IStip NQT Survey

2018-2019 Survey

This year, we received 481 (51%) responses from the cohort of 972, a higher response than last year.

In each case, the figure in brackets is the equivalent result for the preceding year (2017-2018).

1. Communication

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

IStip email contact:

  • Excellent: 61% (64%)
  • Good: 36% (31%)
  • Satisfactory: 3% (4%)
  • Poor: 0% (0%)
  • N/A (no contact): – (1%)

IStip telephone contact:

  • Excellent: 28% (14%)
  • Good: 41% (4%)
  • Satisfactory: 29% (0%)
  • Poor: 2% (0%)
  • N/A (no contact): – (82%)

NB There was no option for N/A (no contact) this year; this will have skewed the responses.

2. Quality Assurance Visit

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

  • Yes: 49% (50%)
  • No: 51% (50%)

If yes, was it helpful?

  • Yes: 87% (94%)
  • No: 13% (6%)

Any additional comments regarding the visit?

  • It really put me at ease for the year.
  • It was completed via Skype as I am overseas but the meeting was very useful. Talking through evidence and what was acceptable.
  • Was nice to talk to someone about the whole programme, and learn there was a bit of flexibility in terms of regular meetings (i.e. for more experienced teachers this didn’t necessarily mean weekly) and that ADPs could be tailored more towards preparation for middle management.
  • It was helpful to have one of your QA officers to visit us this year to reassure us that we were doing everything right. It was also helpful to give us advice on how to make the induction process more thorough.
  • It was an excellent visit that gave me the confidence to continue in the way I was completing everything for IStip.
  • It was good to know that what we were doing was correct and the feedback on improvements were constructive. It was really nothing to worry about and helped to guide the rest of the year’s paperwork and mentor discussions.
  • It was brilliant. Really appreciated the time I was given, and the advice. Was super to talk to someone with an expert perspective beyond the school at which I work.
  • It was more about checking the paperwork was completed correctly than actually finding out how I was getting on.

3. Regional meetings

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

  • From IStip: 13% (9%)
  • From the centre/school: 17% (5%)
  • From both: 70% (86%)

How did you find the meetings?
Autumn Term

  • Useful: 68% (65%)
  • Neutral: 18% (14%)
  • Poor: 3% (4%)
  • Did not attend: 11% (17%)

Spring Term

  • Useful: 68% (70%)
  • Neutral: 19% (17%)
  • Poor: 3% (3%)
  • Did not attend: 10% (10%)

Summer Term

  • Useful: 66% (67%)
  • Neutral: 19% (19%)
  • Poor: 4% (4%)
  • Did not attend: 11% (10%)

4. NQT Guide

Did you receive a copy of the NQT Guide?

  • Yes: 92% (92%)
  • No: 8% (8%)

Did you find it useful?

  • Yes: 90% (96%)
  • No: 10% (4%)

Any other comments about the Guide:

  • It was very useful. It gave good examples of what was expected.
  • This is essential and I constantly refer back to it.
  • Before I started my NQT year I read through it so that I could understand what is expected of me. It was nice to go to my first meeting with my tutor already knowing the basics and expectations for the year.
  • I didn’t really use it if I’m honest, most info was dialogue from mentor and past NQTs but when I did need it, it was easy to use and answered my questions.

5. IStip Paperwork/Pro Formas

Have you found them helpful?

  • Yes: 86% (93%)
  • No: 14% (7%)

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

  • Evidence tracker: ‘The evidence tracker has encouraged me to keep on top of my evidence. This made reporting at the end of the half terms more efficient’ ‘I particularly enjoyed filling out the tracker, although it was sometimes challenging to fill in, it was great to remember and look back on what I have achieved along the way’.
  • ADP: ‘I found that the ADP very helpful as it gave me goals for the term / year. It also helped me to organise how I should improve my teaching and how I could achieve this’. ‘The ADP was very useful for me.
  • Exemplar forms: The exemplars were the most popular forms.
  • LO by NQT: ‘Lesson observation forms were useful to focus my thinking about what I had observed, and to articulate which key points to bring up for discussion’
  • Weekly meeting agenda: ‘Regular meeting forms allowed me to set a plan for the meeting’.
  • Self-evaluation forms: ‘The prompts on the lesson evaluation are helpful to fill it in’.

Any other comments about the paperwork:

  • Much less than the PGCE which was much welcomed.
  • Well organised, easy to follow, good structure.
  • There are a lot of forms to understand in the early stages however once a system is established between yourself and your mentor everything makes much more sense.

6. Online NQT Manager

Have you found the system easy to access?

  • Yes: 97% (98%)
  • No: 3% (2%)

Have you found the system easy to use?

  • Yes: 96% (95%)
  • No: 4% (5%)

Have you any additional comments about NQT Manager?

  • Very straight forward and quick to find relative information and upload all documents.
  • Nice to receive the emails, every time something was due.

7. IStip Website

Have you found visited this year?

  • Yes: 81% (87%)
  • No: 19% (13%)
  • Have you found the website easy to access?

    • Yes: 91% (100%)
    • No: 9% (0%)

    Have you found the website easy to use?

    • Yes: 90% (97%)
    • No: 10% (3%)

    Have you any additional comments about

    • Pro formas online so helpful!
    • Difficult to find relevant documentation e.g. proformas

    8. Your Induction Year/Support

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

    The Head

    • Excellent: 51% (56%)
    • Good: 31% (29%)
    • Satisfactory: 14% (12%)
    • Poor: 4% (3%)

    The Induction Tutor

    • Excellent: 66% (79%)
    • Good: 27% (16%)
    • Satisfactory: 7% (4%)
    • Poor: 0% (1%)

    The Mentor

    • Excellent: 80% (89%)
    • Good: 17% (9%)
    • Satisfactory: 3% (1%)
    • Poor: 0% (1%)

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

    • Amazing tutor, amazing Induction Coordinator and amazing Head. I am coming to the end of the best year of my life. I wish I’d become a teacher 25 years ago!
    • All members of staff involved in my NQT Induction year have been extremely supportive! Overall, because of this support my NQT Induction year has been very pleasant and enjoyable.
    • I haven’t had any engagement with my Head Master. This, however, could just be the specific school policy as we had support from another member of SLT.

    Are you planning to stay in teaching next year?

    • Yes: 97% (99%)
    • No: 3% (1%)

    If no, could you say why?

    • Wish to return to my previous career – more opportunity for progression.
    • Excessive workload and a poor work/life balance.
    • Starting a PhD in English.

    Are you remaining in your present school next year?

    • Yes: 86% (87%)
    • No: 14% (13%)

    If no, could you say why?

    • I was in a temporary contract and my contract has finished
    • Change of job to increase teaching experience in the state sector
    • Most common reasons were relocation and promotion

    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.