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Aberystwyth University Announce New Teacher Programme

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Aberystwyth University has launched a new teacher training programme after it was granted accreditation for five years by the Education Workforce Council.

From September 2019, the University's School of Education will provide a new Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) offering two pathways to Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

Student teachers can choose to follow either a Primary Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Secondary Enrichment, or a Secondary PGCE with Primary Enrichment.

Commenting on the programme, Professor Malcolm Thomas, Director of the School of Education, said: "This is a pioneering, integrated programme which responds to the needs of teacher education in the 21st century, and which educates and develops student teachers to teach across both primary and secondary sectors. This ideology is in keeping with the Welsh Government's National Mission and the new Curriculum for Wales, as well as with the increasing emergence of All-Through schools not only in rural authorities but also urbanised areas. We look forward to working with the Education Workforce Council on our accreditation in the coming months and meeting their specified criteria."

The PGCE programme has been developed in partnership with Ceredigion County Council, along with primary and secondary schools in Wales.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, added: "We couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate 125 years in teacher training since the start in 1892/3, the year when the University of Wales was established."

"Not only does this programme strengthen our secondary teacher training offering, it also brings back primary teacher training to Aberystwyth."