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Concerns During Induction

Concerns During Induction

In this section you will find:

 Unsatisfactory progress

 Putting in place additional monitoring and support

 Action if performance is still unsatisfactory at next assessment point

 Failure to meet the relevant standards at final assessment

 Appeals

The first two assessments are progress reports but failure to meet the relevant standards in the final assessment results in dismissal and ineligibility to teach in a maintained school.Failure is rare.There is a right of appeal, but except under exceptional circumstances there are no extensions.

It is therefore vital that NQTs should be informed if they are not making satisfactory progress and early action taken. Under no circumstances should there be any surprises.Action should not be delayed until a formal assessment meeting has taken place.

Putting in place additional monitoring and support

If it becomes apparent that an NQT is not making satisfactory progress, the Appropriate Body should be informed and the head teacher or principal must ensure that additional monitoring and support measures are put in place immediately – action must not be delayed until a formal assessment meeting has taken place. It is important that the NQT is made aware of where they need to improve their practice, and given every opportunity to raise their performance.

The head teacher/principal and the Appropriate Body should be satisfied that:

  • areas in which improvement is needed have been correctly identified;
  • appropriate objectives have been set to guide the NQT towards satisfactory performance against the relevant standards; and
  • an effective support programme is in place to help the NQT improve their performance.

 

Action if performance is still unsatisfactory at the next assessment point

In many cases the additional monitoring and support measures mentioned above will have the desired effect and the NQT will go on to be formally assessed at the end of the period as having performed satisfactorily against the relevant standards.

Where there are still concerns about the NQT’s progress at the next formal assessment point (and this is not the final assessment), the head teacher/principal should explain to the NQT the consequences of failure to complete the induction period satisfactorily and discuss fully with the NQT:

  • the identified weaknesses;
  • the agreed objectives previously set in relation to the requirements for the satisfactory completion of induction, updating these as necessary;
  • details of additional monitoring and support put in place;
  • the evidence used to inform the judgement; and details of the improvement plan for the next assessment period.

The completion of the assessment report will reflect the current rate of progress and brief details of the issues discussed.

Failure to meet the relevant standards at final assessment

If, based on lesson observations and relevant evidence, the Head teacher concludes that an NQT has failed to meet the relevant standards; they will complete the fail third assessment form recommending failure to meet the Standards.

The NQT can make written representation to the Appropriate Body within 10 working days of the Headteacher’s recommendation.Within 20 working days the Appropriate Body will consider all the paperwork gathered throughout the year and decide whether to ratify the Head teacher’s recommendation for the NQT to fail or whether, in exceptional circumstances,an extension should be granted and will write to the NQT, the Head teacher and the Teaching Agency.

Making an appeal against a decision by the appropriate body

If an NQT fails induction, or has their induction extended, the appropriate body must advise the NQT of their right to appeal, who to appeal to, and the time limit for doing so. In England the Appeal Body is the Teaching Agency which acts on behalf of the Secretary of State. For induction completed in Wales, the Appeals Body is the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW).

Further guidance about the appeals process is available at:

www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/deployingstaff/b00203887/inductionappeals-procedure