Barnsley NQTs: Your Induction Period

What are my entitlements during induction? What can I reasonably expect?

The NUT believes that induction programmes should be reasonable. It also believes that you should be entitled to a permanent contract.

You are entitled to a reasonable job description that:

  • does not make unreasonable demands
  • does not demand teaching outside the age range and subject(s) for which you have been employed
  • does not present you on a day-to-day basis with acute or unreasonably demanding discipline problems
  • involves regular teaching of the same class(es)
  • involves similar planning, teaching and assessment processes to those in which teachers working in similar substantive posts in the school are engaged
  • does not involve additional non-teaching responsibilities without the provision of appropriate preparation and support.

In addition, you are entitled to:

  • access the Teachers’ Pension Scheme
  • access to recognised trade union support and representation
  • access to all INSET days and other training opportunities
  • equal access to admin support
  • work in an environment free from discrimination and harassment
  • access to a counselling service.

You are entitled to a reduced teaching load of no more than 90 per cent of the timetable of other main pay range teachers in the school without responsibility points. This is in addition to the timetable reduction in respect of planning, preparation and assessment time (PPA) that all teachers receive. The NUT believes that your released time from teaching for induction purposes should be:

  • in useable blocks, not less than half a day
  • timetabled well in advance to allow planned use of the time
  • not dependent on increased teaching loads for other teachers
  • covered regularly by the same experienced teachers so that pupils’ learning and good standards of behaviour can continue
  • timetabled and not cancelled other than in extreme circumstances.

You are entitled to a planned induction programme, tailored to your individual needs and circumstances, that included opportunities for you to:

  • have your teaching observed at regular intervals throughout your induction period and have a follow-up discussion. Observations should focus on particular aspects of your teaching
  • have regular professional reviews of your progress
  • observe experienced teaching in your own or other schools.

Arrangements for observations of your teaching should be made well in advance and a brief written record should be made on each occasion. You are advised by the NUT to keep copies of such records.

You are entitled to an induction tutor to provide day-to-day monitoring and support.

You are entitled to support from your head teacher, who has overall responsibility for your induction programme and for assessing whether or not you satisfactorily meet the Teachers’ Standards and for ensuring that you receive advice on:

  • timetabling of lessons and support arrangements, names and contacts of induction tutors and a schedule for formal assessment and meetings
  • reporting arrangements and entitlements to pay during sickness absences, named contacts for other absences, eg maternity leave
  • arrangements for pay
  • provisions for pensions and any other entitlements
  • health and safety and equal opportunities policies
  • other relevant policies including arrangements for cover and child protection
  • the nature of the contract of employment, a list of duties and management arrangements.

You are entitled to oversight by the appropriate body. It should provide a named individual for you to raise any concerns about your induction which go beyond the school’s systems or procedures.

The NUT believes that you should be entitled to a supportive approach to your assessment, which should emphasise success and achievement rather than over-emphasise difficulties or shortcomings. Assessments, including targets, should be reviewed by you and your induction tutor and amended to meet any needs identified during formal assessment.

Do I have to teach a full timetable?

No, the head teacher must ensure an NQT has a reduced timetable of no more than 90 per cent of the timetable of other main pay scale teachers in the school to enable them to undertake activities in their induction programme. This is in addition to your entitlement to 10 per cent PPA time. NQTs in independent schools, including academies and free schools, independent nursery schools and FE colleges, must also have a reduced timetable on a comparable basis.

Am I entitled to PPA time?

Yes, you are entitled to a timetable reduction in respect to planning, preparation and assessment time (PPA) that all teachers receive.

How can I find out more?

Visit the NUT website to keep up to date on campaigns and your pay and conditions.

The Department for Education (DfE) home page on the Government website sets out the expectations and requirements for induction in England.

What support will I have from the NUT?

Members are welcome to seek advice and support from the NUT at any stage of their induction period. If you do have any concerns it is in your interest to have these addresses as early as possible. Don’t leave it too late! You should seek advice from the NUT if:

  • you believe that you are not receiving your entitlements
  • You consider that the Union’s recommendations for good practice, identified in this document, have not been met and that has impinged upon your successful induction
  • lengthy absence affects your induction period, such as prolonged or recurring absence through illness
  • you need advice on maternity leave during induction
  • you are concerned about the support provided to you in school and believe that the professional/working relationships with your induction tutor, head teacher or other members of staff are inhibiting your progress
  • you are concerned at all about the success of your induction period or wish to appeal against a formal decision.

How do I get in touch?

In school your first point of contact with the Union is your NUT representative. If there is no NUT representative in your workplace you should contact the NUT AdviceLine.

Tel: 020 3006 6266

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