City & Guilds helps to secure funding for new Masters-level teaching programme in Scotland

City & Guilds helps to secure funding for new Masters-level teaching programme in Scotland

02 April 2014

City & Guilds, in partnership with EIS, is pleased to announce that it has successfully secured funding from the Scottish Government for 200 teachers to undertake Unit 1 in the Masters in Education Programme.  

City & Guilds is now inviting applications from qualified Scottish Teachers to register their interest in the online Masters Level Learning Programme Unit 1 (SCQF Level 11) that starts later this year. This programme offers high quality professional learning opportunities to Scottish teachers enabling them to develop their expertise, experience and therefore improve their classroom performance. 

It is delivered via Learning Assistant and is available to teachers Scotland-wide. Each candidate will be allocated their own tutor who will offer support, advice and guidance throughout the programme.

This Masters Level Learning Programme Unit 1 primarily focuses on Additional Support Needs (ASN). This will benefit both mainstream and current ASN practitioners by allowing them to reflect on their experience within this field. 

Through critical reading and professional enquiry, practitioners will then produce a piece of critical writing exploring ASN within a changing context in Scottish Education. This will be extremely beneficial for all practitioners, as the majority of teaching professionals now support learners with additional needs everyday in their classrooms. 

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, 'The EIS is Scotland’s largest teaching union and the only organisation in Scotland with accredited Union Learning Representatives supporting teachers’ professional development. 

'We are happy to have entered into partnership with City & Guilds to offer this important CPD opportunity for 200 teachers across Scotland thanks to the funding support of the Scottish Government. Scotland has one of the best qualified teacher workforces in the world, and access to high-quality CPD opportunities such as the Masters in Education programme is vital to maintaining Scottish education’s high standards.'

Adding to this, Shellie Brennan, Country Manager for City & Guilds in Scotland said: ‘Not only will this qualification give individuals the chance to develop their knowledge and experience in various different areas of teaching, but in the long run it’ll benefit those they teach. 

The teachers that complete the programme will be be more knowledgeable, have stronger leadership skills, and be in a better position to raise school standards as a whole. We’re delighted funding has been secured, and I hope even more people will be able to benefit from this qualification in the future.

For details on registration and criteria please email


Our research reveals that three quarters of young people demand skills-based training to achieve their ambitions Read full research article