IStip Annual Report


2019-20 NQT Cohort

NQT numbers stood at 857 this year. Of these:

  • 46% were aged between 21 and 25
  • 27% were aged between 26 and 30
  • 15% were aged between 31 and 40
  • 12% were over 40
  • 90% were full time
  • 10% were part time

After induction:

  • 99% of the cohort is remaining in teaching, and 86% of these are remaining in their current school

Headline Statistics for 2019-20

  • NQTs starting induction: 857
  • NQTs validated by Panel: 970
  • Schools visited for Quality Assurance Purposes: 193
  • Schools who were NQT Regional Training Centres: 25
  • Training Sessions for Tutors/Mentors: 9 face-to-face (autumn/spring); 2 webinars (summer)
  • Tutors/Mentors Trained: 502
  • Bespoke Training Courses: 7
  • Overseas Schools with NQTs completing induction: 16

NQTs ‘At Risk’

Of the 857 NQTs who began induction last year, 23 were deemed to be ‘at risk of failure’ (2.7%). Of these, 10 passed, 7 left with induction incomplete, 1 induction is ongoing into this year, 5 had induction extended, and 3 of these will continue with induction in 2020-21.

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; 90% found our email and telephone communication to be excellent; 93% found the quality assurance visit they had received to be a positive and supportive experience; and 94% found the paperwork to be helpful. Full survey results are available on the IStip website.
  • Our NQTs valued the IStip NQT Guide and paperwork (92% 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: 29%
      • Satisfactory: 6%
      • Poor: 0%
      • No real contact: 14%
    • The Coordinator
      • Excellent: 69%
      • Good: 23%
      • Satisfactory: 8%
      • Poor: 0%
    • The Tutor
      • Excellent: 82%
      • Good: 14%
      • Satisfactory: 3%
      • Poor: 1%

Tracking of Former NQTs

IStip tracks its NQTs 3 years after induction has been completed. A survey is sent to schools each year, and we are most grateful for the good return rate.

3 Year Track of NQTs completing induction in 2017

From 582 responses (60% response rate):

  • 84% were still teaching:
    • 76% remained in the independent sector in the UK
    • 4% were teaching overseas
    • 4% moved to the state-maintained sector
  • 6% left teaching
  • 3% were on a career break
  • 7% were unknown

The Remote Term

IStip switched to an online working and delivery model in mid-March. Training of Tutors, and NQTs went online via webinars. We offered informal drop ins and weekly email updates to better support the school and Tutors and NQTs working within them.


At the end of the academic year, we said farewell to 3 Quality Assurance Officers; Les Wilkinson, Alison Page and Tim Turvey. Christina Foord stepped down as GSA Panel representative on her retirement from Tormead School, and Ian Power stepped down as Chair of Board, on his retirement from HMC.

The new Chair of Board will be Jane Carroll of GSA; and we welcome Simon Hyde (HMC) and Heather Hanbury (GSA) to the Board and Panel respectively.

Changes to Induction from September 2021

From September 2021, NQT induction will become a 2 year process.

  • 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 2 assessment points over 2 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. This exact nature of this role is not yet known.
  • All schools/NQTs must pay heed to the Early Career Framework for NQTs. 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.
  • There are no current planned changes to QTS (ie the initial teacher training period).

Helpful Links

Early Career Framework – early-career-teachers

Previous Annual Reports are available in the archive.

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