WMCETT brought together all the HEIs involved in Initial Teacher Training, Further and Higher in the West Midlands region to form the HEI Forum in December 2007. The aim of the group was to act as an information exchange, a forum for discussion and a mechanism to communicate national developments to the whole region.
The Forum members are the universities of Warwick, Worcester, Birmingham City, Wolverhampton and Staffordshire, plus JISC, the Joint Information Service Committee.
In 2009 the Forum successfully bid for funding from LSIS to stage three one-day professional dialogue seminars and Teacher Educators from all the Forum HEI partner colleges were invited to attend. The purpose of the seminars was to discuss issues of concern and interest in the sector since the reform of teacher training qualifications.
The three seminars were held as follows and reports from the days can be read here: University of Wolverhampton in November 2009, RAF Cosford in December 2009 and the University of Warwick in March 2010.
The final reports and resources produced at the seminars can be viewed, right.
WMCETT Director Fergus McKay said: “The series of three professional dialogue seminars has been very successful and has provided practitioners with an opportunity to share resources, exchange views and offer opinions about current teacher training programmes.
"Over the course of the next 12 months the HEI Forum will be running a further series of professional dialogue seminars, and in addition to those members of WMCETT will be visiting a number of teacher training providers in the West Midlands to undertake a series of mini-seminars.
"If you are interested in finding out more or want to be involved please contact Julie Chamberlain on J.firstname.lastname@example.org ."