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NQT Update

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by welshwizard, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Good luck I hope that the situation resolves itself to your satisfaction
     
  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    February update
    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.
     
  3. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    April update
    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.
     
  4. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

  5. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    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..
     
  6. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    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
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/induction-for-newly-qualified-teachers-nqts
    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
     
  7. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    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.
     
  8. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    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.
     

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