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Qualifying For Induction

Qualifying for Induction

In this section you will find:

  • Regulations for qualification

  • Qualified Teacher Status

  • The skills tests

  • GTP Trainees

  • Teachers who qualified outside England

  • Registering with the Appropriate Body

  • Institutions in which induction may be served

  • Induction in a maintained, non-maintained or independent nursery school, or maintained children’s centre

  • Induction in further education institutions (including sixth form colleges and 16-19 Academies)

  • Teaching posts where induction cannot be served

  • Regulations for qualification

All qualified teachers who are employed in a relevant school in England must have completed an induction period satisfactorily, subject to specified exceptions.

Before the NQT takes up post the head teacher/principal must undertake pre-employment checks, which must be verified by the appropriate body upon registration

An NQT cannot undertake statutory induction (or period of employment counting towards induction) unless they have been awarded QTS. Head teachers/principals and appropriate bodies must check with the Teaching Agency that the individual holds QTS.

Teachers who completed initial teacher training (ITT) and gained QTS between 1 May 2000 and 30 April 2001 are known as Cohort 1 teachers and are required to pass the numeracy skills test before they can satisfactorily complete induction.

Those NQTs working part time or fixed term are included (except where a period of employment is for less than a term).The duration of the induction period for a part-time NQT is lengthened pro rata.

Qualified Teacher Status

Please be aware that a university certificate or a teacher reference number are not evidence of QTS.

From April 2012 The Teaching Agency is responsible for the supply and, with others, retention of the workforce; the quality of the workforce; and regulation of teacher conduct.Schools should check with the Teaching Agency regarding the QTS for all employed teaching staff.

http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/executiveagencies/b0077806/the-teaching-agency?

If any teaching is completed before being awarded QTS, it will not count and the induction period will have to start again.

Skills tests

Teachers completing Initial Teacher Training (ITT) after May 2001 must pass all the relevant skills tests before they can be awarded QTS. If an individual does not have QTS he or she cannot start induction.

Teachers who completed ITT between the 1 May 2000 and 30 April 2001 are known as Cohort 1 teachers and are required to pass the numeracy skills test before they can satisfactorily complete induction. Prior to offering a Cohort 1 NQT an appointment, the Headteacher must check with the Teaching Agency to confirm whether the individual has already passed the numeracy skills test.

Graduate Teacher Programme trainees

Those qualifying through Graduate Teacher Programmeare in exactly the same position as other NQTs – i.e. the induction period must be completed in order to teach in a relevant school.

If an NQT trained via this route their induction programme should reflect this experience– much of this will have been very practice-based, and the Induction Tutor may wish to consider how the induction programme will consolidate an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical frameworks which underpin teaching and learning.

Teachers who qualified outside England

In all cases further advice can be obtained from the website at the Teaching Agency and schools are advised to check the circumstances for each individual.

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/careeropportunities/overseas-trainedteachers/a00203988/ott-programme

Registering with the Appropriate Body

It is the responsibility of the school to register NQTs with an Appropriate Body as soon as possible after appointment and to inform the LA of changes to the NQT’s timetable or employment.

Wokingham Local Authority currently provides the function of Appropriate Body to community schoolsas part of the core traded services offer.This service is available to Academies, Free schools and independent schools as part of the chargeable traded offer.Please refer to the Traded Services Section of this website for further details.

All NQTs must be registered with the Appropriate Body before induction can commence.

Institutions in which induction may be served

The Regulations specify that induction can be served in the following institutions:

  • a relevant school in England – this includes: a maintained school; a maintained or non-maintained nursery school; a nursery school that forms part of a maintained school; a local authority maintained children’s centre; and a pupil referral unit (PRU)
  • an independent school in England (including Academies; Free Schools; 16-19 Academies; alternative provision Academies; and city technology colleges) or independent nursery school subject to the circumstances set out below
  • a further education (FE) institution including a sixth form college in the circumstances set out below
  • a British school overseas which is inspected by a DfE approved inspectorate against the Standards for Inspection of British Schools Overseas and is a member of a DfE accredited association
  • a school or FE institution in Wales in which an induction period may be served under Welsh regulations 

 

Induction in a maintained, non-maintained or independent nursery school, or maintained children’s centre

NQTs employed and completing a period or part period of statutory induction in these settings must have a head teacher who can make the recommendation against the relevant standards and must teach classes of pupils predominantly aged three and over. The head teacher must ensure that the NQT’s post is suitable for induction.

Induction in further education institutions (including sixth form colleges and 16-19 Academies)

An FE institution, sixth form college or 16-19 Academy wishing to offer an NQT a post in which to serve a statutory induction period must ensure that:

  • normally no more than 10% of the NQT’s teaching in the FE institution is devoted to teaching classes predominantly consisting of pupils aged 19 and over;
  • to enable them to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of day-today practices and the role of a teacher in a school, NQTs must spend the equivalent of at least ten days teaching children of compulsory school age in a school during their induction; and
  • every effort is made to provide the NQT with up to a further 15 days’ experience in a school setting.

 

Teaching posts where induction cannot be served

Workplaces which cannot offer statutory induction are:

  • a secure training centre
  • a school requiring special measures (i.e. one which is eligible for intervention under section 62 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006), except in cases where Ofsted have judged a school, or part of a school, to be suitable to host induction
  • an FE institution where, following an Ofsted inspection, it is reported that the overall effectiveness of the institution, or part of its education or training has been judged to be inadequate (category 4) except in cases where Ofsted has judged the institution or part of the institution to be suitable to host induction
  • an FE institution that has received a category 4 for leadership and management schools abroad, including British Schools Overseas that: have not received a recent inspection (within the last six years) from an approved inspectorate; or have received an inspection judgement but have not met satisfactorily all of the standards/categories; or are not members of an accredited association.