Cynllun Colegau Cymru was a framework for teaching Welsh as a second language to trainees studying primary teacher training courses (BA/BEd and PGCE), which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Cynllun Colegau Cymru was studied across all three centres that provide Initial Teacher Training (ITT), namely:
- The North and Mid Wales Centre of Teacher Education (Aberystwyth University and Bangor University).
- The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education (University of Wales: Trinity St David’s).
- The South East Wales Centre for Teacher Education and Training (Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales).
The Welsh language skills level of these prospective teachers was assessed through a number of specific assessments during the training period. Every student was expected to keep a portfolio of these assessments. At the end of the training period, students studying initial teacher training courses were awarded a Certificate noting their attainment level (Step 1 – Step 3).
Furthermore, a collection of valuable resources was developed to support this scheme. These resources could be of assistance to anyone teaching a language in the classroom.