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Welsh govt outlines major changes to ITT

24/06/2015 Kelly
Education minister Huw Lewis has set out plans for the radical transformation of initial teacher training (ITT) in Wales.

Professional teaching standards are to be revised, while the quality of initial teacher training courses will be improved by overhauling the teaching qualification and accreditation process.

The radical plan will help to prepare a 'new generation of professionals' with the skills necessary to implement the major changes to the curriculum that are being made in response to the Donaldson review.

ITT is being overhauled in response to Professor John Furlong's report, 'Teaching Tomorrow's Teachers', which examined the measures that would be necessary to create a Welsh system able to compete with the best in the world.

Mr Lewis confirmed the commissioning of an internal reference group to engage with the profession, create a vision for the future and build revised professional standards to develop and support practice for the future.  

Meanwhile, Professor Furlong has been asked to chair a task group that will ensure training providers meet the highest delivery standards before their courses can be accredited.  

A targeted trainee scholarship programme is also under consideration. This would support teacher recruitment in science, technology, education and maths subjects, digital competency, literacy and numeracy. 

Undergraduate provision for primary trainee teachers could be extended to four years, with the possibility of a master's element and enhanced subject knowledge relevant to primary teaching.

Finally, the Welsh government will look at alternative routes into teaching and review the graduate teaching programme to ensure it delivers a flexible training route geared to meet demand in areas and subjects where recruitment is difficult.

Mr Lewis said: "We will need to prepare a new generation of professionals equipped with the qualifications, skills and resilience needed to deliver our reform agenda and build a sustainable self-improving education system fit for the future.

"This is going to be a unique departure for the profession in Wales and will require reflective practitioners who have the career-long appetite for improving and updating practice."

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