New upskilling programme for post-primary teachers in Spanish

We are delighted to see more progress in the context of Languages Connect: Ireland’s Foreign Languages in Education strategy with the announcement by The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris of post-graduate courses in Spanish for teachers. This is in the context of the Teacher Supply Action Plan and one of the goals of the foreign languages strategy which is to strive for a greater diversification of languages typically on offer in schools, and to increase uptake of languages on the curriculum.  The Higher Diploma in Spanish for teaching will be available from January through UCC . The programmes are open to registered post-primary teachers irrespective of employment status. Teachers cannot already be registered in the subject in which they are intending to upskill. Other than a deposit, refundable to the participating teacher on completion of the programme, places will be provided free of charge and prioritised for teachers who are unemployed, not in full employment, and those teaching the subject “out of field”. Funding is being made available to support two intakes of students, commencing in January 2021 with the second intake in January 2022.