Thinking about postgraduate studies?
19 October 2017 – Wendy Roden (National Training Development and Innovation Officer)
At NGN we strongly believe in the importance of continuous development and support teachers and practitioners by offering a variety of services including training, consultancy and online support. Many of you, after having completed a degree and worked in education for some time, might be considering going back to university to start postgraduate studies or obtain a diploma. Some of you might even think about PhD studies! (Have a look at this post if you would like to read about the experience of a practitioner completing her EdD while working in education).
Today we wanted to share with you some ideas on how further studies may impact your practice and benefit your professional development.
Develop critical thinking…
As part of studying for a Masters or postgraduate qualification, you will be able to develop critical thinking skills. You will have many opportunities to critically reflect, evaluate and analyse a variety of approaches and topics. This will provide you with structures and tools that you will be able to apply to your own practice, giving you the space necessary to step out of a situation and critically reflect on it.
Build an evidence base…
Throughout the studies, you will come across research backing up certain approaches, and sometimes also find evidence disproving certain teaching methods. This will help you develop an evidence base relevant and applicable to your practice, that you can then bring back to your school and use to influence the systems in place.
Support professional development…
We are all aware that despite the excellent qualifications we might have received in the past, the context in which we practice is evolving all the time and pushes us to keep learning and growing as a practitioner. We mentioned in another post the importance for practitioners to keep a critical eye about their practice to allow this continuous development to happen. In a similar vein, deciding to go back to university to study at postgraduate level is one way to take ownership of your own CPD, keep up to date with changes in the teaching space and develop key skills that could lead to new professional opportunities.
For nurture practitioners and teachers interested in starting postgraduate studies, many Masters and postgrad qualifications in SEBD and SEMH offer the chance to develop an understanding of the theory on which nurture is based, and sometimes also conduct research on nurture (for example at University of Birmingham, Oxford Brookes University, etc).
Over the course of the year, NGN will be looking to provide more and more opportunities for practitioners to engage with learning. Watch the space! We’ll let you know very soon about these new opportunities and different pathways you could take to support your professional development in nurture.