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NQT- probation extended

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by natjtaylor, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. natjtaylor

    natjtaylor New commenter


    I'm currently undertaking my nqt year on a one year maternity contract.
    My observations have indicated I am doing well, with no major issues.
    Yesterday I went to see my HOD for observation feedback and was told my job probation period (not NQT probation) was being extended. This came as a complete shock as I've seen no negative feedback about my performance at all.
    My concern is that if I'm failing my job probation period, it follows that I'm also failing my NQT but as I said, I've had no issues raised so far.
    Any advice appreciated.
  2. MsBehaving

    MsBehaving New commenter

    @natjtaylor I guess more information is needed. What is your contract other than maternity cover? Is there the possibility of staying there?
    I would take a deep, calming breathe and ask the HOD to clarify as you didn't take in all the information. Sometimes everything in teaching can feel like a criticism. In this case, there may be a reason that you haven't brought about. Plus side - no negative feedback and your NQT year has not been brought into question. Good luck
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Ask what this means in a practical sense. What is the difference to you if you are on probation or not? Does it affect pay or conditions?

    Having one extended does not mean you are failing the other.
  4. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    The cynic in me suspects this is to avoid giving your next pay increment and I think you should contact your Union for advice. Although I am a bit confused as it sounds like your contract is only for a year anyway.
  5. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    I'm thinking with the limited info given; yes you are a good NQT but they want a better one. Probationary periods mean they can swap you at the drop of a hat.
  6. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Established commenter

    Did you ask the HoD for feedback when you had this probation review? If you didn’t, why not? They’ve mentioned that they’re extending your probation so that you are entitled to know this information. As a HT myself, I often conduct reviews of colleagues and if I have concerns, I will let them know and put a performance improvement plan in place if necessary.
  7. Fleecyblanket

    Fleecyblanket New commenter

    The OP didn't have a probation review so wouldn't have needed to ask about probation. I understand the feedback was following an NQT observation.
  8. Fleecyblanket

    Fleecyblanket New commenter

    You need to read the school's probationary policy.

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