Welsh education minister Huw Lewis has appointed an expert initial teacher training (ITT) adviser to help improve teaching standards.
Professor John Furlong was appointed to the position, the creation of which was recommended in Professor Ralph Tabberer's Review of ITT in Wales, published last year.
In the review, Professor Tabberer said an adviser should be appointed to work with ITT Centres, the Open University, employment-based teacher training providers and their partnership schools.
The new ITT adviser will be given the task of raising the standard, quality and consistency of teacher training and assessment in ITT across Wales.
Welsh education minister Huw Lewis said: "I know that [Professor Furlong] will take forward this role with a clear focus and a drive for improvement and excellence in teacher training and education."
He said the professor will be instrumental in forging links between policy makers and the education sector, working to create common goals and understandings that will raise standards in schools.
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