Covid 19 - Latest advice re NQT Induction for Headteachers and NQT Induction Coordinators
Local Authorities have now received further advice and guidance from the Teaching Regulation Agency:
The Department for Education and Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) have been working closely to develop a position on COVID-19 and its impact on statutory newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction.
Working with our stakeholders to, where possible, minimise the impact of COVID-19 is our highest priority. The department has issued an announcement to stakeholders regarding the impact of COVID-19 on NQT induction.
Please refer to this page moving forward as the department will provide updates and guidance directly to this site. We recommend returning to this page regularly to view additional information the department will release.
Introduction to induction
All teachers in maintained schools (with certain exceptions) must satisfactorily complete an induction period in accordance with statutory regulations in order to be employed as a teacher in a relevant school in England. In Warwickshire, we welcome around 200 NQTs to the county each year. NQTs must be registered with an Appropriate Body before they start. Warwickshire is the Appropriate Body for the following which are maintained by Warwickshire Local Authority:
- Community, foundation or voluntary schools
- Community or foundation special schools
- Maintained and non-maintained nursery schools or children’s centres
- Non-maintained special schools.
In addition, we are happy to act as the Appropriate Body for the following, which are located within the Warwickshire footprint. For details of charges please contact Hilary Honess.
- Academies, free schools other independent schools including
- Independent nursery schools
- FE institutions (including Sixth form colleges).
NQT registration process
Warwickshire County Council use an online system to manage the registration and induction process of all NQT's who start in the new academic year. This is a paperless system and makes the NQT Induction process more efficient, Schools also have access to their own assessments at any time. The NQT Manager system is an online database system which is accessed through any computer that is connected to the internet.
As part of the setup process, to begin with, the NQT induction coordinator (tutor) should go to the Warwickshire site login and register page. There is an area on the right highlighted in yellow which says 'Register as an Induction Coordinator', click on this and it will take you to a registration page for you to complete. Once this is done an automated email will be forwarded to Hilary Honess or one of her colleagues to approve. You will then receive a notification that you can now use the system and other users can be added. There are various user groups. Each user group has a set of rules and permissions that determine what data they can view and which operations they can perform. The user groups are as follows:
- Headteachers - full access to all your school's tutors and NQTs
- Induction Co-ordinators (Tutor) - full access to all your school's tutors and NQTs
- Tutors (Mentor) - only have access to the NQT(s) they are mentoring
- NQTs - only have access to their own information and the ability to complete the 'NQT Comments' field on the assessment form
- School Administrators - registering NQTs only
If you would like to engage Warwickshire LA as an Appropriate Body for your school for the academic year 2020-2021 or have any queries, please email NQT@warwickshire.gov.uk.
By choosing Warwickshire as your Appropriate Body, you are eligible to attend a programme of training free of charge.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
All NQTs are invited to a welcome meeting in the autumn term. This will be an online meeting and we hope to run a face to face networking meeting either later in the autumn term or in the spring term.
We also offer three other training sessions free of charge, which we expect all NQTs to attend as well as the Welcome Meetings. These are:
- Managing Challenging Behaviour in the Classroom
- Online Safety and an approach to blended teaching and learning
- Understanding Children's Behaviour/Routines and Boundaries
This latter course, delivered by the Early Help Team in Children’s Social Services, is also open to all RQTs as well as NQTs this year. It is a brand new course and will be delivered jointly to mixed delegates of NQTs and newly qualified social workers.