Masters in Expert Teaching


Course Location

National

Next start date

April 2019

Study Level

Postgraduate*

Costs

£6,000

Course Leader

Emma Lark

Course Length

2 Years

Study Mode

Part-time

Application Window

Now open


Masters in Expert Teaching


Location

National

Next start date

April 2019

Study Level

Postgrad.*

Costs

£6,000

Study Mode

Part-time

Course Length

2 Years

Applications

Now open


Introduction

We are fascinated by expertise and how professionals can keep getting better. As part of our work, we have studied how pilots, elite athletes and surgeons become experts in their fields. Expertise in these disciplines demands both rigour and fluency. Teaching is no different.

Introduction

We are fascinated by expertise and how professionals can keep getting better. As part of our work, we have studied how pilots, elite athletes and surgeons become experts in their fields. Expertise in these disciplines demands both rigour and fluency. Teaching is no different.

Our Masters in Expert Teaching will set participants on a path towards teaching expertise and drive improvements in pupil learning.









Core Principles

Participants will develop informed and intentional approaches to the most important components of teaching. By the end of the programme, they will be able to do the following with consistency and precision:

Evidence-informed:


We curate the best available research for you so you can ensure changes to your teaching practice are informed by evidence.

Practice-based:


The course content and design is entirely focused on your teaching practice in your classroom and context.

Ongoing assessment:


Assessment is ongoing throughout the course so you can focus on the activities which will help your students.

1-2-1 Expert coaching:


Your dedicated expert coach will support you to translate your chosen area of research into changes in your classroom practice.

What you'll learn and be able to do

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:

  • Use your understanding of psychology and neuroscience to accelerate your pupils’ learning
  • Build a refined and complex understanding of how your pupils learn their subject

Meet the team

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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 Lark

Fellow, Expert Teaching
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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.

Kyle Bailey

Fellow, Learning Design
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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.

Peps Mccrea

Dean, Learning Design
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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.

Nick Rose

Fellow, Learning Design

Meet the team

Our curriculum for expertise

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. Teachers 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: Representation


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.

Our curriculum for expertise

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 4: Representation


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 2: Assessment


An examination of the key concepts underpinning assessment theory. Teachers 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 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 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 6: Transfer


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

What will a typical term look like?

The Masters in Expert Teaching is designed to align with the busy working lives of teachers and each of the six, termly modules are made up of five phases.

Firstly, supported by your coach, you’ll explore and critque the most relevant literature and research on each module topic. You’ll then work to translate your learning into a change in your teaching practice, implement this change in your classroom and investigate its success by comparing actual and intended outcomes.

Finally, at the end of each module, you’ll have the opportunity to disseminate your learning to colleagues and peers.

The Masters in Expert Teaching is designed to align with the busy working lives of teachers and each of the six, termly modules are made up of five phases.

Firstly, supported by your coach, you’ll explore and critque the most relevant literature and research on each module topic. You’ll then work to translate your learning into a change in your teaching practice, implement this change in your classroom and investigate its success by comparing actual and intended outcomes.

Finally, at the end of each module, you’ll have the opportunity to disseminate your learning to colleagues and peers.

“The IfT has had a huge impact on our school improvement journey at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. 

Two of our senior leadership team have embarked upon the Masters in Expert Teaching and it has had a huge impact within their classrooms, but on a wider scale it has helped us to frame our school improvement programme, our teaching and learning philosophy and our approach to evidence based research.”

Helena Brothwell
Principal, Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, Mansfield

Benefit to your school

“The IfT has had a huge impact on our school improvement journey at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. 

Two of our senior leadership team have embarked upon the Masters in Expert Teaching and it has had a huge impact within their classrooms, but on a wider scale it has helped us to frame our school improvement programme, our teaching and learning philosophy and our approach to evidence based research.”

Helena Brothwell
Principal, Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, Mansfield

Support for you and your school

Is this course right for me?

This course is aimed at proficient, reflective and organised teachers with at least two years of quality classroom experience.

This course is for you if you:


  • Want your teaching to be informed by the best thinking and evidence from education systems around the world.

  • Want to reinvigorate your teaching practice and are seeking external support and challenge.

  • Are hoping to become an example of teaching expertise in your school.

Speak with the team

This course is for you if you:


  • Want your teaching to be informed by the best thinking and evidence from education systems around the world.

  • Want to reinvigorate your teaching practice and are seeking external support and challenge.

  • Are hoping to become an example of teaching expertise in your school.

Speak with the team

Selection criteria

Teachers suitable for the Masters in Expert Teaching will be:


  • Qualified teachers with at least two years of quality classroom experience. Contact our Talent Team to check your eligibility.

  • Strong classroom teachers, with exemplary classroom management and personal organisation skills.

  • Passionate about increasing the life chances of all pupils, hungry to improve their teaching practice, and highly receptive to feedback.

The application process

This course has a two-stage application process, supported by school references.

  1. Stage one – online application.
  2. Stage two – online assessment centre.

We are currently accepting  applications for April 2019 entry.

Apply now

Register your interest

Accreditation Partner

Our Masters course is accredited by Plymouth Marjon University*
*Subject to validation approval (due December 2018).

Course fees

The Masters in Expert Teaching costs £6,000 over two years. Participants and their schools may wish to arrange payment in one of three ways:

  • Fully paid by participant
  • Fully paid by school
  • Costs split by participant and school

Progression

Teachers who have graduated from this course may wish to consider our Fellows Course which will develop them from an expert teacher into an expert teacher educator.

They may also consider Teaching Leaders – a high potential middle leadership programme delivered by our partners at Ambition School Leadership.