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Coronavirus - Update re NQT Induction

FAO The Headteacher & NQT Induction Co-ordinator
Coronavirus - Update re NQT Induction

The following advice was received from the TRA in recent days:
In response to concerns regarding the potential disruption of Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) statutory induction in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) causing extended NQT absence or school closures, please see the following advice  from the Department for Education. We are aware some appropriate bodies have received this advice previously in response to enquiries to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). We are now circulating to all appropriate bodies to ensure coverage across the sector.
The length of the induction period should ordinarily be three full terms of the institution in which induction is begun, based on a school year of three terms (i.e the full-time equivalent of one school year). Absences up to and including 29 days are permitted. If absences exceed a total period of 30 days or more, induction is extended by the aggregate total of days absent, allowing NQTs to finish their induction programmes as well as sufficient time to demonstrate satisfactorily meeting the Teachers’ Standards. Please see the statutory induction guidance for further information.  
Note that the appropriate body has the option, with the consent of the teacher concerned, to reduce the induction period which the teacher is required to serve to a minimum of one school term if they are satisfied that the teacher has satisfactorily met the Teachers’ Standards. The appropriate body should make this decision in agreement with the NQT.
DfE continues to monitor the situation and will provide further advice in due course. All teachers currently studying or working overseas should continue to monitor the advice issued by the FCO and comply with any COVID-19 control measures put in place by their host nation
Leicestershire networks with a number of local authorities (acting as the Appropriate Body for NQT Induction) and offers the following supplementary guidance:
The Appropriate Body has the discretion to reduce the induction period. (Induction for Newly Qualified Teachers (Induction for Newly Qualified Teachers (England) Statutory Guidance for Appropriate Bodies, Headteachers, School Staff And Governing Bodies Revised April 2018 - Paragraph 3.2-3.5) 

The Appropriate Body will invite school NQT induction coordinators to consider which, if any, of the current NQTs (due to complete at the end of the summer 2020) are assessed to be consistently meeting the Teachers' Standards and for whom they would like to request a reduced induction.  The tutors would then seek the agreement of their headteachers. The tutors would then seek the agreement of the NQTs.

When the tutors, headteachers and NQT(s) agree, the school should request a reduction(s)– stating that all three parties have reached agreement.

The Appropriate Body will consider the requests and respond accordingly.

The Appropriate Body  will then review the final assessment and process as usual.
5. Should the tutors, headteachers and individual NQTs agree that it would be in the interests of the NQT to serve a full induction period ( three terms), the NQT induction will be rolled over into the next academic year. 
Please note that the LA is aware of a small number of NQTs for whom this may be appropriate.

Where the NQT is on a short term contract and there is no job within the current school for any subsequent terms, it will be possible to continue induction in a new school. 

It may be challenging for an NQT to demonstrate that they meet the standards in a new school, if the NQT has only one term of induction to complete. In these circumstances, it will be possible to grant an extension to the induction year.

We hope this guidance may answer many of your questions.  We  live  in extraordinary times; but we will do our utmost to ensure that NQTs are not disadvantaged due to government policy in response to the Coronavirus.

19 Mar 2020

Rebecca Wakeley
Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT)
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