The Masters in Educational Practice (MEP) is a practice-based Masters programme designed to enhance and support the teaching practice and professional development of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) in Wales.

Key facts

  • Cost: Free, Welsh Government fully funded and available to all NQTs in Wales
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Number of modules: 7
  • Programme delivery: Online
  • Number of on-site days: 8

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Programme aims

The MEP is designed around the every-day experiences encountered by all teachers and will help those new to the profession to develop and apply current educational thinking to improve their own classroom practice and outcomes for learners.

The programme covers key professional learning areas identified as priorities for NQTs by the Welsh Government:

  • Behaviour Management
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Reducing the Impact of Poverty on Attainment
  • Additional Learning Needs
  • Child Development
  • Reflective Practice
  • Leading Learning
  • Action Enquiry

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Programme overview

The MEP places Wales at the forefront of teacher professional development within the UK and internationally. The MEP will 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.

The MEP will enable participants to

  1. Extend and enhance professional practice to improve educational outcomes for children and young people
  2. Develop and extend understanding of current thinking in relation to key professional learning areas
  3. Develop and extend ability to analyse, critique and develop their own and others’ professional practice
  4. Develop and deepen intellectual, organisational, personal, communication and professional skills
  5. Engage in and learn to lead professional learning communities within and between schools
  6. Plan and sustain professional development throughout their careers

Participants are provided with high quality resources, mentoring support, and opportunities to engage with other NQTs and lead professionals to share good practice.

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Programme delivery

Online modules
Programme modules are delivered online via Learning Central, Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment.  Students are required to engage in a number of online formative and summative tasks which will support learning and development through the programme.Sample learning module – Classroom ManagementClassroom Management is a sample topic taken from the 1st year Behaviour Management module of the Masters in Educational Practice.
All MEP students are provided with a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) mentor throughout the duration of the programme.  The mentoring relationship is based on maintaining a reflective and constructively critical dialogue with students about their development throughout the programme.
Learning events

For each module there is a compulsory one-day learning event where a module is launched by the module leaders.  These events provide students with key module information and also serve as an opportunity for dialogue between students, mentors and academics.  Learning Events are delivered regionally across Wales, normally one in each of the regional consortia areas.

  • Year 1 – 3 learning events
  • Year 2 – 2 learning events
  • Year 3 – 3 learning events

Financial support for NQT learning event release time

Funding is available by the Welsh Government for NQT release time for MEP activities:

  • Year 1 – Funding is provided for all NQTs for 10% non contact time as part of their statutory induction.  Headteachers are encouraged to use
    this funding to cover any supply teaching costs incurred through MEP release time
  • Year 2/3 – Funding is provided to cover any supply teaching costs incurred through MEP release time

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Programme modules

Year 1

Module Title Assignment type Credits
SIT801 Introduction to Teachers’ Professional Enquiry Coursework 15*
SIT802 Behaviour Management Coursework 15*
SIT800 Child and Adolescent Learning and Development (0-19) Coursework 15*


Year 2

SIT809 Developing Literacy and Numeracy across the curriculum Coursework 30 January
SIT810 Overcoming the impact of poverty on pupil attainment and developing inclusive approaches Coursework 30 April

Year 3

SIT807 Leadership Coursework 15* Late November
SIT808 Action Inquiry Project / Dissertation Dissertation 60** MarchJune

*All 15 credit module assessments will equate to no more than 3,000 words

*The 60 credit Action Based Inquiry Project module will be based on your classroom experience and will equate to 15,000 words. This module will be launched at the end of the first year but not submitted until the end of the programme. As well as support from a mentor, students will be assigned a supervisor who will support them through their project.

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More information

For more information please contact the MEP:

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