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Teacher training changes will 'attract the best talent'

New rules will be put in place for teacher training courses in Wales, in a bid to attract the best talent to the profession.

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The Welsh Government say the changes for initial teacher training will include strengthening how schools and universities work together and increasing the role of research.

The changes follow recently published new professional teaching and leadership standards.

I want teaching in Wales to be a first choice profession so that we can attract the very best. For this to happen, we must get our initial teacher education offer right. The new accreditation standards are part of our national mission to raise the standards and standing of the profession.

The teaching profession can only make its proper contribution to raising standards of education in our schools if our initial teacher training offers our future teachers the skills, knowledge and appetite to lead the change required. This is about our schools and universities working together, using the best research available, so our teachers have the right skills to deliver our new curriculum for the benefit of all our pupils.

– Kirsty Williams, Education Secretary

Welsh stream at Brecon High School to close

The Welsh stream at Brecon High School will be closed following a vote this afternoon.

Powys County Council said the stream is 'unviable' because of a drop in pupil numbers. It instead wants to centralise Welsh medium education at Builth Wells High School.

But the council has come up against strong opposition from parents and campaigners, who have vowed to continue their fight to keep it open.

Last week, councillors had voted in favour of retaining the stream.

Our education reporter Megan Boot reports:

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