The Welsh Government sets the desired national intake for recruiting students onto primary and secondary initial teacher education (ITE) programmes in Wales. This takes account of estimated demand for new teachers in Wales. Welsh Government expects that ITE partnerships work towards an intake of 30% of students preparing to teach through the medium of Welsh, and 5% of students from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background.
Using the overall desired national intake for primary and secondary ITE programmes, the EWC provides allocations to each ITE Partnership.
As well as distinguishing between allocations for primary and secondary ITE programmes, allocations are further divided into undergraduate and PGCE numbers. Within secondary allocations, there are specific allocations for each subject pathway.
We take the following in to account:
- the likelihood of the programme being able to attract sufficient high quality students to meet its allocated numbers
- the sustainability of the programme
- the policy and priorities of Welsh Government
- the national desired intake and regional demand analysis
- consideration of recruitment data for partnerships
- cohort size to enable viability and to protect the student experience