In order for the NQT to serve induction the headteacher and appropriate body must first agree that the post is suitable for this purpose. In particular a suitable post must:
In addition, the governing body must be satisfied that the institution has the capacity to support the NQT and that the headteacher/principal is fulfilling their responsibilities.
NQT Induction in post-16 organisations
We would like to draw your attention to the Statutory Guidance which states:
'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-to-day 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.'
Please note that OTSA will support post-16 organisations in finding schools for NQTs to spend their mandatory ten days teaching children of compulsory school age by providing introductions to Head teachers and Induction Co-ordinators in OTSA partner schools. However, the arrangements for the placement, including any payments to the placement school, are the responsibility of the post-16 organisation. OTSA cannot guarantee a placement for the NQT and therefore the arrangements for the placement must be agreed and confirmed in writing by the host school before OTSA will register the NQT for Induction. The placement may take place as a block placement, or as a series of days throughout the induction period.