TEACHERS and other education workers in Wales are not prepared for the introduction of a new Welsh curriculum, a report has said.

The report by the Welsh Assembly's Children, Young People and Education Committee, which is led by Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle, found many teachers were not aware of oncoming changes, and only a small number felt well-prepared.

The committee has said the Welsh Government should act urgently to mitigate this in order to ensure the new curriculum is a success.

Ms Neagle said: “Ongoing professional development of genuine quality is vital to deliver on the changing demands on the teaching profession. Recent actions by the cabinet secretary for education, including launching the new professional standards for teaching and leadership and delaying the rollout of the new curriculum to 2022, are to be broadly welcomed, but more needs to be done to address the issues highlighted during our inquiry.

"The evidence we received suggests that the current workforce do not feel prepared for the implementation of the new curriculum and, as such, urgent action is required by the Welsh Government to rectify this.

"We believe that our recommendations will help ensure that teachers are better equipped to deal with the challenges which are on the horizon.

"Above all, is the need to ensure that the quality of teaching in Wales is of the highest order, and continues to be in the future.

View the report at assembly.wales