At the heart of the Welsh education story is curriculum reform. The new curriculum will call on all practitioners to think afresh about what they teach, how they teach and about what we want young people to be as well as to learn. Leaders and teachers will be afforded higher levels of autonomy and agency in schools and classrooms, and with this will come the need to develop new skills and approaches.
The Welsh Government document Education in Wales: Our national mission sets out the Welsh Government’s priorities for the education system for the period to 2021. A national approach to professional learning (PL) will include teachers/practitioners, learning support and supply staff.
The expectation of this funding is to help schools meet the demands of the new National Approach to Professional Learning (NAPL) and enable investment in the elements of the model. For example, it enables investment in practitioners’ individual professional learning journeys and investment in collaboration.