Press Releases 2014-2015

Professional Development Focus for Educators at University Events

06.06.2014

The Centre of Continuing Professional Learning and Development at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is to host two events next week for Welsh educators who want to make effective use of professional learning and development opportunities in education.

The recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Report on the Welsh education system highlighted the need to build professional capital throughout the education system as well as the need to cultivate a culture of collective responsibility for improved learning and achievement for all students.

The half day events next week, organised by the Centre, will focus on how schools and colleges have successfully developed ‘professional capital’ in order to have an impact on practice and student outcomes. It will also give attendees a chance to find out more about the Centre of Continuing Professional Learning and Development and how it can provide access to high-quality professional development opportunities.

The first event will take place on Monday 9th June, starting at 1:30pm, in the Halliwell Centre on UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus. The second event will take place on Tuesday 10th June, starting at 1:30pm, at the Village Hotel in Swansea.

Jayne Edwards, Director of Continuing Professional Learning and Development, said: “As the influential report from McKinsey and Company in 2007 pointed out it is virtually impossible to improve educational outcomes without improving the quality of teaching taking place in classrooms. The most recent reports on the Welsh education system from Robert Hill, the Chief Inspector of Schools at Estyn, and the OECD have all identified this as one of the most critical areas to be tackled if the ambitions of the Welsh Government and of educational leaders to create an outstanding education system in Wales are to be realised.

“Through our existing and developing strategic partnerships with local authorities and the further education sector in Wales, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is committed to working with the whole education system in Wales to create outstanding opportunities for professional learning and development, including leadership progression, that can assist schools and other organisations to improve the quality of teaching and thereby the outcomes achieved by learners.”

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Senior PR and Communications Officer
07872 423788
steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk