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NQT enquiry

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by sem1, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Hi, I am a part time Nqt 0.8 FTE and started my post in September so my first formal assessment is due in January. I have had no other type of observation as my mentor is happy with undergoing just the three formal assessments. Do I need to have any additional assessments? Or is the 3 formal assessments enough? Also I have not signed any forms from my mentor relating Nqt things and I have just kept a record of my own professional development in appropriate files. I was just concerned as to how much support I was getting and do not want to fail my year on the basis of only having done three formal assessments. Another issue I have is the strike action tomorrow, as I'm 0.8 FTE I have to work 195 days to complete my Nqt year. My head teacher said that striking will effect a day so i will owe a day if I strike. The head teacher then said that if I choose Not to strike it won't affect any days out of the 195 I need to complete and that if I stand outside the school gates ( as the whole school is closed) reminding parents/ children that school is closed due to strikes. Is this acceptable ? I was pretty upset and decided to therefore go on strike and risk loosing a days Nqt work. Hope all my posts make sense regards :)
     
  2. Hi, I am a part time Nqt 0.8 FTE and started my post in September so my first formal assessment is due in January. I have had no other type of observation as my mentor is happy with undergoing just the three formal assessments. Do I need to have any additional assessments? Or is the 3 formal assessments enough? Also I have not signed any forms from my mentor relating Nqt things and I have just kept a record of my own professional development in appropriate files. I was just concerned as to how much support I was getting and do not want to fail my year on the basis of only having done three formal assessments. Another issue I have is the strike action tomorrow, as I'm 0.8 FTE I have to work 195 days to complete my Nqt year. My head teacher said that striking will effect a day so i will owe a day if I strike. The head teacher then said that if I choose Not to strike it won't affect any days out of the 195 I need to complete and that if I stand outside the school gates ( as the whole school is closed) reminding parents/ children that school is closed due to strikes. Is this acceptable ? I was pretty upset and decided to therefore go on strike and risk loosing a days Nqt work. Hope all my posts make sense regards :)
     
  3. Feel for you. It is not your job to stand outside school reminding anyone of anything, surely the school should have sent home relevant letters or other communications. If you have a day off ill would that affect your days worked? I think your union would be able to give you specialist advice on your situation, are you getting enough PPA and your NQT entitlement time, pro rata, should still be almost a day a week? Is there any opportunity for you to increase your hours as supply on some occasions over the year, or in fact to be turned into a full time contract. The number of formal observations sounds appropriate to me, again, I would talk to your union if you are unsure. Are you accessing any LEA provided NQT support and training? Good luck, keep going, enjoy it, and make the most of tomorrow in whatever way you choose.
     
  4. Thank you for the reply, yes the school sent out letters but the head still wanted me to stand outside, obviously I refused this as I do not think if is appropriate. I do attend Nqt training provided by the lea and update my standards accordingly. Although my mentor never checks my files and as stated i have mot filled out any forms or had any observations yet! The problem is that I have heard that you should have 6 observations altogether and that just got me worried slightly. I do a job share so hence the fact that I work 4 times a week, the head did say I could do supply on my day off if it is needed, but again that's not a guarantee and officially I owe 10 paid days. it's just annoying as the head didn't even realise that I needed extra days to complete my Nqt year I only found this out by checking on my Nqt manager forum! So officially I started the job thinking 4 days a week would be okay completing my Nqt year but obviously the head got this wrong! Hmmm slightly annoying :|
     
  5. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Your position is little different from that of any other NQT. If a f/t NQT strikes, it will be counted as an absence from work, just as yours will.
    For any NQT, the Induction Final Assessment can be made at the originally intended date even if there have been 29 days or fewer absent from work ... as long as the NQT has met all the standards in the reduced work time.
    If they are not quite meeting the Standards, the employer should not seek to assess them 'early' and should allow the missed days to be served to allow the standards to be met in the equivalent of 195 work days.
    If total absences reach 30 days or more, those missing days HAVE TO BE SERVED before a verdict can be reached on the final Induction term.
     
  6. Hi
    In rtotal there should be six observations across the induction year (I know that as you are at 0.8 it will extend into year 2) not three. Schools/mentors/the LA decide on what evidence should be collected and how it should be presented. At the end of each 'term' the school must provide a report to the LA on your progress. This must be written, agreed and signed by you and the school before it is submitted, so there would be reports for 'term' one and two and then a final recommendation in term three from the Head about passing (or not) induction. The LA is the body that decides on whether they accept the heads recommendation (in over 95% of cases they do.
    The head was being 'naughty' asking you to explain the strike to parents (I'm aware you went on strike). If the head is not on strike then there is no reaosnm whyhe/she could not do that job, though the parents would have been informed by letter and vai the school/LA websitre on what was happening at that particular school.
    Yes you will lose an induction day, but as stated, if at the end of the induction period everything is fine, you are meeting the standards and the head is recommending a pass then the LA can reduce the induction year by 1 day as this was an exceptional case (the strike was exceptional whichever way you look at it!). Ultimatekly it is the LA that decides on these things and not the Head.
    James
     

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