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Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education

First published:
31 October 2016
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

The first National Education Workforce Survey will be launched on 31st October. The survey, to be administered by the Education Workforce Council, provides a unique opportunity for the profession in Wales to reflect on their experiences and give their views on a range of issues which affect them.

Whilst education policies are discussed widely with a number of stakeholders there are a number of policy areas where there is currently little independent evidence as to the views of the education workforce on key issues. Surveys are regularly carried out by other organisations on issues such as workload however the full data is often on an England and Wales basis and the full underlying data is not published.

This pilot survey will provide an important and timely opportunity to engage with the profession and to gauge their opinion against a number of key areas. It will provide a useful resource to inform policy development in relation to building capacity in schools and to inform the development and implementation of Successful Futures.

A series of online surveys have been developed covering teachers and support workers in both school and further education settings, as well as supply workers. The survey will cover a range of key areas including professional development, performance management and workload. The results from this survey will help to inform the implementation and monitoring of workforce related policies. It will provide a baseline for future surveys and will enable us to measure how Wales is improving in its effectiveness in moving its education reform agenda forward.

The survey demonstrates the value we place on our education workforce and our commitment to ensuring that they are at the heart of developments on matters which affect them. I want to ensure that they have the support they need and are able to learn from each other, continuously improving to help deliver a world class education for Wales.National Education Workforce Survey for Wales

The survey is available at