Teacher's workload crisis must be tackled 'head-on' say Plaid Cymru as number of teacher trainees in Wales falls dramatically

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Number of students training to become teachers has fallen dramatically in Wales.

Responding to the recent statistics published by the Welsh Government which shows that the number of students training to become teachers has fallen dramatically in Wales Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru AM and shadow cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning said,

"Fundamentally, this problem will continue until the Welsh Government tackles the workload crisis within teaching.

A recent survey by the Education Workforce Council has highlighted how 90% of teachers say that they can't manage their workload within their agreed working hours. Estyn has also shown that teachers in Wales work on average fifty hours a week and the number of teaching days lost because of stress has more than doubled in recent years. With these kind of statistics, failing to recruit staff and a number of teacher trainees is not a surprise.

Plaid Cymru believes that the devolution of teacher's pay and conditions will offer an important opportunity to redress the balance between teaching time, preparation time and training time. Without using this opportunity to tackle the workload crisis head-on, the problem will continue to get worse. In the meantime, Plaid Cymru has outlined proposals for increasing the teaching workforce by developing bespoke training for teaching assistants. There are as many teaching assistant in Wales today as there are teachers. They have already chosen the classroom as their workplace and we know that around 3,000 of them are graduates therefore it makes perfect sense for us to offer them an opportunity to become fully qualified teachers. Even if only 10% of those teaching assistants choose to do so, it would still generate around 300 teachers for Wales."

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