Responding to the launch of the Masters in Educational Practice (MEP) by the Welsh Government today, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Wales, said:
“The reality of the situation is that the Department for Education and Skills has struggled to find mentors to support the masters, much-needed money has been diverted away from supporting the induction of new teachers in schools and well over half of newly qualified teachers have decided to opt-out of the programme.
“If the masters is to be a success, it will need to be monitored closely to ensure that the qualification genuinely supports teachers to develop their practice and that adequate time and support is provided to undertake it.
“The NASUWT will be monitoring closely the provision to support members undertaking the masters.”
Rex Phillips, NASUWT Wales Organiser, said:
“Today’s announcement is more about spin than substance.
“Regrettably, this is yet another example of the Minister thinking that he knows best, but failing to appreciate the practicalities of introducing a new initiative.
“Understandably, many newly qualified teachers are focused on finding their feet at the start of their careers in what is a very demanding profession and this explains why over half of newly qualified teachers have decided to opt out of the masters.
“The NASUWT supports moves to enhance professional development for teachers, and hopes that the qualification has the substance and support that teachers who are pursuing it need and deserve.”
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