Wales opens register for support staff

School technicians and learning coaches who support teachers in Wales are now listed on a national register.

Wales has become the first UK nation to include learning support workers in schools and further education colleges on its national register of education practitioners.

The Education Workforce Council says the move is “recognition of the important yet often undervalued work” of learning support workers and “the integral role they play in Wales’ education system”.

There are currently more than 28,000 learning support workers in Wales, whose occupations vary from teaching assistants to technicians and learning coaches. They join the 43,000 school and further education teachers already on the register, and have to pay an annual registration fee, which has been set at £15 by the Welsh government for 2016/17.

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