ITETInitial Teacher Education and Training
ITETInnovative Teaching and Educational Technology (University of New South Wales; Sydney, Australia)
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To progress this, we will be holding listening and learning summits in December and January and I expect those ITET providers committed to delivering provision in the future to attend.
We need to ensure our ITET providers are learning from the very best, which is why the summits will include presentations from experts at Oxford, Glasgow, Warwick and Shef-ffield Hallam universities.
As part of its work to reform ITET provision, the Welsh Government has already established a task and finish group, led by Professor John Furlong, to develop new statutory accreditation requirements for providers.
The requirements will be available next spring to inform consultation and the minister has called on ITET providers committed to reform to engage in the design of new courses at an early stage to enable programmes to be validated and accredited for delivery from September 2018.
ITET is provided by the three collaborative regional ITT centres of teacher education, and the Open University in Wales, which operates independently to provide flexible ITET provision.
For the most part, ITET is provided through three collaborative hubs - the North and Mid Wales Centre (NMWCTET), led by Bangor and Aberystwyth universities; the South-East Wales Centre (SEWCTET), led by Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales (USW); and the South-West Wales Centre (SWWCTE), led by the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.
The minister has made it more than plain to the vice-chancellors and all the ITET providers that they need to think again and step up to the plate," she said.
We need an ITET sector that can act as a key driver in building workforce capacity, particularly as we prepare for the new curriculum for Wales.
I am meeting vice-chancellors in November, including those leading on current ITET, and will be clear that I am calling time on the current system of ITET in Wales and moving to a focused improvement plan, designed and delivered across the education system.
Prof Furlong, drawing upon evidence from the Tabberer report and Estyn, concludes that current ITET provision in Wales is no more than adequate and this does not provide the high-quality entrance into a teaching career required if we aspire to be like the high-performing education systems in the world, all of which have robust, university-based, ITET systems.
We see ITET institutions as a vital partner in this, not least in the part we hope the institutions will play in providing professional development and supporting research for serving teachers.
Through the Cynllun Colegau Cymru/Welsh Colleges Scheme, HEIs in Wales has worked closely and successfully with HEFCW and the Assembly in providing opportunities for primary ITET students to learn/develop their proficiency in Welsh, so as to meet the needs of second language primary schools in Wales.