Information for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT’s)

Induction

All new teachers in England and Wales are required to complete an induction programme lasting one academic year (pro-rata for part time). During the induction you are assessed against Core Standards in England and End of Induction Standards in Wales.

Think about the type of institution you would like to be in when completing your induction year and look at the sort of support you will get there during your induction.

You are able to complete your induction in maintained schools and in non-maintained special schools. If certain criteria are met you can also complete your induction in further education institutions and sixth form colleges, independent schools (including academies and city technology colleges) and early years settings. You cannot complete your induction in a school that is in ‘special measures.’

If you wish to go straight into short-term supply work before completing your induction year, you are able to do so but this can only be done for a maximum period of 16 months. One full term of supply work can count towards your induction year.

You should not teach more than 90% of a normal timetable during induction. In addition you will receive a minimum of 10% PPA time (planning, preparation and assessment time). You are entitled to a planned induction programme that has been tailored to your needs. You should also be appointed an induction tutor who provides day-to-day monitoring and support.

Agencies / Recruitment Companies

In the absence of a permanent teaching post it is well worth exploring the option of finding work through employment agencies. Many of the specialist teaching agencies are sensitive to the issues and needs of NQTs. More importantly, the opportunity to work in schools and to build on your existing expertise and experience can greatly help your job-search. Supply teachers often find the experience useful to build contacts and also gain greater insights into the kinds of schools and roles that suit them best.

Unions

These have some excellent pages for students and NQTs with careers information and advice as well as useful guidance on your induction year:

NASUWT: www.nasuwt.org.uk

NUT: www.teachers.org.uk

ATL: www.atl.org.uk

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