IStip Annual Report – Archive

This page contains previous IStip annual reports. The current annual report is available here.

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2014-15

2014-15 NQT Cohort

NQT numbers stood at 1084 this year. Of these:

  • 48% are aged between 21 and 25
    (This marks a change from previous years where 30% of NQTs were aged between 26 and 30.)
  • 26% are aged between 26 and 30
  • 16% are aged between 31 and 40
  • 10% are over 40
  • 90% were full time
  • 10% were part time

Prior to induction commencing:

  • 46% had completed a school based training course
  • 54% had completed an in-institute courses

After induction:

  • 99% of the cohort is remaining in teaching, and 85% of these are remaining in their current school

Headline Statistics for 2014-15

  • NQTs starting induction: 1084
  • NQTs validated by Panel: 1067
  • Schools visited for Quality Assurance Purposes: 203
  • Schools who were NQT Regional Training Centres: 27
  • Training Sessions for Tutors/Mentors: 9
  • Tutors/Mentors Trained: 511
  • Bespoke Training Courses: 6
  • Experienced Mentor Training Sessions: 6
  • Overseas Schools with NQTs completing induction: 24

NQTs ‘At Risk’

Of the 1084 NQTs who began induction last year, 21 were deemed to be ‘at risk of failure’ (2%). Of these, 8 passed, 9 left or were dismissed with induction incomplete, 1 stopped induction, 1 had induction extended and 2 will complete induction in 2015-16.

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; 91% found the paperwork to be helpful; 99% 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 Welcome Pack (92% found it useful) and paperwork (92% found it helpful).
  • NQTs 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: 55%
      • Good: 34%
      • Satisfactory: 10%
      • Poor: 1%
      • The Induction Tutor
        • Excellent: 86%
        • Good: 9.5%
        • Satisfactory: 4.5%
        • Poor: 0%
        • The Mentor
          • Excellent: 83%
          • Good: 12.5%
          • Satisfactory: 3%
          • Poor: 1.5%

        Tracking of Former NQTs

        IStip tracks its NQTs 3 and 6 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 2012:

        • 857 responses received
        • 77% were still working within the independent sector
        • 5% were teaching overseas
        • 5% had moved to the maintained sector
        • 2% were on a career break
        • 3% had left teaching
        • 8% current position unknown

        These results mirror previous 3 year tracks.

        6 year track of NQTs, completing induction in 2008:

        • 720 responses were received
        • 68% were still working within the independent sector
        • 4% had moved to the maintained sector
        • 3% were on a career break
        • 4% had left teaching
        • 21% current position unknown

        Feedback

        IStip was very pleased to receive the following feedback from the DfE at our annual review:

        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.


        2013-14

        2013-14 NQT Cohort

        NQT numbers stood at 1170 this year. Of these:

        • 32% are aged between 21 and 25
        • 37% are aged between 26 and 30
        • 18% are aged between 31 and 40
        • 13% are over 40
        • 90% were full time
        • 10% were part time

        Prior to induction commencing:

        • 65% had completed a PGCE
        • 16% had completed a school based training course (SD/GTP)
        • 9% had completed a BA or BSc with QTS
        • 6% had completed the Assessment Only route
        • 2% had completed a BEd
        • 2% had completed other qualifications

        After induction:

        • 99% of the cohort is remaining in teaching, and 90% of these are remaining in their current school

        Headline Statistics for 2013-14

        • NQTs starting induction: 1170
        • NQTs validated by Panel: 1276
        • Schools visited for Quality Assurance Purposes: 236
        • Schools who were NQT Regional Training Centres: 27
        • Training Sessions for Tutors/Mentors: 9
        • Tutors/Mentors Trained: 537
        • Bespoke Training Courses: 10
        • Experienced Mentor Training: 1
        • Overseas Schools with NQTs completing induction: 15

        NQTs ‘At Risk’

        Of the 1170 NQTs who began induction last year, 20 were deemed to be ‘at risk of failure’ (1.7%). Of these, 9 passed, 7 left/or were dismissed with induction incomplete, and 4 will complete induction in 2014-15.

        Quality Assurance of the IStip Service

        • IStip surveys its Induction Tutors and NQTs annually about the service it provides to schools. Feedback about our communication was excellent; 95% found the quality assurance visit they had received to be a positive and supportive experience; 94% found the paperwork to be helpful; 99% found the online NQT Manager to be easy to access and use; and 98% found the IStip website to be easy to use. Full survey results may be found at www.istip.co.uk
        • We ask our NQTs to rate their induction experience, and their feedback on the role of the tutor/mentor in schools was extremely positive, and a testament to the commitment and diligence of staff within our schools. The full survey can also be found on the IStip website.
        • The IStip Panel of serving Heads has oversight of the statutory processes of induction, and ensures IStip’s compliance in its role as an Appropriate Body.
        • We have an annual review each summer with the DfE against agreed criteria.
        • The Quality Assurance Officers are fully inducted into their role, undertake mentored visits, and are re-trained and quality assured biennially. All are DBS checked.
        • In 2014-15, 2 new officers will join the team, both of whom have served as Induction Tutors: Janet Limrick formerly of Ipswich School; Rob Decamp formerly of Millfield School. We also welcomed Carole Baker (former ISA Panel representative and Head at The Towers Convent School) mid-way through 2013-14.

        Tracking of Former NQTs

        IStip tracks its NQTs 3 and 6 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 2010:

        • 554 responses received:
        • 80% were still working within the independent sector
        • 4% had moved to the maintained sector
        • 6% were on a career break
        • 3% had left teaching
        • 7% current position unknown

        These results mirror previous 3 year tracks.

        6 year track of NQTs, completing induction in 2007:

        • 808 responses were received
        • 62% were still working within the independent sector (including 6% in an overseas school)
        • 6% had moved to the maintained sector
        • 5% were on a career break
        • 6% had left teaching
        • 21% current position unknown

        Future Development

        This year we ran our first course for experienced tutors and mentors on ‘soft skills’ (‘Compelling Communication’). Feedback was excellent and the number of courses will be expanded next year. We will continue to work on the restructuring and renewing of the NQT regional training meetings and their content.


        2012-2013

        2012-13 NQT Cohort

        NQT numbers rose this year from the 2005-11 average of 1163 to 1311. Of these:

        • 35% were aged between 21 and 25
        • 34% were aged between 26 and 30
        • 18% were aged between 31 and 40
        • 13% were over 40
        • 92% were full time
        • 8% were part time
        • 87% were on permanent contracts
        • 13% were on fixed contracts
        • 67% had completed a PGCE
        • 11% had completed the GTP
        • 7% had completed a BA or BSc with QTS
        • 5% had completed the Assessment Only route to QTS
        • 1% had completed a B Ed
        • 9% had completed other qualifications

        Headline Statistics for 2012-13

        • NQTs starting induction: 1311
        • NQTs validated by Panel: 1277
        • Schools visited for Quality Assurance purposes: 246
        • Schools who were NQT Regional Training Centres: 30
        • One day training sessions for Induction Tutors: 12
        • Teachers trained on above: 651
        • Overseas schools with NQTs completing induction: 6

        Training/Support Update

        For 2013-14, The Hall School, NW3, and Durham School will become new centres.

        Induction Tutor courses were expanded, with more courses offered to support schools in their introduction of the new Standards. We have also offered bespoke training to schools with multiple tutors/mentors.

        NQTs ‘At Risk’

        Of the 1311 NQTs who began induction last year, 26 were deemed to be ‘at risk of failure’ (0.02%). Of these, 15 passed, 10 left/or were dismissed with induction incomplete, one NQT failed induction but was granted an extension by IStip.

        Quality Assurance of the IStip Service

        • IStip surveys Induction Tutors and NQTs annually about the service it provides to schools. The results of the surveys are published on the IStip website.
        • We repeated the Induction Tutor workshop of 2012, where a group of tutors discussed the bedding in of the new Standards, the development of training and the ease of use of our paperwork.
        • All Quality Assurance Officers, including the professional officers continue to be quality assured, and findings are reported back to Panel & Board.
        • IStip commissioned Joy Richardson to look at professional development within the NQT year. Her analysis and findings may be found on the IStip website.
        • In 2013, we said farewell to two long serving Quality Assurance Officers, Barbara Newell and Carole Rowe; and we welcome Alison Page formerly of Oundle School to the team.

        The One Day National Conference

        On May 9th 2013, IStip ran a conference for all its NQTs at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham, replacing the summer term regional meeting. It was be free for all NQTs to attend, and over 820 did so. Plenary sessions were delivered by Anthony Seldon, Ian Yorston and Ben Fogle; these were complemented by break-out sessions covering a variety of teaching, curriculum, pastoral and professional development issues.

        Future Development

        Over the next two years, IStip will focus on two major projects: the restructuring & redevelopment of its regional training for NQTs (based in part on the recommendations in Joy Richardson’s report); and the redevelopment of its website to enable on-line training to be delivered.


        2011-12

        I. Changes to induction

        I.1 New Guidance/Regulations

        From September, the processes of statutory induction are governed 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.

        Overseas schools may offer induction to NQTs, if they meet certain criteria (in membership of DfE approved associations [COBIS, GSA, HMC, IAPS, ISA, The Soc. of Heads] and having a fully accredited BSO inspection)

        I.2 New Standards

        From September, the Teachers’ Standards replace the Core/Induction Standards and must be used by all NQTs undergoing induction, including those already part way through the process (www.istip.co.uk.)

        II. Headline Statistics for 2011-12

        • NQTs starting induction: 1247
        • NQTs validated by panel: 1275
        • Schools visited for Quality Assurance purposes: 218
        • Schools who are NQT Regional Training Centres: 29
        • One day training sessions for Induction Tutors: 16
        • Twilight training sessions for Induction Tutors: 5
        • Teachers trained on above: 624

        III. 2011-12 NQT Cohort

        NQT numbers rose this year from the 2005-10 average of 1105 to 1247. Of these:

        • 33% are aged between 21 and 25
        • 39% are aged between 26 and 30
        • 18% are aged between 31 and 40
        • 10% are over 40
        • 91% were full time
        • 0.09% were part time

        IV. NQTs ‘At Risk’

        Of the 1247 NQTs who began induction last year, 16 were deemed to be ‘at risk of failure’ (0.01%). Of these, 10 passed, 6 left/or were dismissed with induction incomplete.

        V. DfE Review

        As part of the agreed remit from the Secretary of State, IStip must have an annual review/meeting with a DfE official, in order that they might assure themselves that we are carrying out our statutory functions appropriately. Kathy McTaggart from the Teacher Development Team spent a day at IStip on 14th August and was extremely satisfied with our operation.

        VI. How IStip quality assures its processes

        1. Annual survey of all its induction tutors. The results of this IT survey are published annually on the website.
        2. In-depth workshop with a smaller number of induction tutors, seeking feedback on our website, training and processes/paperwork.
        3. Feedback on all training courses run for tutors and for NQTs. Discussed at Panel.
        4. Quality Assurance Officers attend annual training, and are themselves quality assured annually.
        5. Annual review cycle for HQ staff.
        6. IStip works to a 3-5 year development plan.

        VII. Future Development

        On May 9th 2013, IStip will run a national one-day conference for NQTs at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham, replacing the summer term regional meeting. It will be free for all NQTs to attend.


        2010-2011

        I. Policy

        The government’s education bill and White Paper, ‘The Importance of Teaching’ put the spotlight firmly back onto teachers and standards. The changes to entrance criteria for Initial Teacher Training courses will come in from September 2012, but the expansion of the assessment route to QTS will begin this September.

        The professional Standards for teachers are currently under review, and the new QTS/Core Standards (for use from September 2012) have been accepted by the Secretary of State and can be accessed on the Department for Education website.

        Induction itself will undergo a review this Autumn Term, with changes likely to be focused around reducing the overall length of the period for suitably experienced teachers, and expanding schools able to offer statutory induction to suitably accredited overseas schools (again, from September 2012). We have sent details of this review to all Induction Tutors, and Heads’ Associations.

        II. ISCtip

        From January 1st 2012, ISCtip will become fully independent of ISC, and will be known as IStip (Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel). It will, however, continue to carry out exactly the same functions of statutory induction to its schools in membership of one of the 5 Heads’ Associations (GSA, HMC, IAPS, ISA, SHMIS) as it has always done. It will also be able to offer induction to some overseas schools from September 2012. Further details will be sent to schools, and induction tutors this term.

        Bob Mardling, TIP’s Senior Quality Assurance Officer retired this summer after 12 years exemplary service to TIP. We wish him well in his second retirement!

        Rachel Hurn joined TIP HQ as a part time induction support officer this February. She is a trained Prep/Primary teacher with experience in both the state and independent sectors.

        Headline Statistics for 2010-11

        • NQTs starting induction: 1276
        • NQTs validated by panel: 1196
        • Schools visited for Quality
        • Assurance purposes: 235
        • Schools who are NQT Regional Training Centres: 27
        • One day training sessions for Induction Tutors: 4
        • Twilight training sessions for Induction Tutors: 7
        • Teachers trained on above: 248

        2010-11 NQT Cohort

        NQT numbers rose this year from the 2005-10 average of 1105 to 1277. Of these:

        • 34.9% are aged between 21 and 25
        • 35.4% are aged between 26 and 30
        • 17% are aged between 31 and 40
        • 12.7% are over 40

        NQTs ‘At Risk’

        Of the 1277 NQTs who began induction last year, 16 were deemed to be ‘at risk of failure’ (0.01%). Of these, 11 passed, 1 is still undergoing induction in the same school, and 4 resigned with induction incomplete.

        Training/Support Update

        Littlegarth and St Paul’s Girls’ School held their final regional meetings for TIP in Summer 2011; their help and expertise in running the meetings will be missed.

        For 2011-12, The Reading Blue Coat School; St George’s, Ascot; Holme Grange School and Harrow School will become new centres

        Induction Tutor courses were expanded, with more courses offered in the spring and summer terms. These proved to be extremely popular successful, with consistently excellent feedback received.

        This academic year, the summer training will focus on the new standards.

        Links with Government

        Judith Fenn was invited to sit upon the Teaching Standards review panel whose first report has just been published, and whose first set of standards was accepted by the Secretary of State in July. Further details about the work of this body may be found on the Department for Education website.

        ISCtip will work this term with the DfE on its review of induction, particularly on the role of the Appropriate Body going forward.

        Quality Assurance of the ISCtip Service

        1. TIP surveys its Induction Tutors and NQTs annually about the service it provides to schools. The results of these IT survey and the results of the NQT survey are published here on the IStip website.
        2. This year, TIP also undertook a quality audit of NQT assessments, and an audit of the quality of the process of induction within schools.
        3. In January, 918 first assessment forms were read by 4 TIP personnel; 519 were returned with requests for additional information (or where factual errors were found). In April, 189 were returned (and 250 were checked against the end of first period assessments); in summer 79 were returned (and again, 250 were checked against end of first and second period assessments. This exercise, combined with our revised training courses for induction tutors, has enabled us to raise noticeably/significantly the quality of assessment of NQTs within schools. This fulfils one of the key objectives of our second stage development plan: to raise the quality of the process in schools through training and support, whilst continuing to monitor appropriate compliance.
        4. Training for the Panel: heads appointed to panel attend Induction Tutor training when first appointed; in addition part of the September meeting of Panel is given over to training on an aspect of induction, delivered by the professional officers.
        5. Quality Assurance Officers: all officers attend annual training; new officers follow an induction programme lead by the Senior Officer.

        The Online NQT Manager

        The following changes have been made to the online system this year:

        • Easier process for digitally signing registrations/assessments
        • New user manuals

        Future Development

        In Summer 2013, TIP plans to run a national one-day conference for NQTs in the Midlands, replacing the summer term regional meeting. It will be free for all NQTs to attend.