Responding to the Welsh Government’s publication of the Criteria for the accreditation of initial teacher education, Llŷr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Education, Children, Skills and Lifelong Learning Secretary said:
“Plaid Cymru has always stressed the importance of making sure that implementation of education reforms is conducted as effectively as possible – if we want a smooth transition to the new Donaldson curriculum then we have to have Donaldson-ready teachers.
“Therefore, the announcement today is to be welcomed for introducing changes to the initial teacher training programme that will ensure that new teachers are equipped with the skills necessary to teach the new curriculum.
“It is, however, disappointing that the announcement today does not go further to address a growing problem that we face in Wales in relation to teacher recruitment. The number of teachers in training in Wales has halved in the last decade, recruitment targets for both primary and secondary teachers are being missed, all the while a significant number of teachers are leaving the profession. This matter needs to be tackled urgently if we are to avoid a crisis in teacher numbers.”