The Universities and Schools Council for the Education of Teachers (USCET) was formed in the summer of 2016 following the decision by the Welsh Government, which was supported by USCET’s predecessor organisation UCET Cymru, to accredit partnerships of universities and schools as providers of initial teacher education and training. The terms of reference for USCET are in the process of being finalised and will be posted here soon. The current chair of USCET is Elaine Sharpling (University of Wales, Trinity St. Davids).
USCET will meet three times a year to discuss the full range of issues relating to teacher education and teacher supply in Wales, and will engage in collaborative dialogue with colleagues from the Welsh Government, Estyn, the Education Workforce Council, HEFCW and others. USCET is part of UCET and is serviced by UCET staff.
Elaine Sharpling is the Academic Director of Teacher Education in the Athrofa, UWTSD and has led the development of a new suite of ITE programmes through the accreditation process. Following a career change from nursing, she trained as a primary teacher before moving into the Higher Education sector. She leads undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of Initial Teacher Education and has a research interest in language development, linguistics and measuring quality in ITE programmes.