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New and unique Masters in Education puts Wales top of the class

24 September 2012


Education Minister, Leighton Andrews today (Monday 24th September) met Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) who have expressed an interest in a new Masters programme, which will place Wales at the international forefront of teacher professional development.

Registration will open for the Welsh Government’s flagship Masters in Educational Practice (MEP) from next week, but NQTs have been able to express an interest since the start of term.

The MEP has been designed to drive up standards in our schools and focuses on the Education Minister’s three national priorities; literacy, numeracy and reducing the impact of poverty on attainment.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Chepstow Comprehensive to meet the NQTs, the Education Minister, Leighton Andrews said:

“In order to raise standards and performance in schools across Wales we need to be developing highly skilled teachers, who are experienced and confident in the classroom, and are able to deliver effective teaching as a result.

“We have created the MEP by working closely with the profession and listening to what they feel NQTs need. With more in-depth professional experience, we are delivering a programme that is unique to Wales and will put us at the forefront of teacher professional development in the UK and internationally.”

Funded by the Welsh Government, the programme has been designed to be highly practical, drawing heavily on teachers’ own experience in the classroom and their on-going professional development. Modules range from Behaviour Management to Leadership.

The NQTs will be supported by mentors, who are experienced practitioners or individuals with recent and relevant experience in educational practice. The Mentors will have a key role in supporting NQTs throughout their Induction year and the three years of the Masters programme; they will provide high-quality support, advice and coaching in order to enable NQTs to develop their practice.

The MEP is being accredited, delivered and awarded by an HEI alliance of Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities and the Institute of Education, University of London, and will lead to a Cardiff University masters award.

Professor Amanda Coffey, Deputy Director of the Cardiff School of Social Sciences, and leading on the MEP for Cardiff University said:

”The MEP programme will provide a unique opportunity for NQTs in Wales to gain access to high quality resources and mentoring to enhance their classroom practice.  NQTs and their schools will benefit from a rich and supportive programme, informed by the very latest research evidence.”

The NQTs will also be supported by a new online platform available on the new Learning Wales website. The site is a resource for all learning practitioners, designed as a “one-stop shop” of essential information crucial to their role, and will go live today (Monday 24th September).

The Learning Wales site will pull together all relevant Welsh Government and Estyn documents for teachers into one site. The site will also contain high quality research documents to improve teaching skills, and a news section with the latest announcements, Ministerial statements, consultations and events for teachers.

The Education Minister said:

“Learning Wales marks yet another step forwards in our plan to improve standards in our schools. The site will help teachers stay informed and help them stay ahead of the game.

“Wales has many excellent teachers, but we want to ensure they can share their best practice and develop their skills. With these tools we can make a real difference in our schools.”

Registration for this year’s MEP is open to NQTs from 8th October until the 30th November 2012.

In line with best practice for new websites, Learning Wales will be launched in beta. This allows the site to be adapted to reflect on the feedback from the education profession. New content will be launched in stages throughout the next academic year.

You can visit Learning Wales at

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