University of Wales Trinity Saint David unveils the team leading a new Professional Learning Partnership for teacher education


Today, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is announcing a new appointment to the team leading a new Professional Learning Partnership for teacher education.

UWTSD is delighted to announce Dr Jane Waters as Assistant Dean of Research and Knowledge Transfer. She joins Professor Dylan E. Jones, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Communities and Peter Rabbett, Professor of Educational Leadership, at the heart of exciting new plans to shape educational change in Wales through the creation of Yr Athrofa, the Institute of Education to be launched next month by Steve Davies, the Welsh Government’s Director 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.

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD, said: “I am pleased that Jane has accepted the post of Assistant Dean Research and Knowledge Transfer. The team’s combined experience on delivering educational system change will be of great value in achieving our ambition to make a leading contribution to the reform of the Welsh educational system and to make sure that our schools are at the heart of effective professional training and development.

“Our aim is 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.”

Dr Waters said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this post as UWTSD further aligns its activity towards meeting the needs of initial and continuing teachers in the 21st century in Wales, and beyond. I am looking forward to nurturing relationships with our partners to support relevant, applied research activity and meaningful knowledge transfer across a wide ranging network of professionals working within and around the education sector.”

Dr Waters was appointed to UWTSD in September 2011, as Director of Post-graduate Initial Teacher Education. She gained her doctorate in November 2011 and became Head of the South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education in August 2013. Previously a successful primary school teacher in London, she moved to Wales and undertook an MA in Education before leading a popular Early Childhood degree programme, prior to joining the University.

Dr Waters is Chair of the Welsh branch of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET); she sits on the national Curriculum Review Strategic Stakeholder Panel and is a member of the Welsh Government Task and Finish group for the Foundation Phase.  Dr Waters’ area of research expertise lies in Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Play and Learning and Adult-child Pedagogical Interaction in the Early Years. She is well published in this field, regularly speaks at national and international research conferences and recently co-edited a special issue of the international journal of Professional Development in Education.

Dr Waters will work closely with Professor Dylan E. Jones, who is also Director of Yr Athrofa and Peter Rabbett, Professor of Educational Leadership.

Professor Jones was formerly the head of Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg. His extensive background experience within the education profession both as a former head teacher and his recognition as a transformational leader is instrumental to his new role. He brings substantial experience and will be able to work with the teaching profession across Wales to create a guiding coalition of practitioners who can affect system change. Professor Jones was also Chair of the Welsh Government School Practitioner Panel under two ministers to advise and support in the development of education policy in Wales, and was a member of the Qualifications Wales Shadow Board.  He is an Estyn Inspector, leading and carrying out inspection work providing independent and objective judgements on the provision of education and training.

Professor Jones said: “We are looking forward to building up our research profile through this partnership. We are in the process of setting up a number of centres of research excellence to inform about professional learning developments in teacher education.”

Professor Rabbett also brings substantial experience of successful education systems and reform in the UK and across the world. He has worked with national and local government in the design and development of teacher education initiatives including support for newly qualified teachers, the development of the NPQH and for capital investment for schools. He has worked with some of the leading Universities internationally on improving education systems. He was associated with the DFES and NFER initiative on the Outstanding Schools Programme and has undertaken substantial work on educational system development and leadership overseas. 

Professor Rabbett said: “This is a fascinating time to be working in education in Wales.  The implementation of 'Successful Futures', 'Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers' and the Welsh Government strategy 'Qualified for Life’ open up unique opportunities for transforming education.  It is a gift to be working with a University and a partnership of schools dedicated to making a difference for children and young people. Transforming Education… Transforming Lives.”

UWTSD will be announcing further developments with the regards to the Athrofa/Institute of Education to be launched on Wednesday June 15 in City Hall Cardiff.

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