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MTL not to be supported by the coalition government

MTL Funding


You may already know that the TDA received a letter on Monday from the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, stating that he has decided to stop the central funding for new participants on the Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) programme with immediate effect. Only those teachers who are already studying for the MTL will be funded to complete the programme.


In his letter the Secretary of State explains his decision:


“The quality of teaching and teachers’ professional development are of utmost importance, and I am committed to developing a strong culture of professional development where more teachers acquire postgraduate qualifications like Masters and Doctorates and where teachers are supported to progress further academically and deepen their subject knowledge. However, I also believe that teachers should decide for themselves which Masters level course is the right one for them and that a single Masters degree prescribed by Whitehall is not the right approach.”


In response to this decision:


  • The TDA has contacted the consortia leads and provided guidance and information which may be helpful in managing the implications of this decision;
  • The TDA/MTL website will carry information on this decision from December 7 2010.


The TDA MTL team will be supporting MTL Consortia in managing the implications of this decision for current and prospective participants, and their schools, as well as for the Consortium members and their partners. 


We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate to all colleagues involved in the development of MTL that their commitment and professionalism in establishing MTL as an innovative, practice-based, rigorous and appropriate M level qualification route which is now part of the M level Portfolio in a large number of HEIs, is highly valued and recognised.


Kind Regards,



8 Dec 2010

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