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Department Of Initial Teacher Education

Department of Inital Teacher Education

Working together with teachers, for teachers, as teachers to inspire the future minds of Wales

Welcome to the Department of Initial Teacher Education (DITE) within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.  Cardiff Metropolitan University, with over 60 years' experience in initial teacher education, has an enviable reputation for preparing student teachers to be highly-skilled, confident, critically reflective and innovative practitioners with excellent employment prospects.

The Cardiff Partnership for Initial Teacher Education comprises Cardiff Metropolitan University and its associated schools, working in collaboration with University of Oxford, Cardiff University, Central South Consortium (CSC), Education Achievement Service (EAS), and City of Cardiff Council.  Together, the Cardiff Partnership collaborates to ensure that our student teachers not only achieve, but seek to surpass the professional standards for QTS through high-quality professional education that is rigorously practical and intellectually challenging.   

We are proud to be an accredited provider of Initial Teacher Education by the Education Workforce Council. 


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We have many specialist teaching rooms including science laboratories, art & design workshops, a design & technology workshop, music rooms with specialist technology and equipment, extensive sports facilities, an outdoor learning centre, several IT suites and dedicated education library facilities and resources, including digital resources, to help prepare student teachers for the classroom.  

The Welsh Language

The Cardiff Partnership is committed to the development of Welsh language skills of all student teachers within its ITE programmes, and recognises the important role it has to play in supporting the Welsh Government to meet its target of one million Welsh speakers by 2050.  Student teachers will receive direct teaching to help with Welsh language development, no matter whether they are an absolute beginner or a fluent Welsh speaker.   Further details are on our course pages.

Student 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 initial teacher education programme, 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 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.
  • 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 Cardiff Partnership's 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.

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

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