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Education minister Jane Davidson commented on the latest figures released on Teachers In Service and Teacher Vacanc...
Education minister Jane Davidson commented on the latest figures released on Teachers In Service and Teacher Vacancies: 'The latest statistical data is encouraging. The number of full-time equivalent teachers in maintained schools in Wales this January compared to the year before rose by 360, an increase of 1.3%, to almost 27,700.

'At the same time, teacher vacancies rose only slightly by just 9 posts to 108 across the whole of Wales. The teaching vacancy remains at 0.4% overall (compared to 1.2% in England) with the proportion of vacancies to full time equivalent teachers actually falling slightly.

'We must continue our efforts to improve the standing of the profession, to make it a more attractive career, and to aim to recruit more and better graduates, assisted by financial incentives for teacher training, as part of our drive to raise standards.

'One of the key themes of the Learning Country is support for practitioners. The Welsh assembly government is committed to ensuring a confident teaching profession for Wales that is valued by society.

'Already we are well on the way to providing a distinctive 'made in Wales' approach to induction, to early and continuing professional development, to performance management and to training and support for leadership. We have produced positive proposals to reduce the demands on teachers, we are tackling pupil disaffection and we are supporting a free, confidential advice and support line for teachers in Wales which will help teachers deal with problems before they develop into issues that could damage their health.

'I want Wales to be an outstanding place in which to teach and develop professionally.'

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