Personalising the induction programme...
Each NQT should have an individual programme of professional development, support, monitoring and assessment. The programme is planned by the induction tutor/co-ordinator together with the NQT and should:
- make effective use of the 10 per cent reduced timetable (which is in addition to PPA time entitlement for every teacher). Suggested uses for NQT time
- include development opportunities
- ensure regular reviews of progress, including observations and prompt feedback
- take into account the NQT's previous experiences during and where relevant, since initial teacher training
- in an FE institution or sixth form college should provide the NQT with the required school experience and placement for teaching children of compulsory school age
- allow rapid advancement towards excellence in teaching, taking account of/and in relation to the teaching standards
During the induction period a range of development opportunities should be planned.
These could include:
- observing experienced colleagues, excellent practice or those with a specialism, e.g. a SENCO
- broadening knowledge, skills and understanding of special educational needs
- focused visits to other schools/colleges and settings beyond the workplace
- participating in more formal training events and courses according to needs
- working alongside others within the department or school/ college
- meetings between induction tutor and NQT’s to consider progress and development, and increasing knowledge and awareness of information, advice and guidance (IAG) and developing skills to assist teachers and schools/colleges in the delivery of impartial IAG.
Setting objectives & agreeing action plans…
Professional development objectives provide a strong sense of purpose and direction to those directly involved in induction and help newly qualified teachers to not only meet the teaching standards but also look towards their longer-term professional development.
Appropriate objectives provide a basis for reviewing your progress, and enable you and your induction tutor to identify both the aspects of the induction programme that are supporting development and any areas in which improvements may need to be made. Objectives in the induction period need to be carefully thought through and designed to meet the individual needs and circumstances of each NQT.
Objectives need to be challenging but realistic, with a precise focus linked to the teaching standards in any action plans, making it easier to review progress and provide evidence in the assessment reports. It is important to identify the support that you will require in order to meet the objectives. This support includes identifying who will be responsible for what, and when activities will take place - all should be documented.
If there are concerns that you may not meet the teaching standards by the end of induction, the headteacher/principal/ Induction Tutor should act early to ensure further support is arranged and documented as soon as possible.
An Induction period may be extended in certain circumstances and these are laid out in the regulations and detailed in the statutory guidance - any such decision must involve discussions with and be made final by the appropriate body for induction (LA) - not the school/college.
See ‘what if things seem to be going wrong’ on the next page for further information.
Training courses (CPD)…
Each year we offer a number of very popular training courses targeted at NQTs. These courses are listed under the 'available courses' button on your dashboard when logged into NQT Manager.
In addition to these courses there are vast number of specialist / phase / subject specific courses available from One Education who provide a comprehensive list of CPD opportunities every school term throughout the academic year. For further details, please visit their website.
If you are interested in any of these courses, please liaise with your Induction Tutor/Co-ordinator or Head/Principal in the first instance as the majority of their courses do incur a charge.