IStip NQT Survey

2016-1017 Survey

This year, we received 323 responses from the cohort of 1036 NQTs (31.0%). In each case, the figure in brackets is the equivalent result for the preceding year (2015-2016) where applicable/available.

1. Communication with IStip

Please rate the following as Excellent/Good/Satisfactory/Poor

IStip email contact:

  • Excellent: 61.4% (58.9%)
  • Good: 32.4% (30.2%)
  • Satisfactory: 3.1% (6.5%)
  • Poor: 0.0% (0.0%)
  • No contact: 3.1% (4.4%)

IStip telephone contact:

  • Excellent: 12.1% (8.0%)
  • Good: 8.7% (9.2%)
  • Satisfactory: 0.9% (0.4%)
  • Poor: 0.0% (0.0%)
  • No contact: 78.3% (82.4%)

If you rate either as ‘poor’, could you say why?

  • (None rated as poor)

2. Quality Assurance Visit

Has your school had a Quality Assurance visit from one of our QA Officers in the past year?:

  • Yes: 47.6% (42.0%)
  • No: 52.4% (58.0%)

If yes, was it helpful?

  • Yes: 95.0% (89.0%)
  • No: 5.0% (11.0%)

Any additional comments regarding the visit?

  • Some helpful suggestions and great encouragement. Did not feel judgemental but useful.
  • Positive experience, straightforward QA process and expectations clear.
  • Officer was very welcoming and supportive during the visit and was very thorough in establishing if I was receiving the correct support and processes were in place.
  • We did everything correctly, but we received good advice on how to document it better.
  • It forced an honest conversation that had not been forthcoming.
  • When the visit has highlighted concerns, as it did, a follow up visit should take place to ensure the changes are made. It was helpful in making our mentor aware about what actually was needing done and some changes were made following that.
  • It was really helpful for the NQT students to know what we should and should not be doing in terms is completing paperwork and what the mentor’s role is. The QA officer was really unbiased whereas talking to the school about concerns can be difficult as they may be biased.
  • I felt the officers were there to offer guidance and help rather than criticise as some may have thought so I found this useful.
  • Approachable officer with good and realistic advice given.
  • It was a great opportunity to discuss the whole ISTIP process and to feel valued and that as an NQT my training and the quality of my training was important.
  • Superb! The Examiner was so learned and gave the profession the integrity and professionalism that is required/anticipated. Highlight of my ISTIP year meeting Sue Ross.

3. Regional meetings

Did you receive notification in advance of the meeting (please mark as appropriate)?

  • From IStip: 16.5% (12.0%)
  • From the centre/school: 5.7% (9.0%)
  • From both: 77.8% (79.0%)

How did you find the meetings?

  • Very useful and informative. Some are more useful than others. Interactive sessions are great.
  • The talks were insightful. It was good to reconsolidate knowledge from PGCE and build on knowledge. I found it reassuring talking to other NQT’s, speaking about their experiences.
  • A lot of Secondary Focus!
  • The NQT Regional meeting were very useful, enabling networking with other colleagues and allowed us to ask any questions/concerns we had. The summer regional meeting was particularly useful as it was looking more to the future. The autumn term meeting was useful looking at the proformas and the procedures in the year, although this meeting would have been useful to have had right at the beginning of the academic year.
  • I think that some of the sessions would have been more useful at the start of the year e.g. ‘dealing with difficult parents’.
  • The training felt as if it was mostly aimed at people in their early 20s who have just done a university based PGCE and are beginning teaching proper for the first time. There was often also the assumption that we were all based at boarding schools. There were several of us who were more mature and I felt as if some of the information was irrelevant to us or even rather patronising. I think it would have been better if there was more focus on us providing support for each other as NQTs, perhaps even sharing difficult scenarios that we had experienced, as well as examples of good practice.
  • Very well organised and arranged with each meeting reflecting feedback from previous meetings.
  • I only found it poor due to it being very secondary based and I am an early years teacher. I understand I can’t have my own program when I’m the only EY teacher attending. This term the school have arranged for me to observe their teachers which will be much more relevant and I am very grateful to them for doing this.

Autumn Term

  • Useful: 73.6% (70.1%)
  • Neutral: 14.8% (14.3%)
  • Poor: 3.2% (3.3%)
  • Did not attend: 8.4% (12.3%)

Spring Term

  • Useful: 72.8% (73.0%)
  • Neutral: 17.3% (18.1%)
  • Poor: 3.5% (2.1%)
  • Did not attend: 6.4% (6.8%)

Summer Term

  • Useful: 72.5% (77.3%)
  • Neutral: 15.8% (12.2%)
  • Poor: 4.4% (2.5%)
  • Did not attend: 7.3% (8.0%)

4. Welcome Pack

Did you receive a copy of the Welcome Pack?

  • Yes: 96.6% (96.0%)
  • No: 3.4% (4.0%)

Did you find it useful?

  • Yes: 95.5% (96.0%)
  • No: 4.5% (4.0%)

Any other comments about the Welcome Pack

  • Very clearly laid out.
  • Very easy to follow. Informative and supportive of the paperwork and processes required for the training year.
  • Does what it should, provide good insight into what to expect from the year.
  • Thorough and comprehensive. The image guides to completing forms are very useful.
  • It would have been better to have received this earlier in the summer, so that I could have read through it during the holidays.
  • The section on gathering evidence was particularly useful as it was clear what kind and amount of evidence was needed. It was good to have print screens of all of the documents we would be filling in throughout the year, particularly the Evidence Tracker and the Action Development Plan as these were the ones used the most during the year.
  • More examples of what can go in the evidence tracker would be helpful, and how to properly format it.

5. IStip Paperwork/Pro Formas

Have you found them helpful?

  • Yes: 93.2% (95.2%)
  • No: 6.8% (4.8%)

Which particular forms did you find most useful? Most useful, most mentioned pro formas:

  • Evidence tracker ‘logically set up and did not require an over-doing of paperwork/file keeping etc on the evidence front. Much better than last year’s PGCE!!’
  • ADP ‘useful as I could track my targets and see what I am working towards. It also helped me to identify areas within the Teacher’s Standards I had not set myself targets and ensured that I strived to achieve within all areas.’
  • Exemplar forms ‘really helpful when looking at how to record and comment on evidence and experiences.’
  • LO of NQT ‘good for identifying strengths and areas for development.’
  • Weekly meeting agenda ‘useful for scaffolding meetings.’
  • Self-evaluation forms ‘encourage me to think about my teaching strengths and weaknesses.’
  • LO of colleagues

Any other comments about the paperwork:

  • Very well organised – so much better than PGCE experience.
  • I appreciate there hasn’t been much paperwork to do (which is positive).
  • Rigorous and it keeps you on track.
  • All the paperwork was very self-explanatory and linked specifically to the standards. I liked the layout of the forms.
  • Really easy to use and find on the website!
  • I think it’s great the way it has been minimalised and that you can do it electronically. It allows you to put time into learning the really important things (e.g. planning great lessons, extra-curricular things etc.) in your NQT year, and to complete this paperwork as a compliment to what you are learning already.
  • Aimed at people which need help/aren’t doing well. Felt like I had to record the same thing on five different forms. FAR too much paperwork taking up valuable time.
  • Weekly Meeting Minutes can be a bit repetitive. There are perhaps a few too many boxes on this sheet. Would have preferred a less structured proforma – e.g. main topics discussed, action points resulting.
  • There is too much repetition in the information requested on different sheets and in different formats.

6. Online NQT Manager

Have you found the system easy to access?

  • Yes: 96.3% (97.6%)
  • No: 3.7% (2.4%)

Have you found the system easy to use?

  • Yes: 96.8% (97.5%)
  • No: 3.2% (2.5%)

Have you any additional comments about NQT Manager?

  • It is clear and easy to use. There was no problem updating information into the system.
  • Password was difficult to remember as it had to be so long
  • It isn’t very clear what needs to be uploaded
  • I have to wait for my mentor to comment before I can write anything, why?
  • Had a few issues re-signing of forms earlier in the year, but was resolved by a useful phone call to ISTIP.
  • I barely used it.

7. IStip Website

Have you found visited this year?

  • Yes: 77.3% (71.0%)
  • No: 22.7% (29.0%)
  • Have you found the website easy to access?

    • Yes: 98.8% (99.5%)
    • No: 1.2% (0.5%)

    Have you found the website easy to use?

    • Yes: 98.4% (98.3%)
    • No: 1.6% (1.7%)

    Have you any additional comments about

    • Handy to have all the different pro forma in one central place.
    • Straightforward and easy to access all paperwork needed and gives examples of how to fill out the paperwork.
    • Forms time consuming to download. Could create a zip file maybe?
    • Really easy to navigate – I have used it to access the electronic versions of some of the proformas and it has been very easy to use.
    • Didn’t know about it/whether it would have been a useful resource.

    8. Your Induction Year/Support

    How would you rate the support you received this year from (where relevant):

    The Head

    • Excellent: 55.5% (55.6%)
    • Good: 31.8% (29.5%)
    • Satisfactory: 10.7% (12.3%)
    • Poor: 2.0% (2.6%)

    The Induction Tutor

    • Excellent: 69.6% (73.5%)
    • Good: 26.2% (20.2%)
    • Satisfactory: 3.6% (5.9%)
    • Poor: 0.6% (0.4%)

    The Mentor

    • Excellent: 84.1% (81.8%)
    • Good: 10.8% (14.1%)
    • Satisfactory: 4.1% (3.7%)
    • Poor: 1.0% (0.4%)

    Please feel free to make additional comments upon your induction experience:

    • It has been a very well-structured induction process, partly due to the organisation of ISTIP, excellent regional meetings, but also that my mentor has been a tremendous support throughout.
    • A truly positive induction experience. Very thorough, I feel well prepared for teaching next year.
    • My induction year has been superb – the support and guidance I was given was more than I had expected.
    • I feel that the support I have received from everyone in school has been amazing. Nothing has been too much trouble for anyone, and everyone has been hugely supportive. The IStip days have been very useful and I have learned some valuable information.
    • Enjoyed having the time to watch other teachers and learn from it.
    • I consider myself very lucky, as I received excellent support, encouragement and advice throughout the year – especially from my mentor, but also from the Coordinator and Head.
    • This year has been a fantastic experience. The school has been helpful and supportive at all stages and I feel I have made great progress towards the teaching standards and learnt a lot about the profession. I could not have asked for more from my induction tutor or subject mentor.
    • Subject specific NQT days at a regional centre would have been worthwhile.

    Are you planning to stay in teaching next year?

    • Yes: 96.9% (98.0%)
    • No: 3.1% (2.0%)

    If no, could you say why?

    • I would like to explore other career paths.
    • I am taking out a year to travel.
    • Career change, very different experience in UK compared to teaching abroad as I did previously.
    • My experience of teaching so far has been that it doesn’t play to my strengths professionally.
    • Relocating to London/career change.
    • Doing PhD.

    Are you remaining in your present school next year?

    • Yes: 85.7% (84.2%)
    • No: 14.3% (15.8%)

    If no, could you say why?

    • Maternity cover ends (fixed term contract).
    • Relocating for personal reasons
    • Have taught here for 3 years and want a new challenge
    • Offered full-time position elsewhere
    • Promotion at new school
    • I year contract

    Further information

    If you wish to apply for a copy of the full IStip NQT Survey, please contact one of the IStip officers at headquarters.

    You can also read results of earlier IStip NQT surveys.