Welcome to the School of Initial Education and Training
The aim of the School of Initial Teacher Education & Training at this University is to prepare a first class workforce to ensure high quality education in the schools in Wales and beyond.
The School lies within the Faculty of Education and Training but also works with Swansea Metropolitan University as the South West Wales Centre of Teacher education (SWWCTE). We work in partnership to ensure consistency and quality of provision and although both primary and secondary post-graduate courses (PGCE) are located in Swansea, the three year undergraduate course with QTS – Qualified Teacher Status is based at Trinity Saint David.
The School has a team of experienced tutors and subject specialists across the primary curriculum. Many engage in research and work in schools to ensure credibility of practice. The majority are able to deliver bilingually and this School of Initial Teacher Training has the highest percentage of Welsh medium trainees. Yet the training provided prepares prospective teachers to work in England and beyond. Representatives from London Local Authorities visit us annually to recruit teachers and the following response was received:
During all the years we have been visiting Trinity College we have always been impressed with the calibre of students wishing to seek employment with us. We were particularly delighted with the students interviewed this year. Not only had they gained very useful experience on their teaching placements they were very well briefed on other aspects of a “teacher’s role” within the every day life in school. This is the result of what one can only surmise as being the high quality of the guest speakers and the excellent understanding of the course leaders.
We work in partnership with approximately 300 primary schools across south and west Wales. We are currently planning radical changes to the programme, ensuring further opportunities to visit schools to observe and teach. As a School we have benefited from a substantial investment by the University in excellent ICT resources and unique observation room and facilities in two schools in the town of Carmarthen. These enable trainees to observe and teach ‘micro’ lessons and much emphasis is placed on problem based learning and thinking skills.
Every effort is made to enhance the provision in various ways such as optional additional modules and visits to London, Virginia, Lesotho, New Zealand (2013), as well as educational visits within close proximity from the University as a basis for field work.
We work in collaboration with the School of Social Justice and Inclusion in the provision for the BA Primary Education Studies programme. We also provide an MA in education for teachers and cooperate with Local Authorities to accredit a range of in service training at a Graduate Certificate level.
It is a privilege to work alongside a committed team of tutors, continually striving for excellence.