Find out about the primary to secondary conversion programme, for Welsh speaking teachers.

The innovative Cynllun Pontio aims to increase the number of Welsh-medium secondary school teachers – could you be one of them?

Data suggests there is currently a surplus of Welsh-medium primary school teachers, the Welsh Government is running a conversion programme, called the Cynllun Pontio, targeting primary teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to receive training and support in order to convert to teach in the secondary sector. The scheme has also been expanded to include secondary teachers who have been out of the profession for five years or more and teachers wishing to return to teach in Wales from England and other countries.


Ffion Elson
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd, now teaching Welsh and Music
Moving from primary to secondary, I’ve loved being able to work with learners of all ages throughout the day.
Sian Bradley
Head of Biology at Ysgol Glantaf
What I love about the Welsh language is that I’m using the language of my family, where I come from.
Meurig Jones
Headteacher at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd, which has hosted conversion programme teachers
Primary teachers have brought that understanding of how learners progress across the whole curriculum, which is beneficial to both our learners and staff as we move forward with Curriculum for Wales.


Download and complete the application form and submit via email by Tuesday 19th March 2024.

You will be asked to name three schools, in preference order, at which you would like to teach; if your application is successful, we will facilitate this placement for you. 

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For more information read the job description on our job advertisement or read the FAQs below.


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If you already have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as a primary school teacher, and you are able to teach through the medium of Welsh, then we want you to apply.

The Cynllun Pontio has been extended to more people than ever before You can now also apply if:

  • You already teach in the primary sector, but not currently through the medium of Welsh
  • You have primary QTS and currently work outside Wales, but wish to teach in Wales
  • You have QTS (primary or secondary) and have not been teaching for five years or more, but wish to return to the profession

Yes! Each individual participating in the programme will receive a salary at the appropriate rate for the school year. The individuals will be contracted and paid by the schools/local authorities.

The Cynllun Pontio will be provided in partnership between schools and the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers over a period of one school year. You will be expected to teach lessons from week 2 onwards, with a teaching timetable increasing from 50% to 80% during the school 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 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.