Investing in the National Sabbatical Scheme
The School of Welsh welcomes the Welsh Government’s decision to invest in the National Sabbatical Scheme and is very much looking forward to contributing further to the project.
Leighton Andrews, the Welsh Government’s Minister for Education and Skills, has approved more than £6 million over a period of three years to deliver the Scheme with the aim of improving the standard of teaching and learning in Welsh-medium education and training.
The School of Welsh contributed to the pilot project that began in 2005, with a team of experienced language tutors providing language courses for secondary and primary school teachers. Lowri Davies, one of the tutors, said: “I have been working on the scheme since the beginning of the pilot period. It’s a wonderful experience being able to work with such enthusiastic and industrious teachers; I’m amazed at how committed they are to developing their skills further.”
The funding will ensure that the scheme is extended to more locations across Wales, with a wider variety of courses on several levels. Over the period, 648 lecturers, teachers and practitioners will benefit from a sabbatical period away from the workplace in order to improve their oral and written Welsh, learn how to use subject-related terminology effectively as well as increase their confidence in Welsh-medium and bilingual teaching methodologies. The School of Welsh at Cardiff University will offer provision at Higher, Entry and Foundation levels. For more information, click here.
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