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Changes in Teacher Training in Wales to Improve Standards

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In a mission to drive up standards, the education secretary has announced changes to teacher training in Wales, with these ‘radical moves’ set to attract the very best talent to Welsh schools.

With teacher training in Wales recently criticised by education watchdog, Etsyn, many organisations will now work in coalition to strengthen training programmes.

Kirsty Williams, the Education Secretary, said new rules would strengthen links between universities and schools, making teaching a first choice profession.

Gareth Evans, executive director of education at the University of Wales Trinity St David, said the move would make teachers “active researchers”. Changing the way in which trainees learn, he says a whole new curriculum is on its way.

“It is a recognition of the fact that we need new teachers who are research engaged, who are adapt at driving our brand new curriculum,” he said.

He added:

“You will have teachers who are constantly reflecting on their own practice, who want to get better, who are open to new ideas and innovations, and are research engaged.

“It’s a very radical move, but one for the better.”

Announcing these rules on Wednesday, the Liberal Democrat AM, said in order to attract the very best talent Wales had to get its teacher training offer right.

“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,” said Ms Williams.

“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.”

Largely welcomed by various governing bodies, these updates are set to be actioned by 2021.