How do you get a teaching job in Wales?

Cathy Taylor from the University of West London discusses how to get a teaching job in Wales and the priority subjects identified by the Welsh government.


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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 in 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). The induction period is three full school terms, or equivalent. If you are working part time or on short-term supply contracts, you will need to complete a minimum of 380 sessions. From September 2021 all NQTs (including those on supply) are entitled to support from a trained induction mentor.

Once registered with the EWC, school and FE teachers can track their professional development through the Professional Learning Passport , an online tool that can be used to showcase your achievements and experience to prospective employers.

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 – such as biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, Welsh, ICT and modern foreign languages. The amount of funding available is based on the candidate’s qualification level. For more information, see ITE priority subject incentives: guidance for students .

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.

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.

Salaries for teachers in Wales

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

This article was last updated August 2021.

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