Launching the Welsh Sabbatical Scheme
On Thursday 13 October 2011 the School of Welsh launched its contribution to the Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme in Aberdare Hall, Corbett Road, where the Education Minister, Leighton Andrews gave a keynote address.
The Welsh language Sabbatical Scheme is a course designed for teachers, lecturers and classroom assistants who want to raise the standard of their Welsh and gain confidence in using the language.
It is hoped the £6M scheme will increase the supply of practitioners able to teach and train through the medium of Welsh in statutory and post-16 education.
The School contributed to the successful pilot scheme which began in 2005, with a team of experienced language tutors providing courses for secondary and primary school teachers and lecturers from FE colleges.
The latest round of funding will allow the programme to be rolled-out to further locations, with a range of courses at different levels and new modes of learning benefiting an extra 648 people.The School of Welsh will deliver Foundation-level and Entry-level courses in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, and Higher-level courses in Cardiff and the south east region.
The Higher level course provided by the School of Welsh is now a Cardiff University accredited qualification, while the Entry and Foundation level courses will be accredited by the WJEC.
Those who are fluent Welsh speakers and aim to teach through the medium of Welsh, as well as primary teachers who wish to improve their language skills, can take part in the course along with classroom assistants who need the skills to support their colleagues. The provision is free – the Welsh Government pays for supply cover as well as all travel and accommodation costs.
The launch was also an opportunity to celebrate past successes. The Minister also presented certificates to practitioners who qualified with Cardiff University over the past two years.