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How do you get a teaching job in Wales

How do you get a teaching job in Wales?

Kirsty Osman from Cardiff University discusses how to get a teaching job in Wales and the priority subjects identified by the Welsh government.

This article has been written in partnership with AGCAS.

A growth in Welsh-medium education has led to a demand for Welsh speaking teachers in both primary and secondary schools.

You will need to train towards getting your qualified teacher status (QTS) in order to get a teaching job in a primary or secondary school in Wales. You can do this through university based courses such as the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), the new salaried PGCE route or the part-time PGCE route.

Once you have completed this initial stage you will need to register with the Education Workforce Council and you will complete a comprehensive induction as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). To teach further, higher, or adult education, alternative qualifications are needed.

Shortage subjects and recruitment trends in Wales

The Welsh Government provides financial incentives for training in certain secondary subjects in which there is a shortage of teachers – namely physics, chemistry, mathematics, Welsh, ICT and modern foreign languages. Positions in primary schools in Wales are extremely competitive and it is common for recent graduates to be on temporary contracts, or to do supply work, before obtaining their first permanent post. A growth in Welsh-medium education has led to a demand for Welsh speaking teachers in both primary and secondary schools.

Funding for initial teacher training in further education

If you want to train to work in further education (FE), such as in a college or sixth form, you may be able to get additional funding from the Welsh government. If you are planning to study for a PGCE (FE) course, speak to the course provider for further information on what financial support you may be eligible for.

How and when do you apply for teaching jobs in Wales?

You will need to keep an eye out for vacancies from January in the year that you qualify with QTS. It is common for trainee teachers to apply directly to schools they are interested in, and some local education authorities recruit directly from their databases of newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Vacancies are also advertised through:

Applications for teaching posts normally consist of filling in a form or registering on an online system before an interview, which could involve teaching a lesson, speaking to pupils and a panel interview.

For information on the teaching pay scales in Wales, see the NASUWT website.

Written by Kirsty Osman, Cardiff University

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