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Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language

First published:
21 March 2023
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I am grateful to all the individuals and organisations who took the time to respond to our second consultation on proposals to amend the Education Workforce Council (EWC) registration requirements. Today I am pleased to publish a summary of those responses.

This second consultation provided an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the draft statutory instrument and our analysis of the potential impacts of our proposals. The consultation closed on 17 February and 29 responses were received.

There was broad support for the new legislation which will address inconsistencies in the current requirements and require additional groups to register with the EWC, such as staff in independent schools, and paid, qualified youth workers and youth support workers. The work to strengthen regulations that will increase safeguards to protect children in independent schools and continue to professionalise the youth work workforce also continues at pace.

Our proposals therefore will proceed largely unchanged and, where concerns were raised or clarification was requested, these have been addressed in the summary of responses published today.

The new legislation will be brought forward later in the spring.