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Initial Teacher Training and Education

14 June 2017 | last updated: 27 October 2017

In March, Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education, announced changes for initial teacher education in Wales. All programmes of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Wales which commence from September 2019 must first be accredited by the Education Workforce Council (EWC), through its ITE Accreditation Board. The process for partnerships to prepare and submit programmes to the EWC formally opened in March 2017.

Timetable for action


Partnership to submit programme to EWC for accreditation against accreditation criteria

By 1 December 2017

EWC Accreditation Board to assess programmes

By 30 June 2018

EWC to inform partnerships of decision and provide an initial indication of funded numbers for a programme for 2019-20

By 30 June 2018

Partnership to commence marketing of their programme to prospective student teachers

From 1 July 2018

EWC to confirm funded numbers for a programme for 2019-20

By 1 September 2018

Partnership to commence delivery of new programme

From 1 September 2019

Further details are available on the EWC website in both Welsh and English