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Dear James

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by jinxit, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Dear James, Last September I had an NQT assessment during the first half term, a work scrutiny observation, at the start of the second half term, a sip observation but then was off sick due to stress during the last week of term so I missed another NQT observation. Got some verbal feedback but nothing really written down I have been told at the start of this term that they are extending my NQT (basically starting it over). Feel quite annoyed/upset about this. What are my rights? Can they do this?
    Thanks
     
  2. Dear James, Last September I had an NQT assessment during the first half term, a work scrutiny observation, at the start of the second half term, a sip observation but then was off sick due to stress during the last week of term so I missed another NQT observation. Got some verbal feedback but nothing really written down I have been told at the start of this term that they are extending my NQT (basically starting it over). Feel quite annoyed/upset about this. What are my rights? Can they do this?
    Thanks
     
  3. Hi
    That is an odd response to failures on the part of the school. I would check with the NQT adviser at the LA if the LA is happy with this. Also check that you were indeed registered as a NQT on induction last September.
    Progress on induction does not have to be measured just by observation (indeed I would argue strongly that it shouldn't and should be a combination of evidence). The school has a role and responsibilities towards you and the LA to conduct your induction properly. Likewise you have a repsonsibility to continue meeting the standards in your teaching and to co-operate with the induction process. It seems grossly unfair to penalise you for a failure on their part.
    If a second observation done and the time off was short due to illness etc. the LA can reduce induction by up to 29 days if, at the end of the year you are meeting all the standards. Progress towards induction should, in my opinion, be evidenced through a range of things - e.g. you could gather a portfolio of evidence of your work to show that you are meeting the standards e.g. samples of marking, attendance at meetings, doing observations of other teachers, samples of pupil classwork etc etc.
    The schedulke of observations fopr NQTs is one in the first four weeks of employment and then 1 each half term afterwards so a minimum of six observations across the year. Some schools do more but there is no requirement to do more. If more are scheduled then why? If it is due to concerns, these would be flagged at the preceeding observation and an action plan and targets negotiated with the NQT. If this didn't happen then the extra obs at Xmas or the end of term is not crucial.
    An extension to induction is at the deiscretion of the LA not the school and to talk about an extension now, after one term is far too soon. So unless you were off ill for 30 days or more last term, ask the school and LA how they arrived at the decisiopn to extend induction.
    As you are in a post that lasts for more than a term by law you must be registered for induction. Just a wild thought here... have you actually been registered? Is the school covering up for a failure to notify the LA that you are a NQT on induction? Induction time cannot be backdated so if the school forgot last September to register you, when they did remember perhaps the LAQ refused to accept that and simply said that they would accept registratioin from the start of this term... again do check I may be wrong.
    If you were registered last September then, as I say, check with the LA adviser that they agree with this and ask for the reaosns for the extension to be placed in writing. Do also contact your union for more direct specialist help and advice. If all is going well, then there seems to be no reason to extend induction, and, as I say I think it is far too early for such a decision - if the school has failed to honour its committments and responsibilities then the LA should deal directly with the school to ensure that such a thing doies not happen again. You should not be the loser.
    James
     
  4. Hi James thanks for getting back so quickly to me, I presume that I have been registered as an NQT. My first observation went ok-got brief verbal feedback-they didnt say I was satisfactory or unsatisfactory etc and they gave me points for the next half term and how they were going to support me. Then with the other observations I got verbal feedback but nothing written down. Again they didnt say it was satisfactory/unsatisfactory etc I then took off sick 4 days in total and came back for the last few days.
    For this half term we have a new acting head teacher who has said that she is extending my nqt. Another member of staff mentioned in passing I had failed but the head said she didnt want to use those words. I have got in touch with my union who is coming to speak to me about this. Feel very confused and downheartened about this!
     
  5. Hi
    So the first thing to find out is if you have been properly registered. At the end of the autumn term you should have had a meeting to discuss your first term assessment and the paperwork should have been sent to the LA and you should have a copy of the paperwork. If none of that happened then the school is at major fault and the acting head may well be covering the situation. As I say, if you have a portfolio of evidence (which you could collect and collate now) from last term then you should not be punished for the shortcomings of the previous head, provided you can provide the evidence that you are making progress. If you have been registered then you have completed one term - you do not pass or fail induction term by term it is a matter of assessing if you are making good progress towards meeting the induction standards. There is no extension that can be applied at thios point if all you had off ill was 4 days.
    If there was any indication of you not making satisfactory progress this should have been flagged to you and the LA at the time not now. I also repeat that extension of induction is NOT at the discretiuon of the head or acting head but can only happen with the consent of the LA, so I suspect that the actinbg head may be trying to clear up issues left to him/her by the outgoing head - but at present perhaps they are not fully aware of their powers/remit.
    James
     

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