IStip Annual Report


“You have, over the years, developed the level of service and support to your NQTs and schools that we regard as exemplary practice for an Appropriate Body.” – Department for Education

2018-19 NQT Cohort

NQT numbers stood at 1021 this year. Of these:

  • 43% are aged between 21 and 25
  • 31% are aged between 26 and 30
  • 15% are aged between 31 and 40
  • 11% are over 40
  • 90% were full time
  • 10% were part time

After induction:

  • 97% of the cohort is remaining in teaching,
    and 86% of these are remaining in their current school

Headline Statistics for 2018-19

  • NQTs starting induction: 1021
  • NQTs validated by Panel: 969
  • Schools visited for Quality Assurance Purposes: 242
  • Schools who were NQT Regional Training Centres: 26
  • Training Sessions for Tutors/Mentors: 11
  • Tutors/Mentors Trained: 542
  • Bespoke Training Courses: 5
  • Overseas Schools with NQTs completing induction: 19

NQTs ‘At Risk’

Of the 1021 NQTs who began induction last year, 24 were deemed to be ‘at risk of failure’ (2.3%). Of these, 16 passed, 3 left or were dismissed with induction incomplete, 3 had induction extended and 2 will continue with induction in 2019-20.

Quality Assurance of the IStip Service

  • IStip surveys its Induction Tutors annually about the service it provides to schools. Feedback about our communication was excellent; 97% found the quality assurance visit they had received to be a positive and supportive experience; 98% found the paperwork to be helpful; 98.5% found the online NQT Manager to be easy to access and use; and 99% found the IStip website to be easy to use. Full survey results are available on the IStip website.
  • Our NQTs valued the IStip NQT Guide (90% found it useful) and paperwork (86% found it helpful). They also rated their induction experience within schools, answering the question, How would you rate the support you received this year? as follows:
    • The Head
      • Excellent: 51%
      • Good: 31%
      • Satisfactory: 14%
      • Poor: 4%
      • The Coordinator
        • Excellent: 66%
        • Good: 27%
        • Satisfactory: 7%
        • Poor: 0%
        • The Tutor
          • Excellent: 80%
          • Good: 17%
          • Satisfactory: 3%
          • Poor: 0%

        Tracking of Former NQTs

        IStip tracks its NQTs 3 years after induction has been completed. Letters are sent to schools in the autumn term of each year, and we are most grateful for the high return rate.

        3 Year Track of NQTs completing induction in 2016

        750 responses were received.

        • 71% were still working within the independent sector
        • 5% had moved to the maintained sector
        • 7% had moved overseas
        • 3% had left teaching
        • 4% were on a career break
        • 10% were unknown

        These results largely mirror previous 3 year tracks.

        Changes to Induction from September 2021

        From September 2021, it is proposed that NQT induction will become (for most NQTs) a two year process. A pilot scheme will run in some areas (which is not compulsory) from September 2020.

        Likely changes (NB this is all subject to confirmation)

        • Induction will take two years. Experienced NQTs, and some part timers who have nearer to full time timetables, may be able to reduce this, but the minimum period that can be served is expected to be one year.
        • NQTs must have a 10% timetable reduction in year 1; 5% in year 2.
        • It is likely there will be three assessment points over two years.
        • The second year is likely to look different in terms of its shape and expectation from the first year.
        • All NQTs will have a Mentor. The exact nature of this role is not yet known.
        • All schools/NQTs must pay heed to the Early Career Framework for NQTs (see Helpful Links below). It is envisaged there will be open access materials to support this. The ECF is not to be used as an assessment tool.
        • Appropriate Bodies (ie IStip) will need to ensure the quality of induction and the use of the ECF.

        Remaining Unchanged

        • The Standards will remain unchanged and NQTs will still be assessed against these, but over a two year period.

        Helpful Links

        Early Career Framework – early-career-teachers

        Previous Annual Reports are available in the archive.