Masters in Expert Teaching

Coronavirus update: Our 2020 cohort is going ahead and we are still welcoming applications and enquiries for this programme. 

The summer residential event will be adapted to be an online learning experience. 

Join our Masters in Expert Teaching to set yourself on a path towards teaching expertise. In each module, you’ll explore the most relevant literature and research in that area; translate your learning into changes in your teaching practice; implement these changes in the classroom and investigate their success.

Apply for our Masters in Expert Teaching programme

Applications are now open for our Masters in Expert Teaching programme. The final applications deadline is Tuesday 30 June. Please apply using our application portal by clicking the link below.

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Content Back to top

It’s not just what teachers know that’s important, but also how they translate that knowledge into action. This course will help you to develop informed and intentional approaches to the most important components of expert teaching:

Curriculum and Assessment

  • Represent and sequence the most important concepts and processes you teach in highly effective ways
  • Monitor and track pupil activity and infer learning from the most salient classroom data

Advanced Teaching

  • Anticipate consequences of multiple actions and events, select the highest leverage action, and regulate your own thinking and behaviour
  • Create the optimum conditions for learning and be able to catalyse it efficiently

Pupil Development

  • Develop and apply your understanding of cognitive science and psychology to accelerate your pupils’ learning
  • Build a refined and complex understanding of how your pupils learn their subject

Delivery Back to top

This course uses flexible online tools to enable distance learning and ensure that experienced teachers across the country can participate. It’s designed to fit around teachers’ busy lives and delivered in partnership with the University of St Mark & St John.

On this training course, you will benefit from:

  • Face-to-face conferences, where you can share learning and experiences with your peers and programme coaches.
  • Curated reading lists, ensuring changes to your teaching practice are informed by the best available research and evidence.
  • One-to-one coaching with an expert coach, to support you in developing your understanding and translating your learning into evidence-informed changes in your classroom practice.
  • Ongoing assessment, to help develop your thinking and make sure you can put learning into practice straight away.

Our assessment isn’t all long written assignments and exams. Our participants demonstrate how they’ve improved their practice by submitting 'artefacts' – including examples of resources and planning , as well as video/audio recordings

Modules Back to top

The modules on our Masters are run sequentially – one per school term.

Module 1: Consolidation
A broad introduction to the science of learning before a practical exploration of the techniques which can facilitate children building secure, durable knowledge of facts, concepts, vocabulary and skills.

Module 2: Assessment
An examination of the key concepts underpinning assessment theory. You'll then go on to scrutinise some contemporary tools and approaches to assessment and feedback that might be readily adapted to their subject and phase.

Module 3: Optimisation
An exploration of the nature and limitations of working memory, before exploring Cognitive Load Theory and the implications this has when teaching new facts, concepts, vocabulary and skills.

Module 4: Curriculum
Building on the content of Modules 1 and 3, this unit examines the evidence regarding instructional methods and approaches to explicit teaching which help students when they meet complex or abstract ideas.

Module 5: Motivation
Building on the content of Modules 1 and 2, this unit examines some of the evidence on whether attitudes, aspirations and behaviours influence pupil outcomes.

Module 6: Transfer
Finally, this unit examines the challenge of helping pupils to transfer knowledge and skills to novel problems and unfamiliar examples.

Why apply? Back to top

Turn experience into expertise
This course is for you if you want to invigorate your teaching practice and are looking for a fresh challenge. You’ll develop advanced teaching techniques and be empowered to make more deliberate decisions in the classroom.

Better understand your pupils
You’ll draw on cognitive science to find new ways to engage and motivate pupils and accelerate and consolidate their learning.

Explore curriculum and assessment
Represent and sequence important teaching concepts and processes effectively. Consider how best to infer learning by gathering the most salient classroom data.

Designed around you
We’ve designed this course to align with the busy lives of teachers using flexible online learning tools and regular touchpoints with coaches.

"The Masters in Expert Teaching programme is unlike any other I have come across. Its focus is on teaching excellence, not writing extended essays or dissertations."
Charlie, Key Stage 2 Teacher

Emma Lark: Emma leads the Masters in Expert Teaching. She trained as a secondary teacher with Teach First, and holds a Master’s degree in Maths and Physics from the University of Manchester. Emma has over 10 years’ experience working as teacher and teacher educator in challenging schools - most recently as a senior leader in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

Kyle Bailey: Kyle trained as a primary teacher and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. He has mentored for Teach for America and worked with Teach First on their curriculum and Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

Peps Mccrea: Peps is a former maths teacher and mathematics education lecturer. He has spent time advising the DfE, examining for the OU, and has authored Lean Lesson Planning and Memorable Teaching. Peps is a Fellow of the University of Brighton and the Young Academy.

Nick Rose: Nick entered the profession as a science teacher and has since worked as a Leading Practitioner for psychology and research and as a research specialist at Teach First. Nick is co-author of What Every Teacher Needs To Know About Psychology.

The Masters in Expert Teaching costs £6,000, which can be paid in three instalments over two years. Many of our participants arrange to share the cost of the course with their schools.

"As far as I’m concerned, teaching is all about being passionate, it’s about being reflective and it’s about always trying to be the very best that you can be. And, compared to every other Masters programme that I could see out there, this was the programme for me. In fact, it’s the programme for anyone that wants to be at the very top of their profession when it comes to teaching."
Thomas, Secondary Teacher

Next steps Back to top

If you're ready to submit an application, click here. If you have any questions or would like further information, please fill out this quick enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch. You can also book a meeting with our applicants team using Calendly.

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To apply for this course, you must be a qualified teacher with at least two years of quality, continuous classroom experience. You should have strong classroom management and personal organisation skills, be receptive to feedback and be hungry to improve.