Work in the region
Are you looking for a teaching or leadership post with a difference?
We understand that in order to attract the best practitioners and leaders, we need to provide the best opportunities and we believe that the Central South Wales region offers this and more.
From a bustling capital city (voted Britain’s most sociable city) and other towns within easy reach, to lush valleys and mountains, peaceful rural villages and a rugged coastline, our diverse region is sure to offer something for everyone. You’ll benefit from a high standard of living in a desirable and affordable place to work, live and enjoy.
With over 380 schools serving more than a third of learners in Wales, we have a wealth of opportunities for talented practitioners to make a real impact on the lives of children and young people across Cardiff, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and the Vale of Glamorgan. Why not come and join us?
Could the Central South Wales region be the next destination on your career journey?
We are seeking talented teachers, teaching assistants and leaders to work in schools across our region right now!
Are you able to speak Welsh?
Would you like to return home to teach in Wales?
How about an exciting move to the Central South Wales region?
We are fortunate to have excellent Welsh medium schools who are looking for Welsh speaking practitioners right now!
Central South Consortium will help you with professional learning to support your own Welsh language development as well as getting you up to date with Curriculum for Wales and associated reforms.
In exchange for your knowledge, skills and experience, we will provide…
Support from Central South Consortium (one of Wales’ regional school improvement consortia) from Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and becoming an NQT, to career development at all stages, including middle and senior leadership, headship and beyond.
An extensive professional learning offer to keep you up to date on key areas of reform, such as the new Curriculum for Wales, to develop your practice and enhance your future career prospects.
Opportunities to collaborate and share practice with other practitioners across the region as part of our self-improving school system, the Central South Wales Challenge (CSWC).
Professional learning and support to develop your own Welsh language skills.
Where can I find current school vacancies in the Central South Wales region?
Vacant posts are advertised via E-Teach for each individual local authority:
Visit Educators Wales to discover what training and recruitment opportunities are available: www.educators.wales/jobs
Living in the Central South Wales region
Things to See and Do
Wherever you are in the Central South Wales region, you are always within easy reach of Cardiff, thanks to excellent road and rail links. In Wales’ capital, you can enjoy a rich and varied cultural environment including provision at centres such as the New Theatre, the St David’s Centre and the Cardiff International Arena. There is also the Principality Stadium which is widely regarded as one of the best sporting and entertainment venues in the world. Cardiff Castle is located in the heart of the city and enjoys a history spanning nearly 2,000 years. The castle is one of Wales' leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance.
There is also Europe's Largest Waterfront Development in Cardiff Bay. Transformed by the Cardiff Barrage that impounds the Rivers Taff and the Ely a massive fresh-water lake has been created. Cardiff Bay is home to a number of attractions such as Techniquest Science Discovery Centre - ideal for all the family, Craft in the Bay, The Welsh Government Building at the Pierhead, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Goleulong 2000 Lightship, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the Wales Millennium Centre, a stunning international arts centre.
If you love walking you couldn’t come to a better place. But it’s not just walkers who will enjoy our spectacular views. If you prefer a less energetic approach to appreciating the great outdoors, you’re also in luck. We have some of the highest main roads in the United Kingdom, with viewpoints at all the summits, and sweeping vistas of the picturesque Brecon Beacons and the sea. The Glamorgan Heritage Coast stretches for 14 miles from Barry to Porthcawl. With plunging cliffs, tiny secluded coves and breathtaking views make the Heritage Coast a must for walkers, cyclists or anyone with a love of the countryside. The whole coastline is fringed with delightful towns, small villages and miles of footpaths and country lanes. You are also close to the Gower Peninsula that is both beautiful and unspoilt.
Shopping and Going Out
There are a large variety of shops throughout the Central South Wales region, everything from craft and gift shops to town centre stores; retail parks in Cyfarthfa, Merthyr, Talbot Green, Llantrisant and McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, Bridgend; traditional markets along with the cosmopolitan shopping of Cardiff itself. You will also find hotels, bars and restaurants to suit every taste. Fans of the performing arts are well catered for, too, with many theatres throughout the region.
There are plenty of museums and heritage sites to visit in Central South Wales, including St Fagans National Museum of History, Wales’s most popular heritage attraction, which explores Welsh history through people’s everyday lives and is situated in magnificent parkland featuring a collection of real historical buildings from across Wales reconstructed within the grounds. At the Rhondda Heritage Park in Trehafod, experience the great days of the nineteenth century coal boom, as well as its decline. For Pontypridd’s story, pay a trip to the Historical and Cultural Centre, and fact finders may also be interested to learn that the Welsh National Anthem, Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (Land of my Fathers), was composed here in 1856. It was also the birthplace of one Tom Jones!
You will find a wide range of housing solutions, from budget rental accommodation through to large detached executive homes. You’ll benefit from a high standard of living in a desirable and affordable place to work, live and enjoy.
Central South Consortium
Who are we?
The Central South Consortium (CSC) works on behalf of five local authorities in the South Wales region and with over 380 schools to deliver school improvement services. The region is the fastest growing region in Wales covering the capital city and economic heartland of Wales. Schools in the region serve a third of school aged children in Wales as well as both the most diverse and deprived communities of Wales. The region includes many outstanding schools and nothing is more critical to the people who live in this region than the quality of education that young people receive.
The Consortium’s role is to challenge and support schools in their work to improve educational outcomes.
Our mission is to enable schools to lead improvement, through the ‘Central South Wales Challenge’. Our approach is based on the premise that great practice exists in schools and our job is to find effective structures and systems for sharing and growing practice within and across schools.
Working with stakeholders from across the region, our vision at CSC is:
“Empowering schools to improve outcomes for all learners”
See our About Us pages for more information.
Find out more about Curriculum for Wales
Improving education is our national mission. Nothing is so essential as universal access to, and acquisition of, the experiences, knowledge and skills that our young people need for employment, lifelong learning and active citizenship.
For further information or an informal discussion, please contact:
Chris Newcombe, Principal Improvement Partner – Welsh Policy, Standards & Improvement