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Department of Initial Teacher Education

Department of Inital Teacher Education

The Department of Initial Teacher Education (DITE) within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy is recognised as being amongst the largest centres of teacher education and training in Wales and the UK. The Department has over three hundred students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and three different programmes of initial teacher training. Our staff are enthusiastic and dedicated to creating rich and diverse learning opportunities within the courses.

These courses are:

Student Teacher Expectations

Your experience as a student teacher will be an exciting and challenging one. In order to ensure you are ready for the challenge of our rewarding programmes we have developed a set of expectations for our student teachers. This list of statements is designed to help you understand the requirements of life as a student teacher, to establish the demands of the programmes and assist in us resolving any issues which may arise through your school and university experience.

If you are offered and accept a place on any programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University or the University of South Wales, you should understand and accept the following statements:

  • I am ready to meet the demands of an intensive, challenging and rewarding programme.
  • I will display commitment and enthusiasm when undertaking school experience. I understand that I may be required to attend parents' evenings, staff meetings, out of hours learning, etc that are outside of normal teaching hours.
  • I will show commitment to attending university and school sessions. I understand that I can only be absent for genuine reasons and that I will notify the school, my university tutor and the Partnerships Office as soon as possible; and thereafter on a daily basis.
  • I will respect the decision with regard to my school experience placement. I also understand that tutors cannot guarantee a placement close to where I live. However, if I declare a disability, I understand that reasonable adjustments will be made based on recommendations from The University of South Wales or Cardiff Metropolitan University's Disability Department.
  • I understand that all student teachers will have to make their own travel arrangements to attend school experience placements. For postgraduate student teachers, any travel costs incurred will be their responsibility whilst undergraduate student teachers receive expenses to be determined by the universities.
  • I will act in accordance with the expectations and values of both universities and act appropriately as a representative of those institutions by adhering to the SEWCTET Code of Conduct at all times. I agree to abide by all school policies and to act in a fully professional and considerate manner.
  • If I am offered a place/ change my mind after being offered a place/refuse an offer of a place, I agree to let the Admissions Department know as soon as possible.
  • I understand that the offer of a place can only be conditional upon academic entry requirements, DBS clearance and a successful health check.

Partnership with Schools

The Department has been particularly successful in developing quality partnership arrangements with over 130 secondary schools (13 Welsh medium) and 300 primary schools (47 Welsh medium) throughout South Wales; it has partnership schools in Switzerland, Belgium and Portugal. The department also has strong links with Teachers' Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Student teachers spend a considerable amount of programme time undertaking school placements and working closely with partnership school staff who act as mentors. The role of mentor involves the support of students' professional development and the monitoring and assessment of progress towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Cardiff Metropolitan University tutors work closely with our school based colleagues and take a leading role in quality assurance.

School mentors are fully involved with continuous evaluation and development of all programmes and are integrated into the work of the Department of Initial Teacher Education through participation in the Partnership Steering Committee, programme committees, examining boards, interviewing of programme applicants and mentor development events.

The Partnerships and Student Administration Unit, staffed by a team of administrative personnel, is the focal point for communication between schools, students and the university. Effective communication between all partners is crucial in providing a quality experience for student teachers.

Partnership with Providers

The University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University are collaborating to provide Initial Teacher Education and Training for South East Wales. The South East Wales Centre for Teacher Education and Training, one of three national Centres, will operate from 2009 and will educate and train primary and secondary teachers. For further information please visit SEWCTET website.

Contact Us

For course-specific enquiries, please consult the relevant courses page for contact details.

Head of Department:

Kin Yu

Department of Initial Teacher Education
Cyncoed Campus
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cyncoed Road