Frequently Asked Questions
constitutes a 90% teaching load?
Compare what a teacher with no extra
responsibilities is expected to teach, and reduce this by 10%. e.g.
if a normal teacher teaches 21 periods out of a 25 period week,
your contact should be no more than 19 periods per week. In a
primary school this is likely to be equivalent to approximately
half a day per week, although it is possible for the non-contact
time to be blocked, for example, a day every two weeks. However the
school provides this time for you, it should not be a collection of
short sessions, for example, during assemblies.
How long does
induction last if I am part time?
The equivalent of one year full time. If
you are employed on a 0.5 contract the induction will
last two years. In this case, the formal review meetings would be
termly rather than half termly, and the assessment meetings will be
at the end of every two terms, not one. This also applies to the
other elements such as observations, although it is possible to
arrange for most of your support to take place in the first year.
However, you will not officially qualify until the end of the
Do I have a choice
about who my Induction tutor is?
Not really as the school will need to make
this decision in the light of staff responsibilities and skills. In
practice, it is essential that you and your induction tutor get on
well together. If this is not the case, you should speak to your
Is my Induction Tutor
obliged to take on this role?
No, they should volunteer. They are certainly
entitled to training, and this is advisable before the start of the
year (see portfolio courses).
What happens if I leave
before the end of the year?
There is no time limit for you to complete
induction after qualifying as a teacher but only periods of one
term spent in a school count towards completion. This service is
transferred to your next appointment so it is important that you
have copies of your records to take to the next school. You will
pass or fail on completion of the equivalent of three full time
terms. If you leave a post before the end of a term, this term does
not count towards your Induction period.
How often should I be
There is no legal minimum, but many
schools are increasing their use of lesson observation for a
variety of reasons and, hopefully, you may find you are observed
more frequently. As a general rule, you should have as many
opportunities to observe others teaching as you do to be observed.
In all cases of observation notes and feedback should be
Will I receive a visit from
outside my school?
Many schools are setting up support networks
and encouraging NQTs to visit other schools. In addition to this, a
Local Authority officer may visit your school. This visit, normally
taking place in the first term, is to assess the quality of
the NQT provision at your school and the accuracy of its NQT
assessment. You will be made aware of all findings. It is not
usually necessary for a second visit. This service is not
statutory, and some LAs visit only a sample of schools.
Do I have an entitlement to
attend externally arranged NQT Induction training?
No, this is at the discretion of your
school. Some schools, especially those with large numbers of NQTs,
offer in-house training. However, past NQTs have frequently
commented on the value of meeting others from outside their school,
and getting a more global view of their profession. Details
of Bedford Borough provision are available on our
website, but there are also other providers who may contact
If you are interested in any Continuing
Professional Development opportunities, you should approach your
Induction Tutor in the first instance.