University of Wales Trinity Saint David launches a new Professional Learning Partnership for teacher education


University of Wales Trinity Saint David is at the heart of exciting new plans to shape educational change in Wales through the creation of the Athrofa the Institute of Education. Its mission: Transforming Education, Transforming Lives in Wales will focus on ensuring that all children and young people benefit from excellent teaching that will be achieved through a new partnership – schools and the University working together.

Working in partnership with the profession, a new model of school-centred professional teacher education is being set up to drive standards, quality and innovation in schools and in doing so, will develop confident, reflective teachers in effective learning communities.

Over 90% of those who attended Monday’s event have signed up to the Professional Learning Partnership that will drive the most radical change in teacher education that has been seen in a lifetime.

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD, said a guiding coalition of professionals will lead systematic change and support a self-improving educational system.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to create a community that is learning together, to contribute to the establishment of an education system that will nurture teachers as reflective, enquiring individuals, who can engage in and shape educational change in Wales,” he said.

“We need a complete radical change in how we train and prepare our teachers of the future. By working in close partnership we can develop new areas of research and training excellence to achieve this aim.”

The plans were unveiled to head teachers and representatives from schools across Wales at an event at Swansea’s Marriott Hotel on Monday, May 16, hosted by Professor Dylan E Jones, Director of the Athrofa.

Professor Dylan E Jones said: “UWTSD is committed to making its own ideas and vision available to transform education in Wales. By working in partnership and through research, we can create a more dynamic way to work together and share knowledge. We are already working with key partners such as Harvard, Stanford and Glasgow Universities.”

Dr Jane Waters added: “Our aim is to transform initial teacher education and bridge the different forms of learning that take place in schools and in the University. We want our students to challenge and question their learning in order to be effective, reflective practitioners in a school setting.”

Monday’s event showcased two of ten innovative projects, developed with ERW, the local regional consortium. One focussed on the work of PGCE students placed in five Welsh medium schools, meeting on a weekly basis for a highly successful professional learning programme.

The second, based in two primary schools, involved UWTSD and school staff working together as a network to ‘prepare and propel’ students, mentors and link tutors to work in new ways. The Professional Learning Partnership will build on the successes of these projects.

Substantial progress has been made in delivering the UWTSD Educational Pledge that will help deliver the strategic priorities of the Welsh Government. This Professional Learning Partnership is one of the foundation stones.

UWTSD will be announcing further developments with the regards to the Athrofa/Institute of Education in the coming months.

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