Initial Teacher Education
The Central South Consortium works in partnership with four Universities and with schools to improve the quality of initial teacher education in order to support our national mission towards a high-quality profession. 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.
Information and Guidance
Alternative Routes into Teaching - Open University in Wales
Information about ITE partnerships can be found on their websites
Cardiff Partnership for Initial Teacher Education
Open University ITE Partnership
Swansea University Schools’ Partnership
Yr Athrofa Professional Learning Partnership
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
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
Further Reading and Research
ITE Accreditation 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 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