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Welsh language practitioner training

It is essential that our education system provides sufficient numbers of practitioners with high-quality Welsh-language skills and competence in Welsh-medium and bilingual teaching methodologies.


It is essential that our education system provides sufficient numbers of practitioners with high-quality Welsh-language skills and competence in Welsh-medium and bilingual teaching methodologies.

The provision of high quality training for practitioners is therefore key to the Welsh-medium Education Strategy's success.

Education Improvement Grant

On 1 April 2015 the Welsh Government merged 11 of its grant-funding streams including the former Welsh in Education Grant and introduced the Education Improvement Grant (EIG). The grant will focus on improving literacy, numeracy, reducing the impact of poverty on educational attainment and improving educational attainment for all pupils.

Bilingual methodology training

Sgiliaith offers a three day bilingual methodology training course which enables bilingual teachers and lecturers to use the Welsh and English languages proficiently in their teaching. The course has been accredited as an MA module and can be used by practitioners as contributing towards a full MA.

Welsh-language Sabbatical Scheme

The Scheme offers methodology and Welsh-language training for primary and secondary school teachers and teaching assistants, Further Education lecturers and Work Based Learning providers.

The Scheme gives practitioners the opportunity to:

  • improve their Welsh-language skills
  • acquire knowledge of terminology specific to their subject area
  • gain awareness and confidence in using Welsh-medium and bilingual methodologies.

The Scheme is open to practitioners currently working in Wales. Applications from supply staff may be considered subject to certain conditions.

All courses are free to access. The Welsh Government will also reimburse supply costs and participants’ travel costs.

The Scheme currently offers courses at three levels:

Higher level

Higher level courses are aimed at those who can speak Welsh fluently, either as first-language speakers or advanced learners, but who lack the confidence or specialist terminology in Welsh to use these skills in a professional context. The courses offer applicants the opportunity to:

  • develop their personal language skills
  • receive intensive language training combined with methodological training in Welsh-medium teaching
  • develop specialist knowledge of terminology specific to their subject area or specialisation.

Foundation level

This course offers Welsh language training to teachers working in English-medium or bilingual primary schools in the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 who wish to:

  • develop their Welsh-language skills to Foundation level
  • take the first step of a recognised path to learning Welsh with the long-term aim of teaching Welsh or through the medium of Welsh
  • contribute to bilingualism in their schools and creation of a Welsh-language ethos.

The course is aimed at those with a basic knowledge of Welsh and the motivation to commit to eleven weeks of intensive training.

Entry level

This five-week course is for Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 teaching assistants who work in English-medium or bilingual primary schools. The course will provide participants with the vocabulary and linguistic skills necessary to support their teaching colleagues.

Course timetable

Course schedules and delivery locations vary each year. The timetable for 2017/18 is as follows:

Entry level

Conwy/Denbighshire: January 2018
Brecon: April 2018
Carmarthen: January 2018
Swansea: January 2018
Trefforest: September 2017
Cardiff: January 2018
Pontypool: January 2018

Foundation level

Conwy / Denbighshire: September 2017
Carmarthen: September 2017
Cardiff: September 2017
Brecon: January 2018
Trefforest: January 2018
Flintshire/Wrexham: April 2018
Swansea: April 2018
Pontypool: April 2018

Higher level

Northop: September 2017 (FE Lecturers)
Swansea: September 2017 (Teaching Assistants)
Conwy / Denbighshire: January 2018 (Teaching Assistants)
Lampeter: January 2018
South-east Wales: January 2018 (Teaching Assistants)
North-west Wales: April 2018 (Teaching Assistants)
Carmarthen: May 2018 (Teaching Assistants)
Cardiff: April 2018 (Teaching Assistants)

How to apply

For further information on any of the courses, please visit the website of the lead provider in your area.

North Wales (GWE) - Bangor University 

South West and Mid Wales (ERW) - University of Wales Trinity St David 

Central South Wales (CSCJES) and South East Wales (EAS) - Cardiff University 

or alternatively please contact the Sabbatical Team:

Tel: 01443 663770
E-mail:  sabbaticalscheme@gov.wales

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