Press Releases 2014-2015

Heads of Sixth Form Consortium goes from strength to strength


Teachers from schools across west Wales recently came together at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, as part of a professional consortium organized for Heads of Sixth Forms. 

Heads Of Sixth Form Meet at UWTSD Carmarthen

The consortium was established by the University in 2009 to enable the teachers who advise pupils about their choices after leaving school to come together to discuss a range of issues. The meetings, organized twice a year, provide an opportunity for teachers to discuss issues that arise on a daily basis when undertaking their jobs. They provide opportunities to share good practice as well as opportunities to keep up to date with national developments in the field of education, including staff development sessions. This year, there was a training session on the review of qualifications in Wales hosted Hywel Davies from the Welsh Government.

Melanie Jones, Executive Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer, said: "The consortium for Heads of Sixth Form is going from strength to strength. The University now organizes various meetings across Wales and in border areas between England and Wales. The network now includes 250 teachers that will benefit from hearing about each other's experiences, good practice and the professional development that is a fixed part of the agenda.

"The University benefits, of course, through contact with the teachers, we are able to listen to them and act to provide a range of programs and services for them and their pupils."

Since it was founded under the University the consortium is now being chaired by the Head of Sixth Form from the consortium area. Edwina Rees from Ysgol Bro Peter chairs the Welsh medium consortium. Jon Jones from Ysgol Penfro chairs the English language consortium of south west Wales. John said: The consortium for Heads of Sixth Form provides an excellent forum for sharing best practice and discussions of common issues. It also enables an invaluable professional development by providing talks by guest speakers and relevant training sessions."

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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