From this autumn, newly qualified teachers in Wales will have the opportunity to enrol on a unique Masters programme in Education which will be supported by a new one stop shop website which goes live today. The idea is to give new teachers some extra help as they embark upon their careers.
Education Minister Leighton Andrews says the new Masters in Educational Practice has been designed to drive up standards in schools and focus on three main priorities: literacy, numeracy and reducing the impact of poverty on attainment.
It will be funded by the Welsh Government.
We have created the MEP by working closely with the profession and listening to what they feel newly qualified teachers (NQT's) 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.
The NQT's will be supported by mentors, who will play a key role in the three year's of the degree programme. The new website 'Learning Wales' will pull together all relevant Welsh Government and Estyn documents for teachers onto one site. The Education Minister had this to say:
Learning Wales marks yet another step forward in our plan to improve standards in 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.
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