The South East Wales Centre for Teacher Education & Training (SEWCTET) has been praised in a report published in September 2015 for its progress in key areas previously identified for improvement by Estyn, the office of Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales.
SEWCTET - which was formed in 2008 and is a collaboration between Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales - works in close partnership with a large number of primary and secondary schools in South East Wales to provide high quality teacher education through undergraduate (BA, BSc), postgraduate (PGCE) and school-based (GTP) routes.
Estyn has noted that the centre has made much progress over the last two years in addressing key issues raised following a visit in May 2013.
The inspectors commended the work of the centre with very good or strong progress noted in five of the seven recommendations.
Estyn’s team of inspectors, led by Penny Lewis HMI, visited the centre to monitor progress made since an initial inspection in May 2013 and an interim inspection visit in September 2014. Their report has highlighted ‘very good progress’ in reviewing and communicating a clear strategic direction for the centre. ‘Strong progress’ was recorded for three separate recommendations - the centre’s development of strategic and clear targets for improvement and progress evaluation; improvement of the collection and analysis of first-hand evidence to better inform students’ self-evaluation; and in the accuracy of mentors assessment of trainee performance against the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
The Centre was also commended for its actions on a separate recommendation to focus on strengthening the role of governors in the development of the centre.
SEWCTET is one of three regional collaborations across Wales to provide excellent new teachers at primary and secondary levels and prides itself on the development of world class teachers who deliver outstanding learning and teaching, realising the potential of young people in Wales and beyond.
Dr Martin Steggall, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales, said: “The significant progress reflects renewed leadership and a real commitment to driving up standards and innovation within the teaching profession."
Professor Dan Davies, Dean of the Cardiff School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University, said: “I’m delighted at this excellent outcome which is a testament to the hard work, improvement and innovation of teacher educators and support staff in both universities. It demonstrates the high quality of Initial Teacher Education in South East Wales.”