AM backs new plan to give school support staff in Wales the skills and training they need

Vale of Clwyd AM and Chair of the Assembly’s Children and Young People Committee, Ann Jones, has welcomed a major new action plan launched by Education Minister Huw Lewis, aimed at giving school support staff in Wales the skills and training they need to deliver the Welsh Government’s ambitious school improvement agenda.

The action plan is designed to deliver a highly skilled workforce to support teaching and learning within schools. It makes a commitment to improving areas such as induction, performance management and training and development to help schools support staff in their career progression.

Mrs Jones said: “Teaching assistants and other support staff play critical roles in assisting the delivery of teaching and learning.

“Support staff are vital educational professionals and their ongoing professional development is as important as the ongoing development of our teachers.

“The new plan sets out a range of positive actions which will support not only their initial training but also their own professional development throughout their careers. This will further enhance their skills and expertise.

“The Welsh Labour Government has made a clear commitment to raise standards and performance across the board here in Wales, improving levels of literacy and numeracy while reducing the impact of poverty on attainment. I believe by giving our support staff the tools they need to succeed will contribute to improving outcomes for learners right across Wales”.

The action plan, which has been developed in partnership with key partners including unions and Welsh Local Government Association, includes a number of actions which will provide the Welsh Government’s solid foundations to meet the commitment to support staff within schools in Wales.