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Suitable Posts for Induction

When a school considers recruiting an NQT to a post, it should ensure it has the relevant supervision and training available to meet the NQT's development needs. This includes the appointment of an induction tutor with QTS and a Headteacher/Principal able to make a recommendation about whether the NQT's performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory. The school also needs to ensure that it has the capacity to support the NQT and are able to facilitate a fair and effective assessment of the NQT's conduct and efficiency as a teacher against the relevant standards. These are particularly important considerations for schools in 'special measures' or 'requires improvement' categories to ensure they can sustain the induction programme and not put the NQT at a disadvantage, as this could hinder their progress and ultimately result in their failing their induction. Please note that schools in special measures should not be offering to take an NQT for induction unless Ofsted specify they have the capacity to do so. An NQT already in place when special measures are announced may remain and continue with induction unless otherwise recommended.

The following are not exhaustive lists, but provide key points about the suitability of a post for induction. For more guidance see the Statutory guidance on induction for newly qualified teachers.

The post MUST:

  • provide the NQT with the necessary employment tasks, experience and support to enable them to demonstrate satisfactory performance against the relevant standards throughout and by the end of the induction period. Please note that, although NQTs are able to do induction on a part-time basis LEaRN will not usually accept NQTs on induction on less than a 0.4 basis - this is because LEaRN considers that such a post will not be able to provide the continuity and consistency of experience and support required
  • provide the NQT with a suitable monitoring and support programme, personalised to meet their professional and development needs
  • provide the NQT with observations of experienced teachers either in school or at another school where effective practice has been identified
  • provide the NQT with a reduced timetable to enable them to undertake acitivities in their induction programme. The timetable should be no more than 90% of the timetable of other main scale teachers in the school, which is in addiition to the PPA time that all teachers receive. In essence, as a minimum amd NQT must receive 10% PPA and 10% NQT time
  • ensure that the NQT regularly teaches the same class(es) with similar planning, teaching and assessment processes to those in which other teachers working in similar substantive posts at the school are engaged.

The post MUST NOT:

  • be short-term - supply work of less than one term cannot count towards induction, as such posts will not provide an NQT with the breadth of experience, support and assessment to enable them to demonstrate that their performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory
  • involve them in additional non-teaching responsibilities without the provision of appropriate preparation and suppor.
  • just provide day-to-day cover of absent teachers, but involve teaching the whole curriculum (in primary schools) or of one or more particular subjects (in secondary schools)
  • place demands upon the NQT which are unreasonable and outside the age range and/or subject(s) for which the NQT is employed to teach
  • present the NQT with disciplinary problems, that are unreasonably demanding on a day-to-day basis.