NQT

Roles and responsibilities

Induction Checklist

The NQT should: 

  • provide evidence that they have QTS and are eligible to start induction
  •  meet with their induction tutor to discuss and agree priorities for their induction programme and keep these under review
  • agree with their induction tutor how best to use their reduced timetable allowance
  • provide evidence of their progress against the relevant standards 
  • participate fully in the agreed monitoring and development programme
  • raise any concerns with their induction tutor as soon as practicable;
  • consult their appropriate body named contact at an early stage if there are or may be difficulties in resolving issues with their tutor/within the institution
  • keep track of and participate effectively in the scheduled classroom observations, progress reviews and formal assessment meetings;
  • agree with their induction tutor the start and end dates of the induction period/part periods and the dates of any absences from work during any period/part period
  • retain copies of all assessment forms. 

Reviews and formal assessments

For full-time newly qualified teachers (NQTs), three formal assessment meetings will be conducted over the induction period. For part-time NQTs, the meetings are carried out on a pro rata basis. After each of the first two formal assessment meetings, the headteacher/principal will send an assessment report on the NQT's progress.

At the end of induction, the headteacher/principal will recommend whether or not the NQT has successfully met the teaching standards.

In terms of review and formal assessment, the statutory guidance places the following expectations on the induction tutor, NQT, headteacher/principal, and the appropriate body:

Induction tutor:

to schedule & carry out progress reviews and coordinate three formal assessment meetings & complete end of term evidence based assessment

NQT:

keep track of, and participate effectively in, the scheduled progress reviews and assessment meetings.

Headteacher/principal:

ensure termly assessments  are  evidence  based/completed on time by the tutor and sent to the appropriate  body  with  a  recommendation on whether or not standards have been met at the end of the period.

Appropriate body:

at the end of the induction period, decide whether there is enough evidence to suggest the NQT has met the teaching standards (in the final term -pass or fail) and notify the relevant parties within the agreed time limits; provide the DfE with data on NQTs starting or completing induction and those who start and then leave/resign from a school/college part  way through an induction period.

Formal assessment meeting

Formal assessment meetings must be held prior to submitting the end of term assessment form.   They provide an opportunity for tutors to discuss with the NQT what they will be writing about them - there should be no surprises !  They should be informed by descriptive evidence of the NQT's  professional  practice  including  the outcome of progress  review meetings.

Objectives/targets should be reviewed and revised in relation to the teaching standards and the needs and strengths of the individual NQT. The outcomes of the final term formal assessment meeting provide an opportunity for the induction tutor and NQT to take stock of what has been achieved over the entire induction period and prepare the NQT for involvement in performance management arrangements during their RQT year

Evidence of progress towards meeting the teaching standards

Over the course of the induction  period, evidence from day-to-day practice as well as from specific development activities will build up to show how the NQT is making progress towards meeting the teaching standards.  There is no requirement to maintain a portfolio of evidence against each standard,  however it is good practice for the NQT to do so.

Progress review meeting

Progress reviews are an opportunity for the induction tutor and NQT to discuss achievements and agree any changes to the induction plan in terms of objectives/targets or actions. Progress reviews should be held half-termly (pro rata for part-time NQTs) and it is good practice to schedule them in at the start of induction.

The NQT and induction tutor should be properly prepared before the progress review meeting. For the induction tutor, this includes seeking feedback from other colleagues who have, for example, run specialist induction sessions or observed the NQT.

Key points for completing assessments:

Enf of term assessment forms are to be completed by the Tutor/Head online via NQT manager.

  1. All sections must be completed
  2. Reports must be evidence based
  3. They must make reference to (and only to) the teaching standards & how they have been met/not met.
  4. They must state clear development targets for the following term
  5. They must be submtted by the due dates shown on NQT manager.

Calculating Induction

All NQTs must serve a minimum of 195 working days in order to complete induction.

Part-time NQTs must cover the same number of sessions as a full-time NQT and this is calculated on a pro-rata basis.   To calculate the length of induction for a part-time NQT, divide 195 by their part-time proportion, for example:

an NQT on a 0.6 contract, divide 195 by 0.6 = 325.

So in this example the duration of the NQT's induction will be 325 working days or 65 working weeks.