Delivering education reform in Wales: a flexible route into teaching

Glover, Alison and Hutchinson, Steven (2023). Delivering education reform in Wales: a flexible route into teaching. Education Inquiry, 14(4) pp. 442–457.



This discussion paper explores the development and implementation of a new flexible route into the teaching profession. This flexible route is offered within an education system in the midst of wide reform, which has partnership working between universities and schools at the centre of its Initial Teacher Education. Key elements of the new programme examined include how student teachers acquire the knowledge they need, with interconnectivity, immersive practice and blended learning of significance. This case study illustrates the importance of flexibility in the development of the student teacher’s personal construct and communities of practice. The programme’s adaptive learner-centred approach is delivering an alternative, flexible route into the teaching profession, broadening the experience base of the future teaching workforce and beginning to successfully address key government policy drivers.

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