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.

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."

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.

Professor Dan Davies, Dean of Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy, 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."

President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan Unviersity, Professor Cara Aitchison said: "This initiative aligns well with our new and ambitious University Strategic Plan in which we have outlined our commitment to working in partnership with schools to establish knowledge, skills, confidence and resilience among all young people in Wales. 

"We are committed to the Welsh Government's agenda of raising standards of teaching and learning and we are keen to deploy our research and innovation in the educational uses of digital technology. Teach First provides an additional opportunity to work with young people from Community First areas and this is particularly important for us as 25% of our students come from Community First areas."