Education Secretary Kirsty Williams addresses tomorrow's teachers

Kirsty Williams

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has paid a visit to the University of South Wales (USW) Newport Campus today as part of a series of engagement events she is conducting at Higher Education Institutes across Wales throughout January. 

During a tour, the Cabinet Secretary was shown the professional training facilities on offer in the state-of-the-art building, which is home to USW’s School of Education, Early Years & Social Work. 

The aim of the visit was to meet current teacher training students and discuss the curriculum, professional standards and the Welsh Government’s vision for education in Wales as outlined in its action plan, Our National Mission

The Education Secretary also answered questions from the undergraduates and staff on the future of teacher training and the Welsh education system. 

Speaking after the visit, Kirsty Williams said: “Ensuring our teachers of tomorrow are aware, informed and prepared for the ambitious and transformational education reforms is vitally important and this visit provided an ideal opportunity for me to discuss this important area further with our future teaching professionals. 

“The Q&A session with the teaching students was also brilliant. They were a fully engaged audience, with a thirst for learning and it was great to have so many well thought out questions thrown my way on how we can all make the most of these reforms and shape the education system in Wales into one that really works for its leaners.” 

Jamie James, who is Head of USW’s School of Education, Early Years & Social Work at USW, said: “We would like to thank the Cabinet Secretary for taking time to visit our Newport Campus, and to see for herself the professional facility we have here. 

“We are very proud of our tradition of high-quality professional development for student teachers, in-service professionals, returning teachers and the wider education community. 

“As the Cabinet Secretary has said today, wide-reaching reform is needed to ensure that our teachers are ready for the demands that the future holds for the education sector. 

“The ambitious goals set by the Welsh Government to ensure that children in Wales get the very best education are embraced wholeheartedly by USW. 

“We continue to work hand-in-hand with school partners throughout South and South-East Wales, as one Professional Learning Partnership, to develop new and exciting solutions to these challenges.”