Datblygu Proffesiynol Parhaus ac Adnoddau
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and Resources
Paid-for Welsh language sabbatical scheme
The Welsh Language Sabbaticals scheme allows teachers, lecturers and training providers to take time away from full time work to complete a course providing intensive language tuition and guidance on preparing Welsh medium teaching resources. All supply and travel costs are met by the scheme.
Sabbatical courses are run at Bangor University and Cardiff University and there is also the option of studying by distance learning. Participants can either be permanent or supply teachers and must be fluent or fairly fluent.
The courses run for 60 days during term time so participants will need to be released from their posts for the full three-months. The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) pays for the cost of a supply teacher for the period, the course fees and also funds the travel cost of the course participant. Those who are not within travel distance of Bangor or Cardiff may apply for accommodation from Monday to Friday, again funded by WAG.
Testaments from two FE tutors who recently completed the course are available from here. One is a first-language fluent Welsh speaker who wanted to be able to support Welsh-speaking Engineering Apprentices in the classroom. The other learnt Welsh later in life and wanted in particular to improve her written Welsh to enable her to assess students through the medium of Welsh.
For further information on the Scheme - as well as a host of Welsh language resources, visit: www.wales.gov.uk/sabbaticalsscheme
Olympics & Paralympics: Educational Resources
Educational resources for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 are available at www.london2012.com/get-involved/education. The Federation of Disability Sport Wales has committed that each school that registers will be offered a visit by a Welsh member of Team GB.