For full-time NQTs, three formal assessment meetings will be conducted over an induction period. For part-time NQTs, the meetings are carried out on a pro rata basis.
After each of the first two formal assessment meetings, the headteacher/principal will send an assessment report on your progress towards meeting the teaching standards to the Appropriate Body (LA). At the end of induction, the headteacher/principal will recommend whether or not you have successfully met the teaching standards.
In terms of review and formal assessment, the statutory guidance places the following expectations on the induction tutor, NQT, headteacher/ principal, and the appropriate body:
Induction tutor (or Co-ordinator) : to carry out regular progress reviews and co-ordinate three formal end of term assessments/meetings.
NQT: to keep track of, and participate effectively in, the scheduled progress reviews and assessment meetings.
Headteacher/principal: to ensure termly assessment forms are completed and sent to the appropriate body (LA), including the recommendation on whether standards have been met at the end of the period.
Appropriate body: at the end of the induction period, decide whether the NQT has met the teaching standards to successfully complete induction and notify the relevant parties within the agreed time limits; provide the government Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) with data on NQTs starting or completing induction and those who start and then leave a school/college part way through an induction period.
Progress review meetings…
Progress reviews are an opportunity for you and your induction tutor to discuss achievements and agree any changes to the induction plan in terms of objectives or actions. Progress reviews should be held half-termly (pro-rata for part-time NQTs) and it is good practice to schedule them in at the start of induction.
Both you and your induction tutor should be properly prepared before the progress review meeting.
For an NQT this may include maintaining a self evaluation and/or a portfolio of evidence, identifying courses you wish to attend etc. For the induction tutor, this includes seeking feedback from mentors and other colleagues who have, for example, run specialist induction sessions or observed you in the classroom.
Formal assessment meetings…
The formal assessment meeting, prior to completing the assessment form, should be informed by descriptive evidence of your professional practice against the teaching standards and the outcome of progress review meetings and objectives/targets set.
Objectives/targets should be reviewed and revised in relation to the teaching standards and your individual needs and strengths. Evidence should come from day-to-day practice, examples of planning & self-evaluation as well as lesson observations.
The outcomes of the final formal assessment meeting provide an opportunity for you and your induction tutor to take stock of what has been achieved over the induction period and prepare you for involvement in performance management arrangements during your RQT year.
Evidence of progress towards meeting the teaching standards…
Over the course of the induction period, evidence from day-to-day practice as well as from specific development activities will build up to show how you are making progress towards meeting the teaching standards. However, we advise that you carry out regular self evaluations regarding your own progress and we have put together an NQT self reflection/evaluation sheet which should assist you with this. The sheet is not a requirement for induction nor is maintaining a portfolio of evidence against each standard, however, it is good practice for you to do so.
What if things seem to be going wrong ? …
It is important that you are an active participant in your own induction so it is very important that you maintain a dialogue with your induction tutor and other colleagues. Your school/college will be aware through the statutory guidance and LA training that if an NQT is struggling they need to respond early through the provision of appropriate additional monitoring and targeted support. If you have other issues with your induction, in the first instance please address your concerns through the appropriate channels within the school/college.
If you do not feel that your concerns are being addressed and you would like further guidance then please contact: Jay Sweeney - Assistant Lead at: email@example.com
It is important to appreciate that the recommendation that you pass or fail induction is not made until the end of a fully completed induction. You cannot 'pass' or 'fail' a term - you can only pass or fail induction, at the end. Assessments will say that you are or are not making ‘satisfactory’ progress towards meeting the teaching standards. It is possible to be classified in term 1 or 2 as not making satisfactory progress but still turn it around and pass Induction by the end of term 3 - we encourage all concerned not to use the word ‘fail’ until the final term (term 3)
In the rare event that you should fail induction, it is possible to appeal the decision. For full details, please click here