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24 April 2012
Cardiff is one of four universities who have been successful in a bid to accredit, deliver and award Wales’ new Masters in Education Practice (MEP), which will help raise standards of teaching across Wales.
The University’s School of Social Sciences will work in partnership with Bangor University, Aberystwyth University and the Institute of Education to provide the three year part-time practice-based award for newly qualified teachers.
From September 2012 Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) will have the opportunity to follow this Masters programme alongside their Induction and Early Professional Development. Aimed at raising standards of performance, the MEP will support the development of highly skilled teachers who are able to deliver effective teaching and learning in the classroom.
Professor Amanda Coffey, Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching at the School of Social Sciences, who led the successful bid team said: "This is a significant development for the School of Social Sciences, and will add to our existing profile of masters provision and professional programmes. We are delighted to be awarded the contract to deliver this new flagship award, and look forward to working with the Welsh Government and our colleagues at Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities, and the Institute of Education, University of London".
The key elements of the Masters programme will be focussed on literacy; numeracy and reducing the impact of poverty on attainment –three national priorities of the Education Minister Leighton Andrews.
The Minister said: "I would like to congratulate all of the institutions involved on their joint bid and now look forward to seeing how they will deliver this new Masters programme.
"As I have said previously, we need to raise standards of performance across the board in Wales so our learners can reach their potential. A crucial part of this is ensuring we have highly skilled teachers who are able to deliver effective teaching and learning in the classroom. The new Masters in Educational Practice (MEP) will help us achieve that."
Vice Chancellor, Dr David Grant, said: "This is a significant award for the University and is testament to the standing of the School of Social Sciences for learning and teaching provision. We are looking forward to playing a key role in leading and delivering this new professional qualification."
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