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The future of initial teacher education accreditation

From September 2019, all initial teacher education (ITE) programmes in Wales will need to be accredited by the EWC. This new function will be carried out by the EWC’s ITE accreditation board.

Teaching Tomorrow’s teachers recommended the development of a very different approach for accrediting programmes of ITE in Wales and the Welsh Government’s document Criteria for the accreditation of initial teacher education programmes in Wales recognises the value and the difference a truly collaborative ITE system can make when universities and schools work in genuine partnership.

The process formally opened in March 2017.

When are the deadlines?

1 December 2017 - partnerships submit their programmes to EWC for accreditation against the criteria.

By 30 June 2018 - EWC Accreditation Board assess programmes.

By 30 June 2018 - EWC informs partnerships of decision and provides an initial indication of funded numbers for a programme for 2019-20.

By 1 September 2018 - EWC confirms funded numbers for a programme for 2019-20.

From 1 September 2019 – New accredited programmes to commence.

Further Information

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

Blog: John Furlong - 'Teaching Tomorrow's Teachers'

Richard Parsons, a board member of EWC's initial teacher education board explains how accreditation can increase the numbers of Welsh-medium teachers.


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