Accrediting initial teacher training (ITT) providers in
Higher education (HE) institutions providing initial teacher training (ITT) for school teachers in Wales are required to obtain accreditation in order to run ITT courses which allow their students to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Under the Education (School Teachers’ Qualifications) (Wales) Regulations 2004, HEFCW may accredit HE institutions as providers of ITT.
HEFCW can only accredit institutions which satisfy criteria specified by the Welsh Government.
So that we can fulfil these responsibilities, we have in place procedures for the accreditation of ITT providers. In 2008 we published a major revision of our procedures (see circular W08/17HE). There have been further developments related to ITT since 2008 and we have updated our procedures to reflect these.The revised procedures are effective from the 2011/12 academic year and supersede all previous procedures. They cover:
- The accreditation of new providers
- Confirming compliance by existing accredited providers
- Addressing non-compliance and the withdrawal of accreditation
The procedures are based on current Welsh Government requirements and the arrangements of the Office Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (Estyn) for inspecting ITT providers. We will continue to revise the procedures from time to time as required. In between such revisions, it should be assumed that the latest Welsh Government or Estyn requirements apply unless indicated otherwise.