ITE reform in Wales
In his March 2015 reportTeaching Tomorrow’s Teachers, Professor John Furlong made a series of recommendations to the Welsh Government about the future of initial teacher education (ITE) in Wales. Under the Education Workforce Council (Accreditation of Initial Teacher Training) Additional Functions) Order 2017, EWC has a statutory responsibility to:
- accredit programmes of ITE
- monitor compliance of accredited programmes against Welsh Government criteria
- withdraw accreditation of programmes
As well as Professor Furlong’s report, a wide variety of research and reports helped shape the future vision of ITE Wales:
- A Review of Initial Teacher Training in Wales – Professor Ralph Tabberer, July 2013
- BERA-RSA. 2014. The role of research in teacher education: reviewing the evidence - British Educational Research Association
- Successful Futures - Professor Graham Donaldson, February 2015
- Qualified for life: A curriculum for Wales – a curriculum for life - Welsh Government, October 2015
Placing accountability on the professional body the Education Workforce Council (EWC) to accredit individual ITE programmes, now enables more specific consideration of how the programmes will raise the quality of provision and attract the right people with the right skills, qualifications and an aptitude for teaching to enter the profession. Estyn’s role in relation to ITE will continue with some modifications to current procedures. All ITE partnerships will be subject to a full inspection during the accreditation cycle as well as an annual visit and report to the EWC Board.
UCET 2019 Conference: Teacher Education in Wales – A Reform Journey
In November 2019 Professor John Furlong, alongside Dr Hazel Hagger (EWC), Elaine Sharpling (UWTSD), Rhonwen Morris (Ysgol y Preseli), and Leanne Prevell (Gelliswick Primary), delivered a presentation on the teacher education reform journey in Wales at the UCET 2019 Conference.
Professor John Furlong - Making Change Happen: The Reform of Initial Teacher Education in Wales