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FUNDING has been secured for a pilot project to improve professional development opportunities for teachers in Wales.

Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills Lesley Griffiths said the project would provide secondary school teachers of chemistry, maths and physics with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in their specific subjects.

The project is being funded by the National Science Academy and led by the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS).

Working in collaboration with the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry, WIMCS will pilot the project in South Wales centred on the universities of Swansea, Glamorgan and Cardiff.

The initial focus is to develop workshops for more experienced teachers to deliver to other teachers in chemistry and maths.

The Deputy Minister said teachers had an increasingly important role in encouraging students to take up science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

"In order to develop a strong, dynamic economy and to ensure Wales can compete on the international stage, we need people with appropriate qualifications in the STEM subjects," said Ms Griffiths.

"This pilot project will provide secondary teachers with additional resources, skills and experience to take back to the classroom to support their work. I am pleased to support this through the National Science Academy."

The pilot will provide subject-specific CPD for secondary teachers and increase quality through the direct involvement of university staff and professional bodies including the Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry.

It will also promote and bring together the range of CPD opportunities currently offered by different organisations, which includes industry placements organised by Careers Wales companies.

Professor Terry Lyons, from WIMCS, said: "By giving teachers the opportunities to deepen and enhance their subject knowledge, they will be better placed to enthuse students in these specific subject areas.

"This in turn should help the Welsh workforce become better able to address the requirements of an increasingly scientific and technologically based economy."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 2, 2010
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