Education charity partners with Cardiff Met and Bath Spa to train teachers for Welsh schools

Education charity partners with Cardiff Met and Bath Spa to train teachers for Welsh schools

Education charity Teach First Cymru has announced it will partner with Cardiff Metropolitan University, supported by Bath Spa University's Institute for Education, to deliver its innovative teacher training programme in Wales, placing around 25 teachers in Welsh schools this year.

Teach First’s Leadership Development Programme (LDP) is a two-year salaried route into teaching which places participants in schools serving low-income communities. Teach First Cymru launched in 2013, and has since placed 159 participants in 51 schools in Wales.

As announced at the end of last year, the Leadership Development Programme in Wales will be funded by the Central South Consortium (CSC) for the 2017 and 2018 cohorts. The CSC is a school improvement service working on behalf of five local councils: Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan.

The Programme is delivered in partnership with universities and schools, and following a competitive tender process, Teach First Cymru has announced it will partner with Cardiff Metropolitan University, supported by the Institute for Education at Bath Spa University, to deliver the Programme from 2017.

Owen Evans, Director of Teach First Cymru, said:

“I’m delighted to confirm our partnerships with two of the leading universities for developing teachers. They will be essential partners in our mission to support schools serving low-income communities.

“This innovative new model is firmly rooted in the vision for teacher training in Wales set out by Professor Furlong's "Teaching Tomorrow's Teachers". Our university partners’ expertise will help us develop not just great teachers, but great leaders for the Welsh education system, who can help deliver our vision of ending educational inequality.

“Together with our university partners and schools, we believe teaching should have the same expert status as other top professions, and our partnership with these universities and schools will help encourage that.”

Participants on the LDP undergo five weeks of intensive training over the summer, before going on to teach in schools in Wales while working towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) over two years, with university involvement across both years.

The LDP focuses on building participants’ leadership skills and developing them as research-informed teachers so they can tackle educational inequality in low-income schools.  The PGDE will be worth 120 credits towards a Masters, reflecting the value of university accreditation and the role of higher education providers.

Each participant will receive support from an in-school mentor, a university tutor and a Teach First Participant Development Lead for the full two years. In addition to the school in which they teach, each participant will also be assigned to a ‘base school’ that will provide ongoing training and support.

Mike Glavin, Central South Consortium Managing Director, said:

“We are delighted that Cardiff Metropolitan University and Bath Spa University will be supporting the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. The new Teach First delivery model fits very well with the range of teacher training and recruitment initiatives across our region, all of which are designed to ensure that all learners benefit from highly trained and effective teachers –and that teachers themselves recognise central south Wales as a region that puts an enormous value on professional learning and support for teachers.

Professor Dan Davies, Dean of Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University, said:

“Cardiff Metropolitan University is delighted to be working with Teach First, Central South Consortium and Bath Spa University to bring a new group of talented English, mathematics and science teachers into South Wales schools.

“We are fully committed to Teach First’s vision of tackling disadvantage and closing the attainment gap between children and young people from different backgrounds through preparing enthusiastic graduates to take leading roles in learning and teaching.”

Professor Kate Reynolds, Executive Dean of the Institute for Education at Bath Spa University, said:

“The Institute for Education builds upon a long history of teacher training and excellent education research, and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

We have been educating students, teachers and other education professionals since the 1940s and we are delighted to announce our partnership with Teach First and Cardiff Metropolitan University to deliver the Leadership Development Programme across Wales in our 70th anniversary year.”

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Information on the new Leadership Development Programme

About Teach First

We are an education charity that believe that disadvantage should not determine destiny. Our vision is that no child's educational success should be limited by their socio-economic background.

Our charity invests in the power of people to change the lives of children from low income backgrounds by:

  • finding and developing great people to teach and lead in schools facing the greatest challenges;
  • increasing the attainment and aspirations of pupils and their access to higher education and employment; and,
  • building a movement of teachers, school leaders, social entrepreneurs, policy makers and business people who are committed to ending educational inequality.

Since 2003, Teach First has placed 10,000 leaders in schools serving low-income communities, reaching over 1 million young people.

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