Initial teacher training (ITT) reconfiguration
In 2005 the Welsh Government commissioned a review of ITT in Wales to advise on how it might more effectively meet the current and likely future needs of schools in Wales.
The Review was led by Professor John Furlong of the Oxford University Department of Educational Studies. The review report (the Furlong Report) was published in January 2006.
The overall conclusions of the report were that there needed to be a reduction in ITT intakes to match more closely the numbers of newly-qualified teachers required in Wales. It also recommended that ITT provision should be reconfigured into three main regionally-based schools of education.
The Welsh Government accepted the need to reduce intake targets and recognised that this would involve fewer ITT providers in future. The Welsh Government asked HEFCW in May 2006 to work with the higher education (HE) sector and to submit advice on a plan for reconfiguring ITT.From 2006 to 2008, we worked closely with the HE sector and the Welsh Government on plans for reconfiguration. There are now three Centres of Teacher Education formed from partnerships between universities:
- South-East Wales Centre (from 2009/10) - Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of Wales, Newport (now called the University of South Wales)
- South-West Wales Centre (from 2009/10) - Swansea Metropolitan and University of Wales Trinity Saint David
- North and Mid Wales Centre (from 2010/11) - Aberystwyth University and Bangor University
ITT provision at Glyndŵr University was phased out. The Open University in Wales continues to offer its flexible part-time secondary PGCE course.
Although ITT intakes have been reduced, the universities concerned kept the funded numbers, and associated funding, to use for other education-related courses to help meet Welsh Government education workforce priorities.