Our strategy for the Welsh language, Cymraeg 2050, sets long-term targets for increasing the number of teachers able to teach through the medium of Welsh.
We are currently recruiting a broadly sufficient number of Welsh-medium teachers for the primary sector to be able to meet the 2021 target. However, reaching the 2021 targets for the secondary sector is a challenge. Particular focus is needed on increasing the number of secondary school teachers able to teach Welsh as a subject and to teach through the medium of Welsh.
Aim of the conversion programme
The aim of the programme is to increase the number of Welsh-medium secondary teachers. Data suggest that there is a surplus of Welsh-medium primary teachers. Therefore, we are piloting a conversion programme targeting primary teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to receive training and support in order to convert to teach in the secondary sector.
The programme will be provided in partnership between schools and the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers over a period of one school term (12 to 14 weeks, dependent on the length of the school term).
The first pilot will be held during the 2020 summer term, starting on 20 April.
There will be four days of support delivered by ITE providers on the following themes:
- Classroom management
- Behaviour management
- Teacher well-being and developing resilience
- Time management / workload management strategies
- Overview of lesson planning techniques
- Overview of new Curriculum
- Linguistic Support: based on individual need
The Schools will be responsible for providing a range of experiences and support, which will provide professional development for individuals on the following:
- Subject support
- Marking and providing feedback
- Lesson Planning
Each individual will have access to a Professional Support teacher within the school, who will be responsible for holding a professional dialogue on the individual’s development every two weeks and to provide support in a lesson once every two weeks.
They will be expected to teach lessons from week 2 onwards with a teaching timetable increasing from 50% to 80% during the school term.
Recruitment and selection process
Individuals will submit applications to be part of the scheme through the Welsh Government. There are two opportunities to apply.
Further information on the process and an application form can be found in the documents below.
Each individual participating in the programme will receive a salary at the appropriate rate for a school term. The individuals will be contracted and paid by the schools/local authorities.
Schools wishing to participate in the pilot will be required to complete an application form.
The closing date for schools to submit an application is 6 December 2019. Further information and the application form can be found in the documents below.
An online application form is also available for individuals and schools.
Individuals will be required to upload copies of their certificates within the form so please ensure you have them ready.
Online: Individual application form (Welsh only)
Online: Expression of interest form – schools (Welsh only)
If you require any additional information, please contact the Welsh-medium Conversion Programme team at AthrawonCC.WMTeachers@gov.wales