Hi James, I know that you must get asked this question repeatedly. I just wanted to ask it from my specific angle. At interview I asked about induction and was told that NQT time was incredibly flexible, could be stored up and used for courses etc that I wanted to go on, if I wanted to use it that way. However, I arrived at school... brought up the subject of NQT time and am being given the distinct impression that it is not acceptable. Phrases such as 'if you feel that you really need professional development in a certain area then we can arrange for you to have some time, but you might find you only need an hour here or there' are the standard. I have spoken to other staff who have been at the school since their induction year, who were never given the statutory amount of NQT time. (Perhaps 5 hours in the whole year). I originally asked my head of KS about NQT time and it has been escalated to the deputy and subsequently to the head who have both been quick to reiterate that this time is only to be used for professional development, which in their opinion does not include planning, preparation or marking. (This is not all I want to spend my time doing, but it would be good to have the option). I have also been told that I am to seek professional development within school before looking at any courses, which I see the benefit of. Naturally, these meetings are going to occur outside of my (and other teachers') contact time and eat into my personal time. The feeling I get is that if I try to push for the time that I am owed that I am going to get pushed out and at the very least develop a reputation for being hard work, which in an increasingly tight job market is not ideal. It seems as though so many people face these difficulties but because it is an employers market, we're just too scared to stand up for ourselves. I am extremely upset and disappointed as this is not what I bought into. What can I do? Thank you.