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. From January 1 2012, IStip became fully independent of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), as a company limited by guarantee.
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 associated Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) Regulations 2012, and the current DfE guidance Induction for newly qualified teachers (England) 2012, revised 2013.
IStip acts as the Appropriate Body in respect of NQT induction and carries out the statutory duties associated with that role in accordance with the above regulations and accompanying statutory guidance for NQTs 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 quality assurance officers, all former Heads, Deputy Heads or Induction Tutors. We are located in South West London – our address and directions (including a map) is available.
IStip produces an annual report sent to all schools, and since 2005 has collected retention statistics on its NQTs. It carries out an annual survey of Induction Tutors and survey of NQTs to obtain feedback on its operation and service.
You can also read and download a copy of our current complaints policy (updated June 2015.)