Primary to secondary Welsh-medium conversion programme

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 targets. However, reaching the 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.

The aim of the programme is to increase the number of Welsh-medium secondary teachers. A pilot conversion programme started in September 2020 with 10 teachers participating. Based on positive feedback from the participants and schools who are part of the pilot, our aim is to continue with the conversion programme during 2021/22 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 academic year.

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 be expected to teach lessons with a teaching timetable increasing during the school year. They will also 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.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have a clear vision for developing independent, confident and successful learners. This opportunity is open to full time or part time applications.

Applications are invited from primary teachers who are interested in enhancing their experiences in a secondary school. In addition, applications are welcomed from primary and secondary teachers who want to return to Wales or teachers who want to return to the profession.

The programme is available to applicants across Wales and in the following schools:

  • Bro Myrddin
  • Dyffryn Conwy
  • Glantaf
  • Maes y Gwendraeth
  • Plasmawr
  • Tryfan.

Applications can also be considered to undertake the programme in other Welsh-medium secondary schools.

Please note, applications SHOULD NOT be made directly to individual schools.

Individuals will submit applications to be part of the scheme through the Welsh Government using the online application form or by downloading and emailing the form using the document below.

Individuals will be required to upload copies of your certificates within the form so please ensure you have them ready.

The closing date is Sunday, 7 March 2021.

Interviews will be held at the partner schools between 15 to 24 March 2021.

Each individual participating in the programme will receive a salary at the appropriate rate for one school year. The individuals will be contracted and paid by the schools/local authorities. There will be no guarantee of a permanent post following completion of the programme.

However, individuals will be able to apply for any vacant posts in secondary schools.

Online application form

Online: Individual application form (Welsh only)


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