Masters in Educational Practice – a unique award for teachers in Wales
The Masters in Educational Practice (MEP) provides a unique and exciting opportunity for new teachers in Wales to extend and enhance their professional knowledge, skills and practice. Since 2012 NQTs in maintained schools in Wales have had the opportunity to apply to follow this Masters programme as part of their early professional development. Fully funded by the Welsh Government, the MEP is highly practical, research-informed and grounded in the best professional experiences. It is delivered regionally across Wales by an alliance of Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities and the Institute of Education, University of London. The programme is supported by a network of External Mentors who are experienced, successful practitioners.
The objectives of the MEP are to allow participants to:
- extend and enhance professional practice to improve educational outcomes for young people
- develop and extend understanding of current thinking in relation to key professional learning areas
- develop and extend ability to analyse, critique and develop their own and others’ professional practice
- develop and deepen intellectual, organisational, personal, communication and professional skills
- engage in and learn to lead professional learning communities within and between schools
- plan and sustain professional development throughout their careers
The MEP places Wales at the forefront of teacher professional development within the UK and internationally. It is designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills required to mitigate the effects of socio-economic deprivation on educational achievement, improve learner outcomes and support a model of life-long improvement of professional practice.
Chepstow's headteacher Claire Price says: "I think the MEP is a really exciting introduction for Wales… ...Professional learning for teachers is one of the key drivers for school improvement, so this programme, starting with teachers right at the beginning of their career, is worth its weight in gold.”
The MEP supports teachers and schools in Wales in improving pedagogy and raising educational standards. MEP participants are allocated an External Mentor to support them throughout the programme. The blended learning programme is delivered via a VLE with high quality online resources and regional Learning Event days with other registered NQTs and mentors, giving a valuable opportunity to network and to share good practice. The content and assessment of the MEP programme are designed to support and enhance teaching and professional development, focusing on reflective practice, behaviour management, literacy and numeracy, reducing the impact of poverty on attainment, additional learning needs, child development, leading learning and action enquiry.
Normally the MEP will take three years to complete, with three or four modules per academic year, culminating in an action enquiry project / dissertation.