From Cradle to Career: Plaid Cymru announces education policies


Plaid Cymru has announced pioneering education policies to support students, teachers and higher education institutions in Wales.

1. Teachers Premium

2. Tuition Fees Policy


Plaid Cymru pledge ‘Teachers Premium’ to boost school standards

Plaid Cymru will offer a premium of up to 10% on the salaries of teachers who continue and maintain their professional development, the party’s Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas has announced today.

A Plaid Cymru government, if elected in May, would help teachers upskill in order to raise school standards and pupil attainment. Simon Thomas said that teachers who qualify to a Master’s level or equivalent, and maintain their skills level for two years, would be eligible for Plaid Cymru’s Teachers Premium.

Teaching assistants who gain a level 3 qualification or who reach an equivalent skills level will also qualify for a premium of up to 10% in addition to their pay.

Plaid Cymru is today announcing its “Cradle to Career” education package, which includes:

Education for all children from the age of three

A premium of up to 10% on top of their pay for teachers who qualify to a Master’s level in Educational Practice or equivalent, and maintain their skills level for two years

A learning bond whereby students who live and work in Wales within five years of graduating will have £6,000 of their loans written-off per year.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas said:

“Teaching is the most important factor in raising schools' standards and raising pupils’ attainment. That’s why Plaid Cymru wants to invest in our teachers, helping them remain on the cutting edge of best practice in order to drive up standards and raise attainment levels.

“A Plaid Cymru government, if elected in May, will offer teachers and teaching assistants a premium of up to 10% on their pay in return for developing additional skills. Plaid Cymru will reward upskilling and best practice, and will work with the sector to develop a system of accreditation, aiming for 25% of teachers to gain this premium.

“Plaid Cymru is serious about driving up standards in our education system, and about ensuring that our schools lay down a solid foundation for our economy. Our education system is only as good as our teachers, and good teachers are the key to raising standards and attainment. We want our teachers to be at the forefront of best practice, and we want our universities to be properly resourced in order to deliver the best quality teaching.

“For too long, teachers have suffered too much interference – Plaid Cymru wants to give teachers the skills and freedom to get on with the job of teaching, and giving our young people the best start in life.”

Commenting on Plaid Cymru’s “Cradle to Career” package, Simon Thomas said:

“Plaid Cymru will create a cradle to career education system, to support children from pre-school years every step of the way to employment.

“Education is the bedrock of a strong economy, and our plans are aimed at raising children’s attainment and delivering tangible economic benefits.

“By delivering free childcare to all children from the age of three we can help children achieve their potentials from the very early years, and also help parents return to work by saving them around £100 per week in childcare bills.

“We will help teachers stay at the cutting edge of best practice, and reward their expertise through a Teachers Premium.

“And Plaid Cymru’s Learning Bond will encourage our young people to study in universities or take up apprenticeships, and help them develop the skills they need to succeed and find high-quality and well-paid work.

“Plaid Cymru will focus our attention on raising attainment and driving up wages. Plaid Cymru is the change Wales needs.”


Plaid unveils plans for ‘Learning Bonds’ for graduates who work in Wales

The Party of Wales would write-off tuition fee debt to attract brightest and best

Students from Wales who decide to work in Wales after graduation will benefit from tuition fee debt write-off of up to £6,000 a year under plans unveiled by Plaid Cymru today.

Simon Thomas said that under Plaid Cymru’s Learning Bond, students would benefit from debt relief and the Welsh economy would benefit from attracting skilled workers into the labour market.

The policy features as part of Plaid Cymru’s plans for a “Cradle to Career” package of education policies.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas said:

“Plaid Cymru will pay off £6,000 of the tuition fee loans for each student from Wales that returns to Wales to work after graduation.

“The Party of Wales wants everyone to be able to study any subject and in any university they want to. But the current tuition fee policy means we give more money to universities outside Wales than we do inside Wales. This is unsustainable and Plaid Cymru believes that this is wrong. Our plans will enable students from Wales to study anywhere they want, and will ensure that the Welsh economy can benefit from the talent of Welsh students.

“Under Plaid Cymru’s plans, students from Wales who study a three-year degree will have £18,000 of their loans written off.

“We will work with the business community to create 50,000 new apprenticeships, so that we can make sure that people can learn the skills our economy needs, and respond to the demands of industry.

“Plaid Cymru will offer a package of education, skills and training for people from cradle to career. We will work to help children’s attainment from their early years education, raise attainment by helping teachers be the best they can be, and by opening doors for students to study anywhere they want to.”

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