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Yes, you can do your induction year in an independent school!

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by TheoGriff, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    This is a question that crops up every year.
    Yes, it is
    perfectly possible to begin your teaching career by doing your
    induction in an independent school. At the end of the year (assuming
    you complete it successfully), you have the same status as NQTs who
    worked in state schools, and can work in either sector.
    For general information, try this link.
    http://www.isc.co.uk/TeachingZone_InductionandtheWorkofISCtip.htm
    For more information on independent schools, go to the TES Independent Forum.
    And read here a newspaper article about induction in an independent school:


    New teachers can - but don't have to - do their induction year in the
    independent sector, and if the rules are followed it counts in the same
    way as in the state sector. Mind you, offering induction is not
    compulsory for independent schools, so check whether the school is
    eligible and offers it. The school must teach the national curriculum
    and have what's called an 'Appropriate Body' to oversee the process. In
    independent schools, this will be either a local authority or the
    Independent Schools Council Teacher Induction Panel.



    Liz Bailey teaches Spanish at Surbiton High School, a large independent
    school in southwest London. She enjoyed her teaching experiences in
    state schools when she did her PGCE at the University of London's
    Institute of Education, but feels she's made a great decision. She
    loves the status modern foreign languages have in her school and gets
    on well with the girls she teaches. She gets paid on the United Church
    Schools Trust pay scale, which is slightly more than she'd get in the
    maintained sector.



    People had warned her that induction in an independent school might not
    be very well organised but she's found the opposite. She's one of five
    people undergoing induction at Surbiton High and they get a great deal.
    Liz was appointed from 1 July so she could get to know the school,
    staff and systems before September, and didn't have to take a summer
    job to survive until first pay cheque. In fact, the school paid for her
    to go on a three week university course in Spain over the summer. As
    well as the usual newly qualified teacher (NQT) entitlement, such as
    the 10 per cent reduced timetable, she has a professional mentor and
    monitoring and support from a deputy head who used to be a teacher
    educator at Roehampton and Kings. The training she gets is tailored to
    her needs: for instance, there isn't much on behaviour management
    because it's not a big issue in the classes she teaches.



    Headteacher, Dr Jennifer Longhurst says, "New teachers benefit from
    working in a community where respect and service to others is the ethos
    and with highly motivated students who are keen to learn." She
    believes in supporting new teachers and helping their professional
    development: "Being an NQT in a school like Surbiton High School can be
    the best start for a teaching career."


    Best wishes to everyone starting out on the best career in the world!
     
  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Thanks to Theo - yes and you can also do induction in Special schools.Do always check on interview that an induction will be offered-regardless of the school status whether independent or state. Induction has to be a planned programme incorporating non contact time for teachers.Too many schools do not provide an effective induction- read the NQT blogs.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Bump up!
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Away up again. There are jobs for September advertised already.
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Up . . .
     
  6. I am starting a PGCE at Kings College London In Sept and have been advised by other teachers that doing an induction year at an independent school (secondary) would be "career suicide" because if you then wanted to move into a state school later in your career they would be likely to choose a candidate who has come from a state school. This is because an independent school is seen as a far easier option than a state school and so might count against you because you might not be able to manage in this sector. Any thoughts on this?

     
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  9. Hi Theo
    Thanks for your prompt response and the links above which have really put a lot of my concerns to rest. I still have one concern though, I read (in the TES) that independent schools can often feel the effects of a recession long after it has started. With this is mind,would you say it is wise to move into an indy school with the threat of redundancy looming? Wouldn't it be 'safer' to stick with a state school for a couple of years?

    Thanks
    TC
     
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Go to the indy forum and open the Welcome thread. It will tell you about the different sorts of indy school.
    Some are less financially secure than others.
    Best wishes
     
  11. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  12. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Bump
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I shall be doing Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contributing to the Job Application Seminars and Weekend Workshops over February half term. We shall be looking at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Weekend Workshop on applications is on Sunday 23rd January. Contact advice@tes.co.uk for more details on all of these.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  13. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Bump this up . . .
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Applications Workshop I'm doing that still has vacancies is on Friday 25th February. www.tesweekendworkshop15.eventbrite.com

    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for more details of how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  14. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Up again
    _________________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    There is now another seminar on Applying for Senior Leadership on 13th March.
    www.tesweekendworkshop17.eventbrite.com
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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