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A selection of popular questions about how and where to complete induction, and what happens during induction, answered by The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)


Do part-time posts count towards induction?

Yes. If an NQT takes up a part-time position they can still undertake induction. Any appointment that lasts for a term or more will count towards the induction period. The length of the induction period overall will be calculated pro-rata to amount to 189 days. For example, if they were to work for the whole of the induction period on a 0.5 contract, the induction period would last for six school terms. If an NQT is working in more than one school in the same term, and both posts form part of the induction period, one head teacher and appropriate body must be able to prepare to take overall responsibility for the induction programme.

What counts as a period of induction?

Any period of employment as a teacher of at least one school term can count as part of induction irrespective of whether the employment/engagement is a full-time or part-time (for instance, a period of employment of one-and-a-half terms would count fully towards induction).

On what basis will NQTs teach a reduced timetable?

All NQTs, including those working part-time on a pro-rata basis, should have a reduced timetable of 90 per cent of normal average teaching duties in the first year of teaching. The ten per cent non-contact time for NQTs is in addition to the ten per cent Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time allowed for all teachers. In effect, this is an 81 per cent teaching timetable.

The ten per cent reduction for teaching duties should be used for the NQTs induction programme. It should not be used as unspecified non-contact time nor should it be used to cover the teaching of absent colleagues. The release time should be over and above any time normally assigned to teachers in a school for activities such as planning and marking and should be used for a targeted and coherent programme of professional development, monitoring and assessment activities.

In calculating the reduction in teaching time, we suggest that schools take the normal contact ratio for other main scale teachers in the school who do not have additional responsibilities, and use it as their baseline.

The head teacher should make sure that the release time is distributed in whatever way is most appropriate to the needs of the individual NQT and the school. For example:

  • some schools may find it preferable to distribute the time available in one- or two-day blocks across the year; others may follow a weekly half-day release pattern or distribute the time in single periods across each week
  • some training needs may be met better through specific activities, such as visits to other settings that last for a whole day or longer. A school may therefore wish to identify a half session per week for the NQT’s regular induction programme and ‘band’ the rest towards such activities.

Whatever the pattern adopted, release time should be allocated from an early stage in the NQT’s induction period and should be distributed in such a way that the NQT is supported throughout the induction period.

Can an NQT undertake induction in an age group and subject they have not trained in?

Yes. QTS covers all age ranges and subject areas.

Can an NQT change from teaching the age group and/or subject during induction?

Yes. For example, an NQT could undertake two terms of induction in a secondary school and one term in a primary school. Once an NQT has QTS they can teach any range or subject, irrespective of what they trained to teach. However, teaching outside the age range and subject for which they trained is unlikely to offer the best context for induction. An NQT in this situation is likely to need additional support in order to meet, and show that they are meeting, the induction/core standards.

With thanks to TDA for providing the questions and answers.