IStip forges strong partnerships with schools to provide meaningful induction of the highest quality.
Together we develop child centred, responsible, engaged and reflective teachers who will enjoy long and fulfilling careers.
The Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel (formerly the Independent Schools Council Teacher Induction Panel, ISCtip) was established as the sector’s Appropriate Body for newly qualified teacher induction by the Secretary of State for Education in 1999.
Appropriate Bodies have oversight of the induction processes and procedures within their schools, and their remit and responsibilities are defined by Sections 135A, 135B and 141C(1)(b) of the Education Act 2002 and The Education (Coronavirus) (School Teachers’ Qualifications, Induction, Inspection Arrangements, Etc) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 and the current DfE guidance Induction for Early Career Teachers (England), revised March 2021.
IStip acts as the Appropriate Body in respect of ECT induction and carries out the statutory duties associated with that role in accordance with the above regulations and accompanying statutory guidance for ECTs employed in schools in membership of one of the following associations:
- The Society of Heads;
- Independent Schools Association (ISA);
- Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC);
- Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS); and
- Girls’ School Association (GSA);
- Council of British International Schools (COBIS).
IStip is overseen by a Board in matters of governance, and a Panel, designated by the Secretary of State which has oversight of the statutory induction process. The work of the Board and Panel is supported by 2 professional officers, and a team of support officers, all former Heads, Deputy Heads or Induction Tutors.
IStip produces an annual report sent to all schools, and since 2005 has collected retention statistics on its ECTs. It carries out an annual induction tutor survey and a survey of ECTs to obtain feedback on its operation and service.
You can also download a copy of our current complaints policy (updated December 2021).