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How many schools can I complete my NQT year in

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by kbennett2010, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Hello,
    I am seeking some clarification. How different schools can I do my NQT year in? I have completed my first term on a long-term supply job. I then took a terms job in a special school but was told I could not do my second NQT term as there is a limit of two schools. I have since seen advice saying you could do it in three?
    Any firm advice would be greatly received.
  2. As far as I am aware it is three as long as you are completing full terms in each of the schools.
  3. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    There is no limit to the number of schools you can do induction in but the minimum assessment period is one term so generally 3. However there are a number of schools and agencies who come up with all sort of "regulations" to get out of statutory induction.
  4. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Ultimately a maximum of 3 schools can have been involved in a completed Induction.
    It's possible for an NQT to have been 'on Induction' in more than 3 schools because sometimes what was meant to last for a term's length doesn't (return of permanent postholder earlier than expected, for eample) and the time served by the NQT does not lead to the completion of Induction paperwork for that placement.
    Some NQTs negotiate an early release from their contract, especially in term 3 if they are on target for a FAIL, so they will have been on Induction for more than 3 terms, possibly at more than 3 schools, by the time that they complete Induction.
    The SEN school should have registered you for Induction if you were taking a regular timetable for a term's length and were required to plan and assess.
    If you are still at the SEN school, and started just a few weeks ago, the LA might be prepared to allow your registration but you/the school will have to be quick to get it set up.
    If they don't allow the late registration of your start date, are you expected to still be employed at the school at this point in the Autumn term (2 weeks into September?). If yes, you can be registered from today/tomorrow and will complete an Induction term soon after school resumes in September.
    I think the Head is trying to avoid the hassle of providing Induction and the expense of covering a 10% reducd timetable.
    You could speak to the LA Induction Advisor nad get their take on your situation before taking it up with the Head. If the LA Advisor tells you that they will allow your start date to stand for registration, go to the head with it all cut and dried.
  5. John_in_Luton

    John_in_Luton Occasional commenter

    Unless you're employed part time by two or more different schools simultaneously, of course. So technically, as m'learned Welsh friend observes, there is no limit to the number of schools...
  6. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    very true. I'd forgotten about that scenario.
    You can be on Induction simultaneously at two or more schools, with the main employer (or the one that employed you first on an p/t Induction basis) organising all the official assessment paperwork and the other schools handing over information on the Induction service served at their schools.

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