Seven questions about our Master's in Expert Teaching: Answered


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Emma Lark

Programme leader, Master's in Expert Teaching

Our Master’s in Expert Teaching is for educators looking for a fresh challenge to invigorate their practice.

On your path to expertise, you’ll explore the most relevant literature and research, translate learning into changes in teaching practice, and implement these changes in the classroom to have a positive impact on your pupil’s outcomes.

In this blog, we answer seven of the most common questions we’re asked by potential applicants, from flexibility to funding.

1. Is the Master’s in Expert Teaching programme for me?

This programme is designed for educators who have over two years’ teaching experience. This means our participants come from various levels of the sector, from classroom teachers and middle leaders through to assistant principals and senior leaders.

What our master’s participants have in common is a desire to improve their teaching practice using the best available evidence to inform their thinking, and a want to apply research in their own contexts.

You must be teaching a class regularly, as this will allow you to apply the new knowledge you’ve gained from the programme directly in the classroom, developing your practice as you learn.

2. How flexible is the programme structure and how can I fit it around my life?

We know how busy you are, so we’ve designed the programme to fit around your schedule, working closely to ensure you get the support you need in a way that compliments your daily teaching practice.

That’s not to say you won’t be challenged. To get the most out of your learning, you will need to set aside time to read, think, reflect, write and plan, but through a ‘little and often’ approach, this can be adjusted to your weekly schedule. Each of the modules are based around an evidence-informed change to your classroom teaching, so your learning will align with your regular workload.

You’ll have one-to-one coaching calls throughout the module to discuss your thinking, understanding and teaching with your coach. These are booked in with your coach directly at a time that works for you.

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3. What does a typical module look like?

The structure for each of the six modules starts with a ‘module conference', where you’ll begin exploring some of the key ideas, terminology and theories that will be used throughout the module.

That’s followed by a sense-making clinic, where you can discuss your initial reading and thoughts with a coach and your peers. With the support of your one-to-one coaching calls, you’ll come up with an evidence-informed change to your classroom practice for that module which, in turn, you’ll test and investigate.

At the end of each module you’ll submit an assignment that describes how your thinking and teaching has developed, with reference to your reading, research and reflections.

Each module is equally weighted and worth 30 credits towards your MA Expert Teaching award.

“It’s a Masters, it’s a big thing. But the way it’s structured feels like it’s absolutely perfect for the life of a teacher.”

- Chris, Master's participant

4. What if I haven’t studied in several years?

We understand it can be daunting to return to academic study. As well as the support you receive from coaches, there are also other aspects to the programme that will help support your development.

  • You will join a group of like-minded peers at similar points in their career.
  • You will have access to guidance on academic writing techniques, including referencing, through PMU, along with sessions on aspects of academic study.
  • Master’s participants also have access to our learning platform Canvas, containing further information and examples on each module.

5. Are there any reduced cost places and how can I be eligible for one?

You can study for a Master’s in Expert Teaching for the reduced cost of £7,000, which you may qualify for if you meet one the following criteria:

  • Your school or trust has previously invested in staff through our the Master’s in Expert Teaching programme.
  • The school you teach at is in an IDACI 4/5 area.

6. What are the payment and student finance options?

Over the course of the two-year programme, you (or your school/trust if they are funding or contributing) can make three payment instalments which are spread out over the duration of the programme to help even out the cost.

Many participants split the cost with their school or trust, whilst others access Student Finance England which opens in the summer.

You can find out more about how the government’s master’s loan eligibility here.

7. How much support do I need from my school?

Participants benefit most from this programme when supported by the senior leadership team across their school or trust. This includes:

  • Allowing you to attend conferences.
  • Signing contracts which allow you to participate.
  • Ideally, considering some additional ‘off-timetable’ time to dedicate to studying. For example, one period a week/fortnight.

Want to find out more?

The final deadline to join our 2021 Master's cohort is 8 June.

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