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British Council

British Council Cymru are seeking enthusiastic creative freelancers, teachers, and individuals with a passion for language and music to become Cerdd Iaith teacher-trainers.

Cerdd Iaith is British Council Wales’s powerful resource that uses music and drama to help primary school children learn languages including Welsh, English and Spanish.

We are creating a small ‘online’ team of drama and music trainers who can be trained by the British Council and Tim Riley, Cerdd Iaith Music Director. As the training is digital, you can be based anywhere in Wales.

Once your training is complete, your role as a Cerdd Iaith trainer will be to deliver dynamic and interactive online and in-person training sessions for primary school teachers. British Council Cymru recognises the value of your time and will remunerate you for your participation in the training plus pay travel expenses.

Your Cerdd Iaith sessions will equip you with the knowledge and skills to use creative new approaches to language learning and make the most of the multilingual Cerdd Iaith website and resources.

We welcome applicants with a passion for singing, as well as experience in teaching and or performing. While having some knowledge of other languages would be advantageous, fluency is not required. However, to excel in this role, you must be willing to learn and master a variety of songs in different languages. The languages covered in Cerdd Iaith include Welsh, German, French, and Spanish. It is important to note that the training program will focus on a specific set of songs, with no deviation from these selections.

This is an excellent opportunity to use your skills and equip yourself with the knowledge and techniques needed to effectively teach songs and drama games to their pupils. To succeed in this role, confidence, personability, and excellent communication skills are essential qualities. As well as possessing a great respect for teachers and the classroom environment.

If you love music, and possess teaching or performance experience, we encourage you to apply for the role of Cerdd Iaith Online Trainer. Join our team and be part of an exciting project that encourages teachers and their pupils to learn a new language together. 

Find out more information and download the application form below.

The deadline to apply is 16.30 BST on Monday, 3 July 2023. 


  • Training handbook and plan: A detailed training handbook and plan will be provided to guide you through the training process. 
  • Comprehensive Training: The training program includes both in-person and online sessions. It is important to note that learning the songs, as part of the preparatory work, will need to be done in advance 
  • Attendance Requirement: It is essential to attend both the in-person and online training sessions. 
  • Zoom Session Management Guide: As an online trainer, you will receive a comprehensive guide on how to manage Zoom sessions. 

Training Dates:

  • In-Person Training: On 25 July, we will provide a full-day in-person training session in Cardiff. For non-Cardiff residents, we understand the importance of accessibility and will cover your train fare and contribute to accommodation expenses. Please ensure to keep the receipts for reimbursement.
  • Online Training Sessions: On 2-3 August Following the in-person training, you will participate in two full morning online training sessions. The dates for these sessions will be provided to you. 
  • Observational Training: On 3 or 4 October, you will be required to attend a full-day online training session as an observer. 

Financial Information:

You will be paid as a freelancer, on receipt of an invoice:

Cardiff Residents:

  • Full-Day In-Person Training (9:00 am - 5:30 pm): You will receive £200 for this training session. Hot drinks, water and lunch will be provided.
  • Two Half-Day Online Training Sessions (9:00 am - 1:00 pm): You will receive £100 per session
  • Online Observation Day (9:00 am - 3:00 pm): You will receive £150 for this observational session.In addition to the above fees, you will receive an extra £100 to compensate for your travel time.

Financial Information - Non Cardiff Residents:

Non-Cardiff Residents (Traveling more than 1.5 hours to training):

  • In addition to the above fees, you will receive an extra £100 to compensate for your travel time. 

Expenses (Receipts and Invoices Required):


  • For participants living over 1.5 hours away from Cardiff, we can reimburse up to £170 for Bed and Breakfast (B&B) expenses. Alternatively, we offer a £50 contribution if you choose to stay with family or friends.


  • Train Fare Only: We will cover the cost of second-class train fares. To ensure the most cost-effective fare, we kindly request that you make the booking within three days of confirming your attendance on the course.

Please note that while want to be as fair as possible with the above fees and expenses, we need to maintain cost-effectiveness. Therefore, we regretfully cannot provide subsistence during the training period, nor can we reimburse for local transport costs.

Should you have any further questions or require clarification regarding the financial aspects, please do get in touch.


Fees – once the training is complete:

·        For each online training day you facilitate, you will be paid £200.

Application Process:

Application process:

To be considered for a place on the Cerdd Iaith training course please complete the application form, returning it to no later than midday, June 30.

If you have any questions, please take a look through the FAQs, and if your question is not answered, please get in touch by email

IT Requirements

To attend the online courses, as well as to facilitate Cerdd Iaith online training as a freelancer, it will be necessary for you to have your own computer/ PC, as well have reliable internet access.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cerdd Iaith Training Role:

  • Q: What if I am unable to attend the specified dates?
  • A: If you are unavailable for the specified dates, we still encourage you to complete the application form. Please indicate clearly that you are not available for these dates but would like to be kept informed of future opportunities.
  • Q: Can I attend only the online dates or the in-person date?
  • A: Attendance is required for both the online and in-person sessions.
  • Q: Can I submit my CV instead of filling out the application form?
  • A: In order to be considered, it is necessary to complete the application form in full. We appreciate your time and effort in providing the requested information.
  • Q: I only speak English and no other languages. Can I still apply?
  • A: While the training may be more suited to individuals with some knowledge of another language, it is not imperative. The training program will focus on a specific set of songs, and you will receive training accordingly. Please state your language abilities in the application form.
  • Q: English or Welsh is not my first language. Can I still apply?
  • A: Fluency in English is necessary to become a Cerdd Iaith trainer, but it does not need to be your first language. Please indicate your language abilities in the application form.
  • Q: Can I claim the accommodation contribution if I am staying with friends or relatives?
  • A: We have allocated a £50 contribution for individuals staying with friends or relatives.
  • Q: Can I claim mileage instead of train fare?
  • A: Our travel policy adheres to the guidelines of British Council Cymru, and as such, we can only reimburse second-class train fares. Additionally, we kindly request that you make the train booking within three days of confirming your attendance on the course to ensure the most cost-effective fare.


We hope the FAQs address your concerns. If you have any further questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Thank you for your interest in Cerdd Iaith.