Learning Wales helps Master's teachers


An online "one-stop shop" for teachers has been launched as part of the Welsh government's drive to boost standards.

The website, called Learning Wales, offers the latest teaching materials, ministerial announcements, news and notice of upcoming events.

Designed as a resource for everyone working in education, it also aims to support NQTs and those taking the new Master’s in educational practice (MEP).

The three-year programme is designed to strengthen standards of teaching and focuses on the Welsh government’s priorities of literacy, numeracy and reducing the impact of poverty.

All NQTs working in Wales who have just begun their induction are eligible for the MEP, which is funded by the Welsh government. 

Launching the qualification, 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.”

Modules range from behaviour management to leadership and while the majority of the programme plays out in school, NQTs will be released to attend associated learning days.

The MEP forms part of a wider 20-point improvement plan introduced by Mr Andrews to raise performance in the nation’s schools. The qualification is set to be evaluated before any decision is made to make it compulsory.

The MEP will be run jointly by the universities of Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Bangor, and the University of London’s Institute of Education.

Professor Amanda Coffey of 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 have from October 8 to November 30 to apply. For details, visit www.learning.wales.gov.uk


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