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NQT contract

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by alexrichard3142, May 8, 2020.


Should an NQT accept a fixed term contract?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. alexrichard3142

    alexrichard3142 New commenter

    Is it usual to be offered a 12 month fixed term contract for your NQT year? Should this put me off and keep looking for a school prepared to offer a permanent position?
  2. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

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  3. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    Worth remembering that a permanent contract really isn't permanent as you have no rights against dismissal for the first two years (except discrimination and a handful of other reasons)
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  4. NorthWest

    NorthWest New commenter

    I think fixed term contracts are becoming common place, it depends on the area/role again. I know of a primary job and a pe job that had over 100 applicants, so the employer controls a lot. Physics and Maths secondary and you are lucky if you get an applicant accept a permanent contract let alone getting an applicant apply for a fixed term contract!

    If you accept a FTC, do you still get the government school teacher % pay rise for your point for a September start or is that for permanent employees only?
  5. phatsals

    phatsals Senior commenter

    They've been commonplace for a number of years. The positive side is that if you don't like the school you can legitimately leave at the end of the year, you will also have completed your NQT year and it put's you in a far stronger position to find a permanent role. Many schools are reluctant to take on NQTs as there's a requirement to provide additional release time which has to be covered, 10% PPA plus 10% NQT time. 2nd year may well offer a wider choice.

    In terms of pay portability, that no longer exists as an entitlement. It is really important that you negotiate during the interview process, that you want to start on the next point up the scale. Many have been unpleasantly surprised to find they have not been moved up the scale automatically.
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  6. NorthWest

    NorthWest New commenter

    Interesting, so if you secure M1 on a fixed term in May, that M1 will not increase in line with the stpd published % increase M1 in September?
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  7. phatsals

    phatsals Senior commenter

    It used to be that if you had done 26 weeks on any particular point on the scale, you would automatically progress to the next point. That could have been as little as 1 day a week, but it was enough. Since the introduction of Performance Related Pay some years ago, it is not longer automatic. If you don't negotiate it you won't get it. If you are suggesting that you secure your first post in May, not the previous September, you would almost certainly not progress to M2. For one, it is less than a full term, and for two, you would be expected to demonstrate progress against your Performance Targets, quite simply not enough time.
  8. NorthWest

    NorthWest New commenter

    I meant
    M1 April £25k (made up figure let say)
    M1 Sept £25.5k (after % increase)
  9. phatsals

    phatsals Senior commenter

    Cost of living increase should form part of your pay award for the year, it is usually a given at the bottom of the payscale, but can be hit an miss as you progress through the scale.
  10. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    If you are in an LA school then yes it will. Any change in STPCD Main Pay Range Minimum applies whatever type of contract you are on.
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