SWW Centre of Teacher Education

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Teacher Education is a new, forward-looking and ambitious faculty that will build on the long and highly respected tradition of providing high quality teacher education and training at Carmarthen and Swansea, spanning three centuries.

95% of UWTSD students at the South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching – NSS 2016.

Teacher Education brings together the very best practices at both founding institutions and will build on the early successes of the South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education (SWWCTE).

Teacher Education brings together the very best practices at both founding institutions and will build on the early successes of the South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education (SWWCTE). This Centre, which was established as one of three regional centres across Wales, following the Furlong Review of teacher education in 2006, was formally launched in July 2011 and has, as its primary aim, the training of high quality Newly-Qualified Teachers (NQTs) for primary and secondary schools in Wales and beyond.

The three main initial teacher education and training (ITET) programmes offered within the Faculty are the three year BA Primary Education with QTS programme, delivered in Carmarthen, and the one year PGCE Primary Education and PGCE Secondary Education programmes, both of which are delivered on the Townhill campus in Swansea. These three programmes are delivered in partnership with over five hundred partner schools located across South, Mid and West Wales.  To find out more about our PGCE courses and what is involved in Intital Teacher Training (ITT) visit our PGCE pages. 

The Faculty is also the home of the only Teach First programme in Wales – a graduate programme focused on improving the educational achievement of pupils from some of Wales’ most disadvantaged areas. The contract with Teach First and the Welsh Government will initially run for three years from 2013/14 and recruit in the region of 150 trainee teachers onto the programme.

Altogether, some 750 trainees are currently trained to become teachers on the University’s Swansea and Carmarthen campuses.

A notable strength of the Faculty is its ability to deliver most of its ITET provision through the medium of both English and Welsh, and it will strive to further increase its Welsh medium output in future years in support of the Welsh Government’s agenda for creating a bilingual Wales.

We also provide – through its highly regarded Centre for Professional Learning and Development - an extensive range of professional development and research opportunities for newly qualified and serving teachers. Some 600 students are currently enrolled on programmes such as the Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas in Professional Development delivered at both Carmarthen and Swansea, the MA Education programme and MRes, M.Phil and Ph.D degrees as well as the PGCE/PCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) and MA Professional Development, Education and Training programmes, all of which are delivered at Swansea.    

Teacher Education is an agile, fleet of foot, politically astute and future-oriented faculty that is built on strong foundations. By bringing together the reputable strengths of staff at Swansea and Carmarthen, together with the best training and mentoring available in schools, the Faculty clearly has a key role to play in supporting and implementing a range of Welsh Government policies aimed at improving the effectiveness of primary and secondary education across Wales.