Welsh Assembly creates ‘The Board’ to drive teacher recruitment

Three top academics from England and Ireland have been put at the heart of a “national mission” to recruit the best new teachers for Wales.

Wales education secretary Kirsty Williams has created the Education Workforce Council: Teacher Education Accreditation Committee, which will be known as “the board”, to accredit individual Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes.

Its chair will be Professor John Furlong, emeritus professor of education at Oxford University’s Department of Education, and emeritus fellow of Green Templeton College in Oxford.

Prof Furlong, who undertook his PhD while working as a teacher in a London comprehensive school, has previously worked at both Swansea and Cardiff universities.

In 2001, he completed a major review of educational research capacity in Wales, including its role in CPD, and five years later he led the Review of Initial Teacher Training Provision in Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly government (The Furlong Report).

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