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August 2020 change to this guidance
We have updated this guidance as follows:
- extended the period to 1 September 2021 during which NQT absences related to coronavirus (COVID-19) will not contribute towards the absence limit that would extend statutory induction
This guidance explains the changes to the induction process for newly qualified teachers (NQTs). This includes information on absences related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Absences related to coronavirus
The vast majority of NQTs will continue to complete their induction as usual. However, we recognise the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may have an impact on the number of absences NQTs take in the coming school year.
We have laid regulations that, subject to parliamentary procedures, will mean that NQTs absent for reasons related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will not have their induction period automatically extended.
Induction arrangements state that ad hoc absences totalling 30 days or more automatically extend induction by the aggregate number of days absent.
In May 2020 we laid regulations that amended existing provisions. Any absence related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including school closures, sickness or self-isolation, that was taken before 1 September 2020 would not count towards this limit. We have now laid new regulations that will extend this provision by a year, until 1 September 2021.
This means that NQTs who are currently undertaking statutory induction can complete their induction as expected, provided they meet the Teachers’ Standards.
Absences totalling 30 days or more that are not related to coronavirus (COVID-19) will continue to extend the induction period.
Completion of the induction period
We expect the vast majority of NQTs to continue to work and complete their induction as usual.
Headteachers and appropriate bodies should continue to make a decision on whether an NQT has met the Teachers’ Standards, based on their performance throughout their induction.
This decision is still to be made at the end of the induction period, which for most would be the end of the academic year regardless of possible absence due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
In line with regular reporting procedures, the Teaching Regulation Agency should be notified of the outcome of induction.
Headteachers, induction tutors and appropriate bodies should continue to refer to the NQT induction statutory guidance about the assessment process.
The final assessment meeting should remain at the end of the induction period for the majority of NQTs and evidence should continue to be collected.
The Teaching Regulation Agency aims to follow existing schedules for collecting outcome data following the end of assessment. The Teaching Regulation Agency will work with appropriate bodies affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to support them in their data returns.
Deciding if the NQT has met the Teachers’ Standards
Headteachers and appropriate bodies should continue to make a decision on whether an NQT has met the Teachers’ Standards throughout the period of their induction, notwithstanding absences due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
This may include looking at previous assessment records, discussions with the induction tutors and consideration of non-routine teaching practice during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption.
As stated in statutory guidance on NQT induction, the decision about whether an NQT’s performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory upon completion of induction should take into account the NQT’s work context.
It must be made on the basis of what can reasonably be expected of an NQT by the end of their induction period within the framework set out by the standards.
Extending the induction period
If at the end of the induction period there are concerns that an NQT, with absences related to coronavirus (COVID-19), has not achieved the standards, we would encourage appropriate bodies to exercise their discretion to recommend an extension, allowing the NQT further time and opportunity to demonstrate their ability to meet the standards.