Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews is aiming to raise standards among those in teaching jobs in the country with the launch of a new Masters in Education Practice (MEP).
The MEP, which is not yet mandatory, is designed to give newly qualified teachers (NQTs) assistance in tackling three main priorities: literacy, numeracy and reducing the impact of poverty on attainment.
A further three core areas - additional learning needs, behaviour management and reflective practice - have been identified, while child development, leading learning and action enquiry will also all be covered.
Coinciding with the start of the new course, the Welsh Government is also launching 'Learning Wales', a website which will contain a variety of supporting materials.
Commenting on the development of the qualification, Mr Andrews said: "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."
An alliance between Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities, along with the Institute of Education at the University of London, has been awarded the contract to accredit, deliver and award the qualification, while a number of people with experience in education teaching jobs have been called upon to act as mentors to the NQTs.
"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," Mr Andrews said.
"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."
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