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All programmes of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Wales which commence from September 2019 must first be accredited by the Education Workforce Council (EWC), through its ITE Accreditation Board.

The process for Partnerships to prepare and submit programmes to the EWC formally opened in March 2017.

Documents to be used in preparing and submitting a programme for accreditation

Any Partnership wishing to submit a programme for accreditation must refer to the following documents:

It is important that you read carefully each of the above documents and follow the instructions in the document “ Submitting a programme of ITE to the EWC for accreditation ” when submitting a programme.


Action Date
Partnership to submit programme to EWC for accreditation against accreditation criteria By 1 December 2017
EWC Accreditation Board to assess programmes By 30 June 2018
EWC to inform Partnerships of decision and provide an initial indication of funded numbers for a programme for 2019-20 By 30 June 2018
Partnership to commence marketing of their programme to prospective student teachers From 1 July 2018
EWC to confirm funded numbers for a programme for 2019-20 By 1 September 2018
Partnership to commence delivery of new programme From 1 September 2019

Further information

Here’s a Q&A session with Professor John Furlong on the new procedures for initial teacher education (ITE) in Wales.

Contact: ITE Accreditation Team, EWC
Address: 9th Floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB
Telephone: 029 2046 0099
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