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The Enhanced Masters Programme has been designed to extend the existing University of Oxford MSc in Learning and Teaching (MLT) with a bespoke programme of localised support, mentoring and the opportunity to implement research in practice.

It is a two-year part-time Masters programme (if you have 60 M-level credits from your PGCE). The University-based element is the MLT programme consisting of a taught year, then a large research and development project. The Deanery supports your work by providing regular opportunities to meet with the other local teachers engaged in the programme and by offering mentoring and other kinds of support from previous MLT students.

After that, in the Deanery Enhancement Year, you will be expected to take on some kind of local role in supporting research engagement. This might include a mentoring role (for new MLT students, or for teachers undertaking small-scale action research projects) or becoming Research Champion within your own school.  The Deanery also holds an annual Research Meet when all Enhanced MLT students present the findings and implications of their work. (These presentations are also shared through the Deanery website.)

Full details of the core programme can be found at the University website:

Applications open in September to start in Autumn the next year.  The Department of Education and Brasenose College provide a number of bursaries to support the programme and full details of these will be announced when applications open.


The programme is incredibly well organised and you are supported at each stage of the process – they understand the pressures of full-time teaching and have designed the course structure to be as flexible as possible to help with this. Kate Thirlwall, The Cherwell School


Kate’s programme focused specifically on her support of second year teachers. Her coaching following lesson observations has helped to embed an expectations and culture of on-going professional learning and focus on developing teaching. I know that her ideas on this have been taken up by other schools.

Lindsay Alexander, Assistant Head; The Cherwell School


It has come at a time in my career when I was really looking for the chance to learn more about the latest ideas and research in education… I’ve taken successful ideas, which originate from schools in Asia and tried to apply them to our school context.

John Robertson, Matthew Arnold School


We felt that this was fantastic in terms of professional discourse. We really acted as a department. Took on board others’ ideas and learnt from each other.

Georgina Chandler, Curriculum Leader; Matthew Arnold School


If you are interested in conducting a small-scale inquiry into some aspect of your practice (or an aspect of school policy) but do not want to commit to a full-scale Masters, you might be interested in the Action Research Fellowship programme.

With this programme you work with a ‘critical friend’ from the University Department of Education (usually meeting six times over the course of the year) who supports you in designing and carrying out a small-scale investigation. Full details are available here


Lesley Nelson-Addy explains the findings of her project investigating the value of running an extra-curricular programme of university-style seminars for high-attaining students at The Oxford Academy (which serves Littlemore, Rose Hill and the Leys).

Kerry Brandon and John Robertson (Matthew Arnold School) celebrate their graduation from the MSc in Learning and Teaching

At the poster conference, Jen Fiddaman (Cheney/Bayards Hill) explains the outcomes of her project supporting primary maths teachers in developing their teaching of fractions.

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