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Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by welshwizard, Nov 2, 2016.
Good luck I hope that the situation resolves itself to your satisfaction
This is the half way stage in the induction cycle if you started in September.
If there are any concerns about the quality of your teaching then it is important that these are clarified and addressed now before it is too late. An Action Plan or support/ development plan is often used to provide additional support and monitoring when an NQT is in danger of not meeting standards. These plans are temporary should run for a few weeks and be formally reviewed with you before the time of the next termly assessment. Do question when you are unsure about anything on the plan such as targets and clarify exactly what is needed to show progress.
For the majority of NQTs no additional support beyond the standards induction framework of 10% time reduction and mentor support is needed.
So this is the final term if you started induction last September- congratulations on making it. Really the final term is very short and with 2 meeting standards assessments there should not be any issues in this term to prevent a final positive assessment- that is unless the induction provision has been substandard or somebody tries to play Mr or Mrs Silly. if that is the case you need to act quickly and decisively to prevent becoming "road kill".
I emphasise ...the vast majority of induction provision provides good support and an effective start to most teaching careers.
The final assessment confirms that teaching standards have been met for the purpose of induction across the induction period. The completed assessment goes to the Appropriate Body who in turn update your record on the NCTL website to show induction passed.
Congratulations and enjoy the summer.
The big issue his term seems to be meeting the school or departmental marking policy. Many of these policies need to take into account the revised DfE workforce guidance on
A school is on very shaky ground trying to argue that an NQT is underperforming if they are not up to date
Here it is the final half term and the completion of induction. Do ensure that the Final assessment is completed and sent to the appropriate body. do also put your comments on the form it is a great way of ensuring your mentor gets recognition for the support . It is also a formal way of identifying any issues about your induction and if the school is serious about improving then the Head will take note.
Do look at suggested areas for development and take them forward as targets to discuss in your performance management.
Look forward to the summer and recharging batteries for next academic year..
At the start of the Autumn term I thought that I would boost the thread for the new batch of NQTs.
Firstly do be aware that as a forum you will see a lot of people having major difficulties with induction. In the context of the big picture this is still a small proportion of the total NQTs starting induction in England. It is a worrying trend that my colleagues and I have noticed over the past few years. There are 4 key things as NQTs you need to do to help prepare for a successful induction
Read the statutory guidance -check what the processes are all about- it is not written in legal jargon and is really clear about what is needed
Work with your colleagues to plan lessons -if you are unsure ask about what happened last year. As an NQT it is unrealistic to expect you to plan from nothing. This is a key activity- most schools invest considerable CPD time in this at the start of term .
Organise yourself- get the basics sorted so you have pens/paper/ computer access, photocopying and room security codes. Get familiar with the school layout. Be clear about the lesson plan and particularly what you want the pupils to learn in that session.
Make time- to relax and unwind ,however you do this and don't neglect social links( in person not just via the internet). You will be tired but you do need to refresh yourself during the Autumn.
Enjoy the term
October half term is a good review point. First term of any induction is always hectic but do act now if you feel that there is not the level of mentor support or advice you need! You should have been: observed and received feedback, attended training either in school or outside and be meeting regularly wit your mentor to discuss your progress. The next step is a review meeting towards the end of this term during which you will discuss your progress so far and the first assessment report which is compiled for the end of term , a copy given to you and then it is sent to the Appropriate Body. There is space for your comments on the report - do use the opportunity even if its only to thank your mentor for their support this term.
End of term approaching and Christmas in sight!!!If you started in September then this is the first assessment period completed. You should have a review with your mentor and then a formal report on your progress this term is produced. As well as the discussion you can add your comments to the report. Do take this opportunity to add comments even if its just to thank your mentor for support . Remember induction is a two way process.
As you reach February half term then this is the half way stage in your induction with 1.5 terms already completed. Spring term is the time to ensure that you are getting full benefit from the induction period.
Re read your last assessment report and be clear about:-
Are your targets clear?
What areas are you going to focus upon?
What professional development opportunities are lined up this term?
@welshwizard Hi I have had a look at the link you posted and looked through the info. I wondered if you could clear something up fr me?
I have just started my new post this week, which is for two terms until August to be reviewed dependant on funding.
My job is at an academy teaching key stage 3 &4 and sixth form. My PGCE is an FE initial teacher training so I have not yet obtained QTLS (planning to apply for 31st Jan)
does this mean I can not undertake my induction as an NQT?
Qualified teacher status
2.10 An NQT cannot undertake statutory induction (or a period of employment counting towards induction) unless they have been awarded QTS. Headteachers/principals and appropriate bodies must check with the National College for Teaching and Leadership that the individual holds QTS.
Statutory Induction only applies to teachers who have gained QTS or whose qualifications are recognised as QTS equivalent.
QTLS plus membership of the Society of Education and Training makes you exempt from induction anyway.
You need to separate statutory induction from the institutions induction. There should be a planned programme for any new teacher to help them settle into the role particularly to make you familiar KS3.
The summer term is the final term if your induction started last September. By this stage the programme should be almost completed but do be aware that it is only the FINAL ASSESSMENT report that confirms that induction has been passed. If everything is on track and you are not aware of any problems then completing induction is a straightforward process. The problems arise when there are "last term" and "last minute" issues that suddenly seem to crop up- despite the schools having almost a full year to address these. The statutory guidance is clear - there should be no surprises at any stage and if you do find yourself in a situation where the school are quibbling about you passing then do challenge them. This is a legitimate response and you should seek advice and support from the appropriate body and also your union.
Have a good summer term
So the final stretch is here. The last assessment for those completing induction will be at the end of this term. Unless you have been advised differently or there has been additional support for any concerns then it is a straight run in to complete induction. Do however check to be sure and do not assume. A number of NQTs have been caught out by last minute issues which have "suddenly appeared" . If you are in this situation do challenge it and post on this thread and I will respond or PM me.
Have a good summer!
Update for September 2018
Welcome to the new NQTs starting induction in September. Getting ready for the new term also involves being clear about the induction arrangements in your school. Induction as a statutory requirement and the requirements are specific.
Formal registration with an Appropriate Body
Regular review of teaching
A planned programme of development building upon ITT
A named contact for any concerns which cannot be resolved in school
Download the National Guidance from here
Increasingly schools are under budget pressures so you may not find the level of support and training that has been offered to previous NQTs please ensure that this is not detrimental to the quality of your induction.
You only have one opportunity to complete induction do use it wisely.