IStip Panel

The induction process is overseen by a Panel whose members represent the 5 Heads’ Associations, COBIS and a representative with Local Authority experience.

As per the 2012 Statutory Guidance, The Panel has two key responsibilities:

  • To assure itself that schools understand and are able to meet their responsibilities for monitoring, support and guidance and for undertaking a rigorous and equitable assessment of the NQT; and
  • To decide, in the light of the head’s recommendation, whether an NQT has satisfactorily completed the induction period, and to communicate this decision to the NQT, the head, and the Teaching Agency.

It also:

  • Verifies that the school has checked whether an NQT has QTS
  • Provides or co-ordinate guidance and support for the NQT’s professional development
  • Maintains records and assessment reports for each NQT
  • Ensures that head teachers and governing bodies are aware of, and are capable of meeting, their responsibilities for monitoring, support and assessment and guidance, and for undertaking a rigorous and equitable assessment of NQTs
  • Identifies a named contact with whom the NQT may raise concerns about their induction
  • Responds to requests from schools for guidance, support, assistance and training
  • Decides if it is appropriate to shorten or extend an induction period in exceptional circumstances

Current Members

Chair: Claire Robinson
Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS)

Head, Holme Grange School
Heathlands Road
Berks RG40 3AL

Telephone: 0118 9781566

Stephen Lehec
Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC)

Kingston Grammer School
London Road, Kingston
Surrey KT2 6PY

Telephone: 0208 546 5875

GSA LogoHeather Hanbury
Girls’ School Association (GSA)

Lady Eleanor Holles School
Hanworth Road
TW12 3HF

Telephone: 0208 9791601

Francie Healy
The Society of Heads

Bethany School
Kent TN17 1LB

Telephone: 01580 211273

Mrs Tracey Wilson
Independent Schools Association (ISA)

Head Mistress
St John’s Priory School
St John’s Road, Banbury
Oxfordshire OX16 5HX

Telephone: 01295 259607

Kim Easton
Local Authority

Telephone: N/A

Jennifer Bray

31 The Esplanade

Telephone: 07906 224573