Every teacher awarded qualified teacher status (QTS) has a statutory requirement to complete an induction period for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT).
Induction is the bridge between initial teacher training and a career in teaching. It combines a personalised programme of development, support and professional dialogue with monitoring and an assessment of performance against the relevant standards. The programme should support NQTs in demonstrating that their performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory by the end of the period and equip them with the tools to be an effective teacher.
To be able to continue to teach without restrictions in maintained schools, non-maintained special schools in England, maintained nursery schools, maintained children’s centres and pupil referral units, NQTs must successfully complete the required induction period, equivalent to three terms of teaching, by meeting the Teachers’ Standards (England).
The Appropriate Body is responsible for deciding whether NQTs meet the Teachers’ Standards (England), based on their head teacher’s recommendation. In Norfolk, Ignite Teaching School and the Sapientia Teaching School act as Appropriate Bodies. Please contact them directly to find out more information about their specific programmes and costs.
What are the Teachers’ Standards (England)?
The Teachers’ Standards are used to assess all those completing their statutory induction period, as well as all other teachers in maintained schools. The decision about whether an NQT has met the relevant standards upon completion of induction should take into account the NQT’s work context and must be made on the basis of what can be reasonably expected of an NQT by the end of their induction period within the framework set out by the Standards. Judgements should reflect the expectation that NQTs have effectively consolidated their initial teacher education and demonstrated their ability to meet the relevant standards consistently over a sustained period in their practice.
Where can induction be completed?
Induction can be served in the following institutions if certain criteria are met:
• a relevant school in England – this includes a maintained infant, junior, primary, secondary or middle school; a maintained or non-maintained nursery school; a nursery school that forms part of a maintained school; a local authority maintained children’s centre; and a pupil referral unit (PRU)
• an independent school in England (including academies, free schools, and city technology colleges) or an independent nursery school that chooses to offer statutory induction
• a further education (FE) institution including a sixth form college in England
• a school or FE institution in Wales in which an induction period may be served under the Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (Wales) Regulations 2005 including maintained schools, maintained nursery schools that provide an opportunity to meet the standards, non-maintained special schools and independent schools that meet the national curriculum requirements
• a British school overseas which is inspected by a DfE approved inspectorate against the British Schools Overseas Standards and is a member of a DfE accredited association.
RQTs are in their second or third year of teaching. The increase in teaching contact time, more responsibilities and lack of mentor who could help during the NQT year often means that being a RQT can be a very challenging time in an individual’s career. To continue to support RQTs, many Teaching Schools offer tailored course that will enable the teacher to manage their workload and performance management expectations more seamlessly. These courses are on this website but if you would like to discuss your needs please contact one of the Teaching Schools directly.