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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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:
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:
The course is aimed at those with a basic knowledge of Welsh and the motivation to commit to eleven weeks of intensive training.
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 schedules and delivery locations vary each year. The timetable for 2017/18 is as follows:
Conwy/Denbighshire: January 2018
Brecon: April 2018
Carmarthen: January 2018
Swansea: January 2018
Trefforest: September 2017
Cardiff: January 2018
Pontypool: January 2018
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
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)
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