Teaching offers a truly rewarding professional career, where you can make a real difference every day. 

With the new curriculum being introduced, a national goal for one million Welsh speakers by 2050, and plenty of professional learning opportunities throughout your working life, there really has never been a better time to teach through the medium of Welsh. 

There are various ways to start your teaching journey tailored to suit you - full-time, part-time or salaried courses delivered by one of our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnerships based across Wales. Secondary school teachers are particularly needed at the moment and there are also added financial incentives available for those training to teach Welsh, or another subject through the medium of Welsh. 

Find out more about what it's like to be a teacher - how you can train and starting salary - and what qualifications you will need.

Natalie Jones
Teacher – primary (with added responsibility for teaching Welsh as a second language to pupils and teachers)
When I moved from Birmingham to Pwllheli at age 10, it was quite a surreal experience: we were the only black students in the school and Welsh was now the main language being spoken. It proved though the importance of immersing oneself in a language, as my only ‘A’ grade in GCSE was in Welsh!
Ceri John
Teacher – Modern Foreign Languages
As somebody who received education through Welsh themselves, and as a parent who’s very keen for their children to have the same opportunity, I think it’s vitally important for us to provide Welsh-medium education in Wales.
Cadi Lake
Teacher – Welsh
I went into secondary teaching because I have a passion and love for the Welsh language and I want to share that with pupils.
Ffion Pennant
Teacher – Maths
I am keen to develop subject specific vocabulary in Welsh, to ensure Maths is still accessible. There is no reason to switch to studying through the medium of English and I intend taking my students with me throughout the school journey.
Edward Roberts
Teacher – History
Being from an English medium background, I've really developed my Welsh skills through this PGCE course. I feel I'm a good example for anyone else thinking about teaching, but who perhaps lacks a bit of confidence in their Welsh.
Meet some of our teachers
Learn what it’s really like to be a teacher in Wales, from people who teach through the medium of Welsh.
Financial Incentives
You may be eligible for financial incentives to help you while you train.

The priority subjects in Wales are:
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Welsh 
  • Design & Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Modern Foreign Languages

Graduates with relevant degrees may be eligible for an incentive to undertake a Priority Subject PGCE in Wales. If choosing to study through the medium of Welsh, an additional £5,000 is available under the Iaith Athrawon Yfory Incentive Scheme. Coming soon - there will be a new incentive scheme for ethnic minority student teachers.

 

1st and/or PHD/Masters

2.1

2.2

Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Physics and Welsh

 

£15,000

 

£15,000

 

£15,000

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...

How do I become a teacher?

There are many ways to become a teacher in Wales – we’ll help you find the way best suited to you.

To become a teacher in Wales you will require Mathematics and English or Welsh GCSE grade B or equivalent whilst prospective primary teachers will also require a C grade in GCSE Science. If you are applying to a PGCE programme, you will also need an appropriate university degree.

Yes! Certain graduates could be entitled to up to £25,000 depending on circumstances such as your degree subject, degree classification, and Welsh language abilities. Visit the Financial Incentives section to find out what you may be entitled to. Information about funding for postgraduate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes can be found on the Student Finance Wales website.

If you are considering a career teaching in Wales, you will need to obtain qualified teaching status (QTS). You can do this by studying on an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme, accredited by the Education Workforce Council (EWC) through its ITE Accreditation Board. 


ITE programmes are available at both Primary and Secondary levels and can be studied either as an undergraduate (UG) or postgraduate (PGCE) degree. They provide the professional education and development of student teachers, preparing them for work in schools in Wales and providing the foundation for career-long professional learning. These programmes are based on learning that is both rigorously practical and intellectually challenging.


You can study an ITE programme at:

Two routes into teaching are delivered for selected subjects by the Open University partnership, meaning you can train in the way best suited to you. 

There is a Salaried PGCE, where you can work as a non-qualified teacher at a school, and a Part Time PGCE for those with other life commitments. These are available at both Primary and Secondary levels. These two innovative programmes will help to widen access to a teaching career more than ever before.

Yes! Whether you have gained qualified teacher status (QTS) in another area of the UK, or from outside the UK, you will need to first apply to EWC for recognition of your QTS in Wales. Please visit the EWC website to find out how.

Is teaching right for me?

A great way to help find out is to apply for work experience at a local school, or multiple schools, to get a taste of what life is like at the front of a classroom rather than behind a desk.

Does this kind of job sound appealing to you?

  • One that offers a stable, long term career combined with opportunities to grow professionally
  • The opportunity to utilise your degree subject and share that passion and specialist knowledge every day
  • A chance to inspire the next generation of young minds and guide them in the most important, formative years of their lives
  • The feeling that you are making a real, tangible difference every time you go into work, and knowing that you’ll be remembered for the rest of someone’s life
  • Using the Welsh language on a daily basis and passing it on to the next generation of speakers 

Of course there’s no way you can know for sure until you are actually working as a teacher, but if this sounds like the kind of job you would enjoy, then teaching could be perfect for you. 

A great way to help find out is to apply for work experience at a local school, or multiple schools, to get a taste of what life is like at the front of a classroom rather than behind a desk. It may feel very different to how you remember it from your own time as a pupil! This will also stand you in very good stead when applying for teacher training. 

It isn’t a compulsory requirement to speak Welsh to teach in Wales, although there are opportunities for Welsh speakers to improve their skills, and for non-Welsh speakers to learn the language. All teachers are expected to increase their understanding and use of Welsh throughout their career. 

We also provide financial incentives for those who wish to teach through the medium of Welsh - visit the Financial Incentives section to find out more.

The starting salary for new teachers in Wales is currently over £27,000. Over your working life, you can expect to increase your salary as you gain experience and take on additional pastoral/academic duties, such as within your faculty or as a tutor. Continuous professional development (CPD) will also be offered to increase and improve your skills throughout your career.

No! You can train to teach at any age, from 18 upwards – you’re never too old! In fact, today’s headteachers believe it is important for schools to have a well-balanced workforce, with a combination of both career changers and new graduates who choose teaching as their first career upon leaving university. Having more years under your belt before entering the profession means you probably have valuable insights and experience to bring to your pupils.

Teaching is a great profession whatever you decide, but secondary school teachers are particularly needed at the moment, and especially for these subjects:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Welsh (and teaching any subject through the medium of Welsh)
  • Computer Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages 

That’s why we offer a range of financial incentives worth up to £25,000 depending on circumstances such as your degree subject, degree classification, and Welsh language abilities. Visit the Financial Incentives section to find out what you may be entitled to.

Why choose Wales?

We may be a small nation, but our innovative approaches and high ambitions make us stand out from the crowd.

We may be a small nation, but our innovative approaches and high ambitions make us stand out from the crowd. 

A brand new curriculum in Wales is currently being developed in conjunction with teachers, ready for teaching in September 2022. The new curriculum will give teachers more freedom to be creative in what they teach, and the way they teach it, with the intention of creating students who are:

  1. Ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
  2. Enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
  3. Ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
  4. Healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

In addition to this, Wales offers a high starting salary of over £27,000 for teachers, as well as fantastic long term career opportunities. Continuous professional development (CPD), including the brand new National Masters in Education, is offered throughout your career, and teaching is recognised as providing a stable, reliable income throughout your working life.

Professional development (CPD) continues throughout your teaching career and as there are so many different elements involved with the delivery of education within our schools there will be plenty of opportunities for you to take on board new responsibilities, while expanding your skillset and relishing new experiences.

I'VE MADE MY DECISION. WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

 

So you’ve decided you want to train as a teacher in Wales - that’s fantastic news! 

Have you decided how you want to train (full time, part time or via the salaried route)? 

If the answer is no, visit the How do I become a teacher? FAQ section for help. 

If the answer is yes, but you still have some questions, then get in touch! No matter your question or query, we want to hear from you. Contact us today.

Or if the answer is yes, and you already know where or how you want to train, then you can contact that ITE directly to get your application started. 

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Start your journey today. Get in touch with us for more information and to chat about options. 

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