School children singing


Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund

Exploring how music can help language learning

Ten primary schools in South Wales are taking part in a new project called Cerdd Iaith/Listening to Language, which is exploring how music can help language learning through rhyme, repetition and rhythm.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund is supporting British Council Wales with a £111,000 grant for the project,  and we are working with the schools and our partners BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW), University of Wales Trinity Saint David and school consortium ERW.

We are now halfway through the project, which has brought together musicians from BBC NOW and linguists to run workshops in schools in Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, developing a new and creative approach to learning Welsh, Spanish and English. Several trilingual pieces of music have been composed and form the basis of the language learning, with pupils simultaneously exploring links between Patagonia and Wales. 

  • During Summer term 2017, pupils will have the chance to communicate and share their learning with pupils in Welsh speaking schools in Patagonia.
  • British Council Wales is hoping to show that arts-based approaches can provide powerful support for children from disadvantaged backgrounds as they prepare for secondary school. 
  • A report on the pilot will be published in summer 2017.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s £1million Teacher Development Fund is a UK-wide initiative that helps teachers access high quality, sustained professional development and support effective arts-based practices in the primary classroom. 

What are the aims of Cerdd Iaith / Listening to Language?

  • To build teachers’ skills, knowledge, confidence and interconnectedness to maximise the impact of arts for young people.
  • To promote effective partnerships between school teachers, school leaders and arts/ cultural practitioners and organisations.
  • To explore how arts-based learning can help children make an easier move from primary to secondary school. 


Participating schools

Plascrug CP School, Aberystwyth 

Ysgol Gymunedol T. Llew Jones, Llandysul 

Ysgol y Castell, Kidwelly

Burry Port School

Pembrey Primary School

Llangennech Primary School

Ysgol Gynradd Felindre, Felindre, Swansea

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg LonLas, Swansea

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tan-y-lan, Swansea

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Gellionnen, Clydach, Swansea

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