC’s ITE Accreditation Board.

Registration

Once registered with the EWC you will be required to register and pay an annual registration fee to the EWC. The following individuals must register with the EWC:

  • school teacher
  • further education teacher
  • work-based learning practitioner
  • youth worker
  • school learning support worker (teaching assistants)
  • further education support worker
  • youth support worker

You may need to register in more than one category, depending on the work you do or intend to do, and some specific criteria. You will only have to pay one fee.

Further information can be found on our registration and fees page.

Professional Learning Passport (PLP)

The Professional Learning Passport is a fully bilingual and flexible online tool that is available to all EWC registrants.

Your PLP is packed with features that are designed to support you in capturing, reflecting upon, sharing and planning your learning with the ultimate aim of improving your practice.

Your PLP belongs to you: it is confidential and portable. As long as you’re registered with the EWC, you will have access to any content you have created in your PLP.