Independent Regulator
  • EWC
  • Cardiff
  • Cardiff
  • CF24 0AB
About us

The Education Workforce Council (EWC) is the independent regulator for the education workforce in Wales. We cover teachers and learning support staff in school and further education settings, qualified youth and youth support workers and work-based learning practitioners.

What we do

Our main functions are to:

  • establish and maintain a Register of Education Practitioners
  • maintain a Code of Professional Conduct and Practice for the education workforce
  • investigate and hear allegations of unacceptable professional conduct, serious professional incompetence or relevant criminal offences that might call into question a registered practitioner's fitness to practise
  • accredit programmes of initial teacher education and monitor their compliance with national criteria
  • provide advice to the Welsh Government and others on matters related to the education workforce and teaching and learning
  • monitor Induction and hear Induction appeals (where applicable) for teachers
  • promote careers in the education workforce
  • undertake specific work in relation to teaching and learning at the request of the Welsh Government.


Our Register of Education Practitioners includes over 80,000 practitioners across seven registration categories. Practitioners sometimes need to register in more than one category, depending on the work they do or intend to do.

If you need to register with us, you can apply online.

Fitness to Practise

Our fitness to practise staff and panel members are responsible for the regulatory work of the EWC. This covers discipline, suitability for registration and induction appeals.

Professional Learning Passport (PLP)

All our registrants have access to a free Professional Learning Passport (PLP), an e-portfolio designed to help them improve their practice by capturing, reflecting upon and sharing their learning.  

The professional standards for all EWC registrant groups can be found within the PLP. Interactive tools featured in the PLP allow registrants to map evidence, and self-assess their progress in the context of their professional standards.

If you want to get started with your PLP,  read our short guide to help you set up your online account.

Professional learning events

We host several free professional learning events for our registrants throughout the year. This includes our popular annual lecture, Professional Learning. Previous speakers have included Professor Andy Hargreaves, Professor Pak Tee Ng and Dr Carol Campbell.

The Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales

The Quality Mark is a unique tool for self-assessment, planning improvement and gaining a quality mark for youth work. It supports and recognises improving standards in the provision, practice and performance of organisations that deliver youth work, demonstrating and celebrating the excellence of their work with young people.

If your organisation is interested in getting involved in the Quality Mark, please register your interest via our online form.

Get to know us and our work

We often deliver training and workshops to our registrant groups and stakeholders like school governors, training institutions and regional education consortia. This can take place in person or online.

We cover a range of topics related to our work, such as:

  • the EWC Code of Professional Conduct and Practice
  • using social media responsibly
  • professional responsibilities and ethics
  • the Professional Learning Passport

We can also participate in conference keynotes, panel sessions and attend your event’s marketplace.

To arrange a presentation for your organisation, please complete our online form.

Discover more about us at www.ewc.wales