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Welsh universities to offer NQT masters programme

20/04/2012 Joanna
A consortium of Welsh universities is set to provide the new masters programme for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in the country.

Aberystwyth, Bangor and Cardiff Universities as well as the Institute of Education won their collective bid to run the courses.

Following the announcement in November last year that NQTs in Wales were to be offered the chance to enrol in a masters programme, the Welsh government opened the course's provision to tender.

The three-year, part-time Masters in Educational Practice (MEP) has been established to further the professional development and education of teachers in Wales and will be carried out through activities and research rather than traditional academic teaching.

All NQTs studying for the masters will focus on literacy and numeracy, as well as cutting the influence of poverty on educational achievement. These three areas have all been named as national priorities by minister for education Leighton Andrews.

After receiving bids from a range of institutions, the Department for Education and Skills in Wales announced that the consortium was the successful bidder.

The four institutions will now be responsible for all elements of the MEP.

Mr Andrews congratulated the institutions on their successful bid and said he was looking forward to seeing the new programme delivered.

The minister has made the new qualification a cornerstone of his drive to raise teaching standards in Wales.

"As I have said previously, we need to raise standards of performance across the board in Wales so our learners can reach their potential," he said.

"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 will help us achieve that."

The course will not be compulsory but a move to make it a mandatory part of teaching qualification in Wales could be taken following an evaluation of its success.

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