[Skip to content]

Wokingham Borough Council
Wokingham Borough Council Schools Hub
Wokingham Borough Council Schools Hub
Search our Site
Part Time, Short Term and Supply Work

Part Time, Short Term and Supply Work

In this section you will find:

  • Eligibility to carry out short term supply work

  • Induction for part time teachers

  • Eligibility to carry out short term supply work

A qualified teacher who gained QTS on or after 1 September 2007 who has not completed an induction period, can undertake short-term supply work of less than one term in a relevant school for a maximum period of 5 years from the point of award of QTS.

This is a fixed time limit with no discretion to extend.

Short-term supply placements of less than one term, or equivalent, cannot count towards induction, as such posts will not provide an NQT with the breadth of experience, support and assessment necessary to enable them to demonstrate that their performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory.

The head teacher/principal or supply agency is responsible for ensuring that a teacher who has not satisfactorily completed an induction period is eligible to carry out short term supply work.

It is not possible to backdate the start of an induction period if a short-term supply contract is extended beyond one term. However, an induction programme must be put in place immediately it becomes clear that the extended contract will continue for a further term or more.

An NQT can work part-time as a short-term supply teacher, while concurrently serving induction in another part-time post after the five year limit has expired.

However, the short-term supply post will not count towards induction.

Induction for part time teachers

NQTs serving induction on a part-time basis at any point will need to serve the fulltime equivalent (FTE) of one full academic year. Therefore an NQT working part time as a 0.5 FTE will need to serve induction for two academic years.

It is for the school and appropriate body to decide in each individual case the length of the induction period required which is fair and takes full account of the NQT’s working pattern.