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Education Minister welcomes student teachers from The Open University in Wales

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Yesterday, The Open University (OU) in Wales was pleased to invite students and partner schools from its new Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) programme to an evening of conversation and Q&A with the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams MS.

The OU’s recently-launched PGCE in Wales courses offer flexible, alternative routes into teaching, through either a two-year part-time or salaried route.

Nearly 100 guests, including PGCE students, partner schools, Primary Education students and STEM students from across Wales, attended the online event.

The PGCE programme’s new student teachers received a warm welcome from the Minister, who spoke of the importance of teaching and setting out the Welsh Government’s priorities and aspirations for the profession.

The Minister discussed the future of teaching and shared her vision for Initial Teaching Education (ITE) in Wales.

One of my priorities has been to open up teaching to more people and help diversify the workforce. I’m delighted that, through the OU, our new routes into teaching have become a reality.

It was great to speak to the first cohort of student teachers on the new part-time and salaried PGCE courses.

I very much look forward to this year’s students becoming the next generation of school and college teachers and leaders.

Kirsty Williams MS, Education Minister

Guests then had the opportunity to ask their questions in a Q&A with the Minister.

Sarah Stewart, Director of the OU’s PGCE Programme in Wales, said:

‘Thank you to the Education Minister and to all our students and partner schools who attended the evening online.

‘It’s really great to welcome our new PGCE students and to encourage and celebrate our teachers of the future.’

The OU’s PGCE in Wales programme was developed in partnership with Welsh Government, Regional Consortia and schools across Wales.

Find out more about our new, flexible PGCE courses in Wales here.

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