Initial Teacher Education

Initial Teacher Education

The Central South Consortium works in partnership with five Universities and with schools to improve the quality of initial teacher education in order to support our national mission towards a high-quality profession.

Cardiff Partnership for Initial Teacher Education

Open University ITE Partnership

Swansea University Schools’ Partnership

Yr Athrofa Professional Learning Partnership

University of South Wales ITE Partnership

Student teachers achieve QTS within jointly accountable school/HEI partnerships that model the professional standards through enquiry-led practice.

The Graduate Teacher Programme is no longer available in Wales. The Open University in partnership with the consortia and the Welsh Government can offer two alternative routes into teaching – a salaried PGCE and a part time PGCE. Both routes include a combination of online and face-to-face sessions with mentors and practice tutors. They also include 120 days of practical experience across two schools. The ITE team works closely with the induction team at CSC to enable individuals to achieve a successful transition from ITE into work. This includes offering bridging support for student teachers’ career entry profile.

Welsh Government offers grants as an incentive to eligible graduates wishing to undertake a PGCE course in specified subjects. Information is available via the Teacher training incentive scheme

For further support and guidance, please see the Knowledge Bank of contact a member of the team.

Guidance for QTS Graduates: preparing to start induction. Your Professional Learning Strategy

10 Ways to Support Initial Teacher Education in Schools

ITE Partnerships: Working with Tomorrow’s Teachers

ITE Accreditation in Wales

Alternative Routes into Teaching - Open University in Wales

For further support and guidance please contact:

Sharne Watkins - Strategic Manager of HEI/School Partnerships: Sharne.Watkins@cscjes.org.uk

Mandy Esseen - Strategic Lead for ITE and Induction: Mandy.Esseen@cscjes.org.uk

Tim Fawell - Project Support Officer for ITE: Timothy.Fawell@cscjes.org.uk


Areas of professional learning

Equity and Wellbeing / Curriculum / Pedagogy / Welsh Language Development / Teaching Assistants / Induction / Governors / Leadership / Educational Visits / NQT Induction / Initial Teacher Education