Explore and learn about what it is like to teach in Wales. From video insights to practical benefits and salary expectations, the help and guidance here will support you in your next steps in starting or furthering your teaching career.
  • Why teach?

    Why teach?

    As teachers will tell you, there’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ day at work. No two days are the same and you’re unlikely ever to be bored by a lack of variety. It’s also a career that offers great benefits, and with an exciting new curriculum on the way in Wales you’ll have the freedom to use your ideas and a wide range of skills to inspire your pupils.

    Make a difference and inspire the next generation

    You may remember a truly brilliant teacher from school who made a real difference to your life. As a teacher you can use your knowledge and passion for learning to help children unlock capabilities and talents that they didn’t even know they had. You too will develop a wide range of transferable skills for yourself in the process.

    In addition to planning and teaching a range of engaging lessons, you can pass on your hobbies and interests as part of your work and by getting involved in after-school clubs, trips or sport.

    Children and young people are exciting and unpredictable. They are the future. Working with them as a teacher is never dull! Making sure that every individual has access to a quality education and the opportunity to succeed is incredibly rewarding.

    A career for the future

    As well as job satisfaction, teaching also offers great employment prospects and job security.

    70% of newly qualified teachers are still in the profession after five years.

    And, once you qualify, there are lots of chances for good teachers to climb the career ladder

    A competitive salary and great benefits

    You will also earn a competitive salary and have access to a wealth of other benefits – from a generous pension to up to 13 weeks of holiday allowance. So you can look forward to a career that is both personally and financially rewarding.

    Financial support while you train

    As a trainee teacher in Wales you may be able to access funding and support while you are training. This will vary depending on where and how you train, and which subject you are training to teach, as well as where you normally live and your personal circumstances. To find out what you are eligible for, contact your Student Finance Company.

    Spotlight on Education: Careers Wales

    You can become a teacher at different stages in your life and there are various routes you can take to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It can be completed as part of a degree, straight after a degree, as a part-time course alongside work or as a full time course after working in another sector.

    The education sector is constantly changing as it responds to new government policies, and the development of new teaching and learning theories and methods. Be prepared to be both an educator and a learner, throughout your life.

    Head over to the Careers Wales website. It includes facts and information on the current employment status in education in Wales.


    • 9.6% of the total workforce in Wales is employed in Education.
    • 1 in 10 Welsh workers work in the education sector.
    • Wales needs more...
      • Higher Education Lecturers
      • Primary School Teachers
      • Secondary School Teachers
      • Managers in Education
      • Further Education Lecturers
      • And much more......


  • What teaching offers?

    What can teaching offer you?


    • Excellent progression opportunities allowing you to fulfil your ambitions
    • Allows you to use your degree knowledge or area of specialism
    • A stimulating profession
    • Exceptional rewards of working with young people
    • Real variety on a day to day basis that few other professions can match

    Combined, these factors show why teaching is such a rich and rewarding career where you can really make a difference for future generations.

  • Why Wales?


    Thinking about coming to Wales to teach? Due to living costs, your wage will get you further here in Wales compared to other areas within the UK. As well as paying less for living costs, you will also have a higher standard of living.

    Take a look on the following link to see everything Wales has to offer.


    The new Curriculum for Wales

    This is an exciting time to become a teacher in Wales. From 2020 our new curriculum will be creating a successful and exciting future for our children and young people. The new curriculum has been developed by teachers supported by external experts, with the intention of creating young people who by the age of 16 are:

    • ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
    • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
    • ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
    • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

    These Four Purposes of the new curriculum will underpin all teaching and learning in Wales.
    The new curriculum will apply to all 3 to 16-year-olds and will be organised into six ‘Areas of Learning and Experience’ which transcend traditional subject boundaries.. .. Learning will be more authentic, and teachers will be able to relate knowledge, skills and experiences to their pupils’ context. Meanwhile Literacy, numeracy and digital competence will apply across the whole curriculum alongside opportunities to develop wider skills and Cwricwlwm Cymreig. Learning will be a continuous experience, building progressively as children and young people grow and mature..

    This new teacher-led curriculum is optimistic and progressive. It will give teachers more autonomy to implement innovative and exciting learning experiences for all their pupils.

    Keep in touch with Wales’ new curriculum developments at: https://curriculumforwales.gov.wales/


    Are you fed up of your commute home and wish you could spend your time doing something more exciting? In Wales you could be out of the classroom and close to a beach/golf course/mountain bike trail or even on a zip-wire!

    If you live and work in Wales you could be visiting one of our 641 castles, taking in our spectacular locations – from 1200kms of coastline to mountain tops, buzzing commercial centres to lavish country estates and you could be putting on your walking boots and spending your weekends at one of our three National Parks (Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast or the Brecon Beacons). Find out more about what Wales has to offer by visiting www.visitwales.com



  • 21st Century schools

    21st Century schools

    If you decide to teach in Wales you could be working in one of a number of 21st Century schools.

    The 21st Century Schools and Education Programme is a unique collaboration between the Welsh Government (WG), the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and local authorities.

    It is a major, long-term and strategic capital investment programme with the aim of creating a generation of 21st century schools in Wales. The programme will focus resources on the right schools in the right places, for early years through to post-16.

    Much more than a building programme - it is a major, long-term and strategic capital investment programme. Its aim is to create educational communities fit for the 21st century in Wales.


    Interested to learn more? Follow the below links to learn about schools across Wales who have already been transformed to a 21st Century School.

  • Professional standards

    As we move closer to the realisation of the new curriculum for Wales, Welsh Government is accelerating the pace to develop a National Approach to Professional Learning. The national approach aligns the professional standards, the Schools as Learning Organisations approach, and professional learning model, to create a vision fit for the evolving education system in Wales. To learn more, visit the ‘Professional Development’ area on the new Hwb website for educational professionals, which highlights how professional learning is changing to meet the needs of the new curriculum featuring podcasts, animators and research to bring the national approach to life.

    New Professional Standards

    The new standards concentrates on the following elements that all teachers come across;

    • Pedagogy
    • Collaboration
    • Leadership
    • Innovation
    • Career-long professional learning

    These new professional standards will replace 55 standards with five standards.

    Their aim is to;

    • Inspire, challenge and support every practitioner
    • Provide greater support to new entrants and provide greater continuity between ITE, induction and continued development throughout a teacher’s career
    • Help teachers work together in order to provide all learners with excellent teaching and learning opportunities
    • Help develop all teachers’ leadership skills and support them through the education system

    The standards will apply to all serving teachers and leaders by September 2018 and ITE programmes form September 2019.


    Click here to download a copy of the Professional Standards.

    Download Documents below

    An introduction to the professional standards for teaching and leadership
    Professional standards for school practitioners in Wales

  • Pay & conditions

    Pay and conditions

    Teachers’ Pay

    As a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in Wales you can expect to receive a starting salary of at least £22,467 during the 2016/17 academic year.

    As schools are responsible for setting their own pay policies, they have the freedom to decide how they will reward teachers who possess valuable skills and experience relevant to their role, or who display exceptional performance. Teachers’ pay is no longer linked to length of service, but rather to performance, meaning that your salary could increase faster than ever before.

    Teachers’ pay is reviewed annually across both England and Wales. The maximum and minimum points of all teachers’ pay ranges, for the 2016/17 academic year, are shown below. Schools are responsible for determining the points that fall between the maxima and minima; more detail will be contained in their pay policies.


    Maximum           £108,283

    Minimum            £44,102

    Leading practitioners

    Maximum           £59,264

    Minimum            £38,984

    Classroom teachers

    Maximum           £38,250

    Minimum            £22,467

    Unqualified teachers

    Maximum           £26,034

    Minimum            £16,461

    Other benefits

    You may be able to take advantage of the following benefits as a teacher in Wales, in addition to your basic salary:

    • A generous pension, by becoming a member of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme;
    • 24/7 access to an all-Wales online community, where you can access and share resources with other education professionals;
    • A range of Continuing Professional Learning opportunities relevant to your role;
    • Various opportunities to further your career, by taking steps up the ladder;
    • You could be rewarded with a teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payment on top of your basic salary, if you take on additional responsibilities as a teacher. This additional payment could be between £2,640 and £12,898 per annum;
    • Individual schools may also offer recruitment and retention incentives for some teaching posts;
    • If you work as a qualified teacher with pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Additional Learning Needs (ALN), you could be eligible for a SEN allowance of no less than £2,085 and no more than £4,116 per annum;
    • Perhaps most importantly, you will also enjoy some fantastic non-financial benefits as a teacher – including feeling a great sense of satisfaction knowing that you have made a difference and inspired the next generation.
    • Generous holidays. 




  • Reducing Workload
    Reducing Workload: A Guide for Teachers and Headteachers

    A guide was launched recently aimed at reducing the workload of teachers in Wales. In every area of Wales an awareness session for Heads has been provided. A copy of the presentation can be seen here. To download the guide, visit the Estyn website via this link.
    Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says,"We are determined to give teachers more time to do what they do best: planning and teaching the best possible lessons for their pupils."
    Kirsty Williams is very supportive of this guide, noting, "This new guide, developed with a range of partners, will help teachers get on with teaching so we can continue to raise standards."

  • Cross-Regional Projects
    Cross-Regional Projects

    Wales' four regional consortia have come together to manage 9 cross-regional projects to improve the outcomes for all learners in Wales. 

    1) Improving Feedback and Reducing Workload

    2) Leadership Development

    3) Discover Teaching

    4) Improving Standards

    5) Communications

    6) Post-16 Learning

    7) Curriculum for Wales

    8) Welsh Think Tank

    9) Professional Learning

    Cross-Regional Flyer

    Cross-Regional Poster


    Cross-Regional Blog

    May 2018
    July 2018