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Am I eligible for the MTL?

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Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and some new heads of department taking up a post in 2009/10 or 2010/11 in schools in the North West or schools that are receiving National Challenge and other equivalent support can join the MTL now.

The masters in teaching and learning (MTL) is currenlty available to eligible teachers in specific schools. Eligibility is outlined below.

Eligibility criteria for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)

For 2010/11 the MTL is open to all NQTs taking up post from September 2009 in eligible schools in the north-west (NW) region. Outside the NW Government Office Region, the MTL is available in:

Independent schools, further education institutions, pupil referral units and sixth form colleges are excluded.

To be defined as an NQT for the purposes of MTL eligibility, a teacher must meet all of the criteria below at the time of starting the programme. Teachers must:

  • have successfully completed initial teacher training (ITT), but not necessarily skills tests, and have been awarded qualified teacher status (QTS) prior to commencing MTL
  • be fully registered as a qualified teacher by the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE)
  • start their statutory induction period in accordance with the Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) Regulations 2008 at an MTL eligible school (as outlined above) from 1 September 2009, and
  • have a contract for at least one term.

Newly appointed heads of department

For the purposes of MTL, a head of department (HoD) is a school teacher with responsibility for a curriculum area and for which they are in receipt of a teaching and learning responsibility (TLR). The HoD must hold qualified teacher status (QTS) to be eligible.

Eligibility for the HoDs Programme is the same across all Government Office Regions (GORs) and is available to:

  • newly appointed HoDs who take up posts from September 2009 in National Challenge schools (and equivalently, intensive Keys to Success/Pathways to Achievement schools in City Challenge areas), and
  • newly appointed HoDs who take up posts from September 2010 in secondary schools facing challenging circumstances.

Newly appointed HoDs includes anyone that has been issued with a new contract which begins on or after the dates specified above, for a role that meets the definition defined above, irrespective of the role they were undertaking prior to that contract being issued.



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