April update for Wales

Get your April updates from our Regional Officer for Wales.

By Elizabeth Williams, Senior Professional Officer (Wales)

We are nearly able to open our Easter eggs! The end of this term is finally here! Whatever you are doing during the Easter holidays, I hope that you can relax during some fine weather. For those of our members who work through Easter, I hope you make the most of the long Easter weekend. Don’t forget to contact me over Easter if there is anything you want to tell me about, either about something going on for you or in your workplace, or about any item I’ve referred to below.

NEW THIS MONTH

Teachers’ Pay 2019/20:  Next steps

We have submitted our written evidence on teachers’ pay to the Independent Welsh Pay Review Board (IWPRB) in addition to a joint statement submitted by the education unions (except the NASUWT). Click here to see our evidence.

Deborah Lawson, Voice General Secretary, Deborah Simpson, Voice Director Pay, Pensions and Workforce and I will be appearing to give oral evidence to the IWPRB in Cardiff on 1 May. In the meantime, Deborah Simpson and I will be taking part in the remit discussions at the next stakeholder forum meeting on 12 April for teachers’ pay and conditions in 2020/21.

Curriculum Development Timeline

We are waiting on tenterhooks for the draft curriculum for Wales, which will be made available on 30 April. The Welsh Government has recently published a timeline over four phases for development of the curriculum:

Phase 1  Present to 30 April 2019: Briefing of key stakeholders (including Voice).  I will inform you of anything that I learn over the next few weeks.

Phase 2  30 April 2019: Launch of draft curriculum for Wales 2022, which will be able to be accessed via Hwb.  (Just to be clear, this will the next step in the curriculum design rather than the final version of the curriculum.)

Phase 3 May – 19 July 2019: Feedback phase:  opportunities to provide comments and questions.  Please do tell me what you think and I can relay Voice members’ comments, questions and concerns directly to the Minister for Education and the Welsh Government.

Phase 4 What happens next: Analysis of the feedback and refinement of the curriculum design.

January 2020: Publication of refined Curriculum for Wales 2022 and assessment following feedback.

Childcare Training Expanded

The second phase of a government-funded scheme giving participants the chance to trial a career in childcare has recently been launched

The Childcare Works project will be delivered by the National Day Nurseries Association Cymru and will train 84 people aged 25 or over, providing them with supported placements in nursery for 16 weeks, in 10 local authority areas. The project will run until December 2020. 

The areas are: Conwy, Wrexham, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Cardiff, Caerphilly, Newport, Torfaen, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

NDNA Cymru is seeking applicants who are currently not in employment or education and who are interested in taking part in the project.

If you have friends who may be interested, encourage them to take a look at the project here and suggest that they join Voice to support them through their training and career development! If you have any colleagues who are interested in joining Voice, click here to request information which you can give to them.

Wales Executive Committee (WEC)

WEC meeting venues move around Wales to enable local members to attend. Would you be interested in attending a WEC meeting in Cardiff? We would be delighted to welcome you and would be very interested to hear your views. Expenses and refreshments will be provided. Please let me know if this is something that would interest you. My contact details are below.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 13 May at 4.00pm in Cardiff at Community Cardiff, 20 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 1LJ.


Elizabeth Williams 

Senior Professional Officer (Wales)

01332 378 029 / 07972 482931 

elizabethwilliams@voicetheunion.org.uk  

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