Voice Official Response: EWC Draft Strategic Plan 2018-2021 Public Consultation
Background: This consultation sought the views of stakeholders on EWC's draft strategic plan, which covers the three year period from April 2018 to March 2021.
Summary: In principle, we are in agreement with all four objectives, with the following caveats.
- There is a distinction to be drawn between professional standards (Objective 1) and promoting professionalism (Objective 2);
- Responsibility implies that the EWC would need to police practitioners’ adherence to the new teachers’ and leaders’ professional standards (and the teaching assistants’ professional standards once implemented), possibly by incorporating those standards into the EWC Code of Professional Conduct. This would be wrong; a code of conduct regulates professional behaviour whereas professional standards assist each practitioner in developing his or her practice beyond a basic benchmark.
- It is important to make a distinction between misconduct and incompetence.
The EWC may want to consider whether it:
- should increase effective communication with registrants so that registrants are more aware of the EWC’s activities.Therefore, in addition to merely including registrants within Objectives 3.2 and 3.3, it might further be preferable to have a separate sub-objective within Objective 3 specifically for registrants; and
- could provide more and better services for registrants as part of Objective 2.