Dear Sage, I am currently completing a Secondary Science 11-18 PGCE. I have accepted a post for September at a Sixth Form College where I did my first school placement. The College has been very supportive and enthusiastic so far and have said they will do everything to support me through the NQT year. It is a large college and they have many other NQTs. My question or worry relates to the minimum time that needs to be spent in school or with school aged children in the induction year. This was not something I was aware of when I accepted the job and was not raised by the College when they were outlining the ways they would support me. I do not believe the College is aware of this requirement and I am worried how to raise this as I think it will be very difficult for the College if I need to be away teaching in a school for a period of time when I will have my own classes. I tried ringing the TDA and Teaching Agency regarding this so I could be clear when I speak to the College. They have both advised me that there is no minimum time to be spent with compulsory school aged children and that it is the Local Authority's and Colege's judgement to send me to a school for a period of time or not. I have been unable to contact a knowledgeable person at the Local Authority. If there is a need for me to spend time in school I would like to contact the College to make sure they are aware of this. If you could provide any additional advice that would be appreciated.