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New teacher training changes to attract the best to the profession – Kirsty Williams
New rules for the courses that train teachers in Wales are part of the drive to attract the best talent to the profession, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced yesterday (Weds 15th March).
The Welsh Government has revealed changes for initial teacher education (ITE) that include strengthening how schools and universities work together and increasing the role of research.
The latest accreditation criteria are part of the Welsh Government’s national mission to reform education and include:
- An increased role for schools.
- A clearer role for universities.
- Structured opportunities to link school and university learning.
- A greater emphasis on research.
The changes come after the recently published new professional teaching and leadership standards.
Kirsty Williams said:
“I want teaching in Wales to be a first choice profession so that we can attract the very best. For this to happen, we must get our initial teacher education offer right.
“The new accreditation standards are part of our national mission to raise the standards and standing of the profession.
“The teaching profession can only make its proper contribution to raising standards of education in our schools if our initial teacher training offers our future teachers the skills, knowledge and appetite to lead the change required.
“This is about our schools and universities working together, using the best research available, so our teachers have the right skills to deliver our new curriculum for the benefit of all our pupils.”
The Education Secretary also announced that the Education Workforce Council (EWC), through the establishment of the Initial School Teacher Training Committee (the Board) will accredit individual ITE programmes.
“I am delighted to announce that the public appointment process for the Chair, and Deputy Chair, of the EWC ‘Board’ is now open. The establishment of the Board will enable more specific consideration of how ITE programmes will raise the quality of provision – attracting the right people with the right qualifications and an aptitude for teaching, to enter the profession.”
The Education Secretary wants international evidence and best practice to help guide Wales’ education reforms. As of yesterday the OECD will be holding an international workshop in Cardiff to help further develop ITE in Wales.
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