IStip NQT Survey

2019-2020 Survey

This year, we received 210 (26%) responses from the cohort of 800, a significantly lower response than last year despite the same method of collection.

In each case, the figure in brackets is the equivalent result for the preceding year (2018-2019).

1. Communication

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

IStip email contact:

  • Excellent: 78% (61%)
  • Good: 20% (36%)
  • Satisfactory: 2% (3%)
  • Poor: 0% (0%)
  • N/A (no contact): 0% (1%)

IStip telephone contact:

  • Excellent: 7% (28%)
  • Good: 1% (41%)
  • Satisfactory: 0% (29%)
  • Poor: 0% (2%)
  • N/A* (no contact): 92% (-)

* New option, so no comparable data from 2018-19

2. Quality Assurance Visit

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

  • Yes: 48% (49%)
  • No: 52% (51%)

If yes, was it helpful?

  • Yes: 93% (87%)
  • No: 7% (13%)

Any additional comments regarding the visit?

  • ‘The inspector was very professional and very personable. I felt that I could disclose any and all information without being judged. They also provided invaluable advice.’
  • ‘It was very helpful to see how the school was doing and to check the support my mentor and the school have given me. It was great to see how you could be helped further also.’
  • ‘Tamazin was very thorough during her visit and she was supportive, making the experience a positive one.’
  • ‘The QA officers were friendly and asked good, reflective questions. It was a very pleasant experience, all told.’
  • ‘Very thorough. Excellent 1-to-1 time where NQTs could ask questions.’
  • ‘It was very helpful to receive some guidance regarding my folder. This ensured that my mentor and I were on the right track and gave both of us points to work on.’
  • ‘The QA Officer was very focused on making sure all the paperwork was up to date and each meeting had minutes rather than the progress and support offered.’

3. Regional meetings

How did you find the meetings?

Autumn Term

  • Useful: 67% (68%)
  • Neutral: 18% (18%)
  • Poor: 1% (3%)
  • Did not attend: 14% (11%)

Spring Term

  • Useful: 70% (68%)
  • Neutral: 16% (19%)
  • Poor: 2% (3%)
  • Did not attend: 12% (10%)

In the summer term did you find our online professional development useful?

  • Useful: 48%
  • Neutral: 31%
  • Poor: 1%
  • Did not attend: 20%

(New question so no comparable data from 2018-19)

Any other comments about the regional meetings/professional development this year?

  • ‘Could not attend as always c.5pm. A variety of times would have been appreciated.’
  • ‘I found the meetings so useful and supportive as part of my NQT year. Each presenter understood the difficulties that we will face. I never felt like I was ‘alone’ during this year at all.’
  • ‘Since Covid 19 and the lock down during this Summer term I have found the emails, webinars and ‘drop-in’ sessions invaluable even if I haven’t always been able to attend. Going from teaching mornings only in a classroom to intense online training over the Easter holidays, almost 15 hour days teaching remotely especially in the first half of the Summer term knowing there was a support network in addition to supportive colleagues at school really helped as an NQT. Very much appreciated and in fact I think once the ‘new normal’ returns webinars and remote ‘drop-ins’ could still work brilliantly.’
  • ‘I think the support and extra PD you have provided this term has been excellent.’
  • ‘The online professional development was more convenient and fitted around my day better than the pain of having to sort cover for the regional meetings.’
  • ‘The meetings are well planned and touch topics that are relevant to NQTs. Very helpful!!! I look forward to my next meeting. The hosts are lovely.’

4. IStip Paperwork/Pro Formas

Have you found the IStip paperwork (including the NQT guide) helpful?

  • Yes: 92% (86%)
  • No: 8% (14%)

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

  • Evidence tracker – ‘The ADP and Evidence Tracker are helpful to see where you are making progress and what you can do to achieve your full potential’
    ‘It is good to see what we have achieved’
    ‘The evidence tracker is a nice way to record and reflect upon successes’
    ‘The evidence tracker (could this be taken online?). It would be useful to highlight areas of what have and have not been covered throughout the year’.
  • Exemplar forms – these were cited as being very useful
  • Weekly meeting agenda ‘A way of keeping tabs on everything and being able to refer back and see what you have been through week by week, and therefore what you have achieved’.
  • ‘All of the paperwork was very clear’.
  • ‘The sample assessment forms were very helpful. The table showing who was responsible for filling in each form was also useful’.

Any other comments about the paperwork:

  • ‘I think it is very straightforward to complete.’
  • ‘There was a lot less than PGCE year, which was great! We completed all of our work online and so it was easily accessible.’
  • ‘I was very grateful that the amount of paperwork was manageable.’
  • ‘There feels a lot of duplication in forms. I sometimes feel I have to write the same thing in different ways!’
  • ‘There is unfortunately quite a lot of potential for duplication (for example between Evidence Tracker and Meeting Minutes).’
  • ‘ADP did not feel very useful. Targets were already discussed and set in weekly, formal half term meetings. ADP felt like extra.’
  • ‘There is a lot of paper work for a system described as paperless. Just because the paper is electronic doesn’t mean to ceases to exist.’

Overall the comments were very much about repetition/duplication between the forms. This is something we are looking to address from September 2021.

5. Your Induction Year/Support

How would you rate the support you received this year from:

The Induction Tutor

  • Excellent: 82% (80%)
  • Good: 14% (17%)
  • Satisfactory: 3% (3%)
  • Poor: 1% (0%)

The Induction Coordinator

  • Excellent: 69% (66%)
  • Good: 23% (27%)
  • Satisfactory: 8% (7%)
  • Poor: 0% (0%)

The Head

  • Excellent: 51% (51%)
  • Good: 29% (31%)
  • Satisfactory: 6% (14%)
  • Poor: 0% (4%)
  • No real contact *: 14% (-)

* New option, so no comparable data from 2018-19

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

  • ‘I cannot imagine any better support or any more learning and development I could have done. They made me a so much better teacher.’
  • ‘The support network from my school has been fantastic. There have been plenty of opportunities for learning and development throughout this year.’
  • ‘My tutor has been outstanding and has never let me down. She has been an enormous help during a long and (at times) challenging year. Her forms are always filled out with scrupulous detail.’
  • ‘I am not sure who the induction coordinator is at my school (which shows the quality of support) and I have had no contact with the Head. I think my tutor has good intentions, but it is their first year as tutor and Head of Department and I think they struggled to support me amidst all the other demands on them.’

Are you planning to stay in teaching next year?

  • Yes: 99% (97%)
  • No: 1% (3%)

If no, could you say why?

  • ‘Difficulties in passing my NQT’
  • ‘I would love to but, sadly, Covid-19 has resulted in a need for me to improve the education of my own children. At least I am qualified to do so for the next 6-12 months.’
  • ‘I hope to, but there are limited jobs available for September due to covid-19.
  • ‘Work/life balance and wanting to work for myself.’

Are you remaining in your present school next year?

  • Yes: 86% (86%)
  • No: 14% (14%)

If no, could you say why? Reasons included:

  • Maternity cover contract
  • School closed. I have a job in a state school to start in September
  • Been made redundant

Most common reasons were maternity cover, promotion, relocation and uncertainty due to COVID-19

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.