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Report calls for Welsh ITT reforms

12/03/2015 Kelly
Welsh education minister Huw Lewis has welcomed a report calling for reforms to initial teacher training (ITT).

'Teaching Tomorrow's Teachers', produced by professor John Furlong, makes a number of recommendations aimed at raising standards in education and helping to realise Graham Donaldson's vision of a curriculum for Wales.

These include raising standards for new teachers, strengthening research capacity and establishing a revised accreditation process for ITT providers. 

It also calls for the creation of a Teacher Education Accreditation Board within the Education Workforce Council and the revision of Estyn Guidance so inspections include recognition of a school's contribution to ITT.

Professor Furlong recommends introducing four-year undergraduate primary ITT degrees where 50 per cent of a student's time is spent in a university department specialising in their main subject.

Mr Lewis said: "We must now move to consider the reform options and implementation methods in greater detail, and this is something that will require full engagement with the teacher training sector."

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