Can supply teaching count towards induction?|
If a newly qualified teacher takes up a supply teaching placement for a term or longer, this forms part of the induction period and they have the same obligations and entitlements as any other NQT. The post must involve regular teaching of the same classes and the headteacher must agree at the start of the period to take responsibility for the NQT's induction programme.
If agreed in advance, a part time post lasting for one full term can be considered as inductable and an interim assessment form should be completed for it, to be taken to another school. For example, a 0.5 post from 7th January 2012 to 27th March 2012 would be considered inductable and the days worked could be added to another 0.5 post that lasted a term, to make a full term towards induction).
Any Lancashire school that starts induction with an NQT must register them in advance with Lancashire County Council, using the Eform on the Schools Portal. To register a teacher contracted through a supply agency, please complete the form as normal but enter random letters into the Pay Reference Number box.
Can induction be backdated?|
What about cover work?|
The nature of a cover teacher's responsibilities make it unlikely that the post would comply with the requirements for induction.
How long does induction take?|
The induction programme must last for as many days as there are in the full year of the first school you start induction . If you are undertaking your induction in an FE College you must do induction for 189 days.
If you are part-time, this is calculated pro rata so that you cover the same number of school sessions as a full time NQT. For example, with a 0.5 (50%) contract the induction period will last for six school terms.
You can complete Induction in more than one school at the same time, if you have a contract with each of the schools for at least one term. One Headteacher will take responsibility for your induction and receive feedback from the other Headteacher about progress.
If you leave a school before completing induction, take copies of your assessment forms to provide to any future school, to be used to plan the rest of your induction. If you don't take a new appointment, your records should be retained by the school and the Local Authority for six years.
Limit on short term supply work|
From September 2012, NQT's can work as a casual supply teacher in a non-inductable post for up to five years after they gain Qualified Teacher Status while they are looking for inductable posts that last for a term or more. These are measured as 5 consecutive years from the date of QTS, not as an accumulation of days worked.
After five years, the next teaching post in a 'relevant school' must be one where induction can be undertaken. NQT's in this position cannot undertake supply work in a maintained or non-maintained special school unless it is a placement of at least one term, and counts towards the induction period (or they are concurrently undertaking induction elsewhere).
There is no provision for this five years to be extended under any circumstances. However, it is important to note that NQTs do not lose Qualified Teacher Status at the end of this period. They may undertake inductable work in a 'relevant school' (and may also undertake short term supply if it is concurrent with inductable work). They may also undertake short term supply in independent schools, Academies and Free Schools, where induction is not compulsory.