I thought that it would be appropriate to update my thread pinned to the top of this forum. This is the stage of the year that schools begin to consider the first assessment of NQTs who started in September. From previous experience some NQTs get a shock when faced with a not meeting standards assessment as they thought everything was all right. Do evaluate the support you have received to date and take action if this is lacking. INDUCTION IS STATUTORY . The Statutory Guidance is on the DFE website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/induction-for-newly-qualified-teachers-nqts This dictates the levels of support ,reduced timetable and arrangements for monitoring that you should expect. This applies to any induction programme regardless of the status of the school whether academy/free or LA. Schools under financial pressure are taking more shortcuts with induction support and professional training- do resist and fight for what was a hard fought for right .i.e. That New Teachers entering the profession are supported in their first year receive a reduced timetable and help from experienced colleagues. If you are a "cause for concern" or not meeting standards please do not panic. Induction is 3 terms for a reason and it is the FINAL assessment that determines that induction is passed. If there are areas of concern then a clear action plan or programme of support needs to be provided to help you make progress. The statutory guidance is supportive and is based upon the premise that teachers need development in the early stages. You have a responsibility for your own professional development. This is often overlooked. I have experienced many NQTs having problems who have changed schools and subsequently passed induction. Some of those are now senior leaders and a couple of Heads. (Yes I am that old - the avatar is very flattering!) So be clear about what is needed and do ensure that you fully engage with the induction process.