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Completing a Master's during NQT year?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by amye_prendergast, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. amye_prendergast

    amye_prendergast New commenter

    Hi everyone!
    I've recently finished my PGCE and I'm starting my NQT year in September. I want to do a full Master's qualification, and I had planned on doing so next year, but then somebody suggested waiting until my NQT year is finished and then starting it next September? Has anyone else done this/thought about this who could offer me some advice? Not sure whether to do it now or not!
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Prioritise your NQT year. Nothing can really prepare you for the rigours / demands of this and I think you underestimate the challenges it will bring. You need to devote all your time, energy, enthusiasm and resources to achieving successfully QTS.
  3. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Whilst that is sound advice, be aware of the statistics.

    The percentage of those who complete the masters by doing it from the NQT year onwards is around 75%. A quarter drop it because it is too tough.

    The percentage of those who complete their masters having said they'll do their masters once they’ve got on top of their teaching is around 15%. The majority never get on top of their teaching load.

    Part time masters are not that bad. Your PG gives you 60 credits so you do two 5,000 word essays in your NQT year and a 10,000 word dissertation in your RQT year. I usually factor it takes around five days of writing work per 5,000 word essay so that’s ten days of work a year for two years. You attend taught sessions as well, but they are quite pleasant and are not tiring.

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