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NQT in school in special measures

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by Little_Miss_Web_Princess, May 18, 2011.

  1. I've just found out the school which I have signed a contract for my NQT year has been put into special measures.
    What does this mean? What will the reality be?
    I'm so glad I've got a job, most people on the course haven't but does this mean I'm walking into hell in September?


     
  2. I've just found out the school which I have signed a contract for my NQT year has been put into special measures.
    What does this mean? What will the reality be?
    I'm so glad I've got a job, most people on the course haven't but does this mean I'm walking into hell in September?


     
  3. You need to contact the school and clarify your situation. Normally, schools on special measures are not allowe to employ NQTs. If a NQT is in post and the school goes into special measures then they are allowed to complete their induction, but the LA are duty bound to ensure that the NQT receives proper support and help.
    So contact the school as they will have to get permission from OFSTED to employ a NQT (you may have accepted the post but as yet you are not in post). The school must then talk to the LA and assure the LA that you will be fully supported and not subject to conditions that make meetiung the standards difficult.
    Special measures does not mean that a school cannot support a NQT and provide a good experience - it will in part depend on why the school entered special measures and if it is a specific department/section of the school. I would also request the name of the LA NQT adviser and talk directly to that person about the safeguards in place for you as a NQT in a school on special measures.
    James
     
  4. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    In my experience Ofsted allow existing appointments to continue and will keep a careful eye on the induction programme offered. In most instances it is beneficial to the NQT as additional training and support is available. The minus side is that you will probable receive more observations and checking of your work. Many Heads look for teachers with experience of difficult schools when making appointments.
     

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