How induction will look to you

Induction information for NQTs

In this section, we take you through a single period/term of induction and link to key information and forms which will help you. The key pro formas and guides to observing lessons, the Action/Development Plan and writing assessments referred to in bold type below together with a copy of the NQT Welcome Pack can be downloaded from this site.

Each term, and actually half term (or period), of induction is the same. If you are a part timer, induction will take longer – see the section at the foot of this page.

Getting started

Before you start induction, you should be registered with IStip, after having been awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will meet with your tutor or mentor and begin to plan your programme for the term: you should use the Record of Induction here and put in key meetings and lesson observations. Make sure you have a copy of the standards: the Teachers’ Standards – Evidence Tracker is useful as it can help you track your progress and provide evidence of it.

The minimum requirements of evidence pro forma lists what you need to collect; the Record of Induction ensures that what is gathered is secure (i.e. signed, counter-signed and dated), whether you work electronically or in hard copy.

You will need an Action & Development Plan to set objectives which are relevant to your needs and to the context of the school. These should be reviewed at least every half term. You may also have a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) from your ITT that you may also use, but this is not mandatory.

During the term

You will need to be observed at least twice per term (once in the first 4 weeks, once per half term), for induction purposes (ie you will be assessed against the Standards). For each formal observation, your tutor will complete a form, and you will evaluate the lesson as well.

You will meet regularly (we’d suggest weekly) with your tutor or mentor, to track all your progress inside and outside the classroom, against the Standards and these meetings will be minuted by you.

Each half term, you will meet with your tutor to formally review your progress and you should prepare for this meeting, which needs to be minuted (by your tutor) in more detail than the regular sessions.

The idea is to capture all key evidence as you go along, so that it can be used by your tutor in writing the end of term/period assessment form.

Finishing off the term

At the end of term, you will have a second review meeting, then about a week later, there will be a formal assessment meeting when your progress towards the Standards is summarised in a form completed (on-line) by your tutor. You have to add your comments and sign it as well, before the Head reads it, and also signs (the Head is legally responsible for induction in a school).

Being an active participant in this process is important, so track your progress, seek out professional development opportunities and observe other members of staff regularly (a minimum of 6 times over the induction period) and note down what you learn. This is what your 10% NQT time is to be used for: it’s really easy to allow marking and preparation to take over all non contact periods, but you must set aside time for induction related activities.

Subsequent terms

Terms two and three repeat this pattern, and at the end of your final period of induction the school will recommend to you and to us as the Appropriate Body whether you have passed or failed your NQT year.

Troubleshooting: what to do if you experience difficulties

You probably won’t, and the vast majority of NQTs find the year to be a positive and rewarding experience.

If you should experience any difficulties you don’t feel can be resolved within the school, or you have been told you are at risk of failing the year, then please get in touch with us. You should also read section 4 of the guidance.

Part time NQTs

It takes longer for a part-time NQT to complete induction, as you must finish the equivalent of one full academic year. For example, an NQT working half full time equivalent (0.5FTE) will take twice as long – or two years – to complete induction.

To calculate the exact length of time it will take for a part time NQT to complete induction, take the number of days in the school year and divide by your FTE percentage: for example, 173/0.6 = 288 days of your scheduled employment might be needed to complete the induction if you were an NQT on 0.6 FTE.

Once you know this figure, you can work out how long each of the three individual assessment periods should be for: in the above example, it is 288/3 = 96 days.