Education Minister explains to USW students why there’s never been a better time to teach

Kirsty Williams AM speaking at Senedd

The Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, has visited the newly accredited Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership at the University of South Wales (USW) to talk to students about why now is the perfect time to start their teaching career in Wales.

The Welsh Government has committed to investing in developing an excellent teaching workforce to support the delivery of the new school curriculum, due to be introduced in schools from September 2022. This includes recruitment of new teachers and improving professional development, while working with unions and other partners to address teachers’ workload issues.

The Minister said: “It was a pleasure to visit the University of South Wales and meet students who could become teachers in Wales in the very near future.

“Children across Wales benefit day-in and day-out from the commitment of our dedicated teachers and we are looking for people from all backgrounds with the talent and aspiration, ready to join our high-performing workforce.

“It’s an exciting time to be a teacher in Wales as we prepare to introduce a new curriculum that has been designed by teachers, allowing them to be creative in the way they deliver their lessons. 

“I would encourage anyone considering a career in teaching to have a look at the opportunities available and to see if they have got what it takes to succeed in this hugely rewarding career.”

The Minister’s visit to USW is the second stop in her tour of Wales’s Initial Teaching Education (ITE) Partnerships that she is undertaking. At USW she heard from student teachers about what attracted them to a career in the classroom, and talked to current undergraduate students about the benefits of teaching as a career option. 

Jordan Ingles, 19, from Newport is a 2nd year BA Primary student.

She said: “Being a teacher is all about making a positive impact on the lives of young people. I enjoy taking the theory we learn at USW and turning it into practice in the classroom, as part of our school placements.

“The way we teach as part of the new curriculum gives us the freedom to educate in a way that is both creative and inspiring for young learners. So much of what we learn on the course is about experiential learning and so we are well equipped to deliver education in this way.”

Dr Linda Evans, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at USW, added: “Education in Wales is changing thanks to the new curriculum being introduced and as such teaching has never offered more opportunity for teachers to play a real role in developing what, and how, our children learn. At USW we offer an undergraduate course in primary teaching, as well as post-graduate courses in teaching for post-16 learners – if you’re considering becoming a teacher, please do get in touch with us to discuss any aspect of training or for more information on what we offer and how to apply to us.”

To qualify as a teacher at USW, students must obtain a BA (Hons) Primary ITE degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  This course takes three years, and involves theoretical as well as practical elements, including time spent on placements within schools. A brand new part-time route being delivered through the Open University is also currently under development, for anyone not in a position to undertake the full-time pathway. USW also offers a further professional development module for qualified teachers who have had a break from teaching and would like to return to teach in a primary school setting.

For more information about USW’s teaching courses, please visit www.southwales.ac.uk

If you have a passion for teaching and want to inspire young people, it’s never been a more exciting time to become a teacher in Wales. There are several ways to start your career in teaching - whether it’s your first step into the world of work, returning to teaching or a whole new career.

For more information and to find out about the financial incentives available to help people train, please visit www.discoverteaching.wales.

 

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