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A Suitable Post for Induction

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:

  • have a headteacher/principal to make the recommendation about whether the NQT’s performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory;
  • have prior agreement with an appropriate body to act in this role to quality assure the induction process;
  • provide the NQT with the necessary employment tasks, experience and support to enable them to demonstrate satisfactory performance against the relevant standards throughout and by the end of the induction period;
  • ensure the appointment of an induction tutor with QTS;
  • provide the NQT with a reduced timetable to enable them to undertake activities in their induction programme
  • not make unreasonable demands upon the NQT;
  • not normally demand teaching outside the age range and/or subject(s) for which the NQT has been employed to teach;
  • not present the NQT, on a day-to-day basis, with discipline problems that are unreasonably demanding for the setting;
  • involve the NQT regularly teaching the same class(es);
  • involve similar planning, teaching and assessment processes to those in which other teachers working in similar substantive posts in the institution are engaged; and
  • not involve additional non-teaching responsibilities without the provision of appropriate preparation and support.
  • not be in a school requiring special measures, except in cases where Ofsted have judged a school, or part of a school, to be suitable to host induction

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.

Questions to ask about NQT Induction when visiting a school on Interview
A set of questions which may be helpful to NQTs in establishing whether a school is able to offer them appropriate support during their Induction Period.
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