When Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls, launched his 'Children's Plan' in December 2007 he stated that he wished to make teaching 'a Masters-level profession'.
As one of the country's leading Subject Associations concerned with offering professional development opportunities for its members, NATE already had plans in place.
Your involvement with NATE can help develop work which can be submitted for accreditation towards a Masters degree. This could be via your attendance at a National or Regional Conference (e.g. developing pedagogy from a workshop in your own classroom); using articles from NATE periodicals as the basis for action research; or writing your own articles for one of our publications.
This type of activity can be used to help earn the credits necessary to gain many MAs or Meds in any Higher Education Institution. However, NATE currently has particularly strong links with two HEIs:
The University of Sheffield
The Institute of Education, London
These courses are specifically tailored to suit classroom teachers and encourage the use of NATE-related work in their accreditation. They are also relatively cheap and flexible - including the option to study by distance learning.