The Appropriate Body for the alliance is St John Vianney Primary School.
The Appropriate Body undertakes a range of activities to support NQT Induction, both to fulfil its legal responsibility for quality assurance in induction and to enable schools to meet their statutory requirements in this aspect of provision. These activities include:
keeping Headteachers, Induction Tutors and NQTs informed about induction arrangements, any changes and providing relevant documentation to guide an inform the process;
Confirming where necessary the NQT has gained QTS and is eligible to undertake induction and authorising their registration on NQT Manager;
Providing a Newly Qualified Teacher Handbook;
Providing telephone help and advice on all induction matters and a central point of contact and information.
Providing a Welcome Event for NQTs in September;
Providing a programme of CPD events throughout the year
Processing, reviewing and monitoring termly assessment reports;
Providing guidance on the length of the induction period for part-time NQTs;
Providing professional development opportunities and training for NQTs and
Acting early in cases where an NQT may be experiencing difficulties to ensure the assessments are fair and provide support as appropriate including adviser assistance, help with intervention programmes and confidential advice;
Providing the NQT with a named contact with whom the NQT may raise concerns about their induction programme where the school does not resolve them; confidential assistance for NQTs requesting guidance to help them through difficulties in their induction period;
Assuring itself by quality assurance of assessments and school self-assessment questionnaires that head teacher/principals, induction tutors and governing bodies are aware of, and are capable of meeting their responsibilities;
Monitoring/writing to notify relevant NQTs about pre-completion extensions and approve cases where shortening an induction period in exceptional circumstances is required and record the decision on the relevant assessment form;
Notifying the NCTL upon reaching a decision, of those NQTs whom the Appropriate Body judges to have failed induction and of those whose period the Appropriate Body decides should be extended.
is responsible, along with the Headteacher, for NQT training and supervision during induction;
decides, on the basis of the Headteacher’s recommendation, whether an NQT has satisfactorily completed induction;
will ensure that there is a named person for NQTs to contact if they have concerns which the school/college has not addressed.
The Appropriate Body has the main quality assurance role within the induction process. At the end of the induction period it is the Appropriate Body which decides whether or not an NQT has met the requirements for successful completion of the induction period.
Schools will be notified of the format and arrangements for these visits in advance.
The purpose of these visits is to identify good practice which can be shared with all schools and to help schools develop any aspects of NQT induction that may not be working as well as they might. Visits also provide an opportunity for schools to provide feedback on Appropriate Body activities, which could inform future practice.
As part of the quality assurance procedures of the Appropriate Body, and in addition to NQTs seen where there are concerns about their progress, Laura Rowsthorn or John Hardy will visit a representative sample of schools to look at provision for NQTs in greater depth (1/3 of all schools registered with the Appropriate Body)
Therefore, it is essential for the Appropriate Body to know that schools are supporting, monitoring and assessing NQTs in ways that reflect statutory requirements and recognised good practice.
For any additional information or support regarding NQT induction please contact Laura Rowsthorn using our Contact page.