Guidance on the Welsh Government funded placement for NQTs in the autumn term 2021.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on schools, we recognise that there are specific challenges for students completing initial teacher education (ITE) in the summer of 2021 and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) who began induction in the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
In recognition of this, the Welsh Government has worked with the Education Workforce Council (EWC), local authorities (LAs) and regional consortia to develop an induction placement scheme. This guidance sets out how the placement scheme works and the roles of all those involved in it. It supplements the guidance document Induction for newly qualified teachers in Wales (revised July 2017).
The induction placement scheme has been designed to support 2 NQT cohorts affected by the challenges of the pandemic:
- NQTs commencing induction in 2021 to 2022 and who gained qualified teacher status (QTS) in 2021
- NQTs who began induction in 2020 to 2021 but were unable to complete more than 140 sessions by end of summer term 2021
NQT Group 1 consists of NQTs who:
- gained QTS in summer 2021
- wish to start induction in autumn 2021
- have been unable to secure a teaching post in a school
- would benefit from a period (one term) of classroom practice in one school to build confidence, knowledge and skills before going on to complete the remainder of their induction period (2 terms or equivalent in sessions)
NQT Group 2 consists of NQTs who:
- gained QTS in the summer of 2020
- began induction during the 2020 to 2021 academic year
- did not gain sufficient experience to complete more than 140 sessions towards their induction by end of summer term 2021
- are seeking to consolidate the knowledge and skills gained so far and complete the statutory induction period of 3 terms/380 sessions
What is the aim of the placement scheme?
- To provide a positive and structured start to NQTs undertaking induction to enable them to gain more classroom experience and confidence as they move into teaching.
- To provide additional capacity in schools to support learner recovery and the development of Curriculum for Wales.
How will the placement work?
- The Welsh Government will fund the salary of an NQT to be employed by an LA on a fixed-term contract as a classroom teacher in one school for the autumn term 2021 (1 September to 31 December 2021).
- EWC invited expressions of interest from eligible ITE students and NQTs.
- In partnership with LAs, eligible individuals are matched with a suitable host school.
- Placement schools will provide a trained induction mentor (IM) and a range of teaching experiences to enable the NQTs to develop their teaching practice.
- The NQT has a 20% reduction in their teaching timetable (10% planning and preparation time plus 10% for induction-related professional development).
- Schools should allocate a trained IM to provide the NQT with high-quality mentoring and supervision, focused on the specific needs of the individual NQT; the term counts towards the requirement of 3 terms/380 sessions which all NQTs are required to complete as part of induction.
The benefits for the NQT are:
- the consistency of being employed in one school for an extended period (one term)
- the opportunity to be part of a team and contribute to wider school initiatives
- the opportunity to strengthen face-to-face pedagogical approaches
- the opportunity to assess, plan and evaluate in the classroom
- the opportunity to observe colleagues and to be observed and provided with constructive feedback
- support from an IM to reflect on practice and identify areas for development, linked to the professional standards for teaching and leadership
- the opportunity to build on the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to successfully complete induction
The benefits for learners are:
- being taught by an NQT who will benefit from the opportunity to experience all aspects of teaching in one school for a term
- that those who require additional support as a result of the disruption due to COVID-19 can benefit from tailored support from an experienced teacher
The benefits for the school are:
- the placement NQT would enable teachers to be redeployed for a term to work with learners who require additional support or to work on developing Curriculum for Wales within the school
- an NQT who is fully engaged with the school and the class and is able to carry out all the roles expected of a teacher, for example planning and assessment
Roles and responsibilities
Effective induction is achieved through partnerships between a number of key stakeholders, each of whom have their own responsibilities. It is essential that all those involved in induction are clear about their role, in order for the placement to have maximum benefit for the NQT, the learner and the school. The following information should be read in conjunction with the induction guidance.
- register in the category of ‘school teacher’ with EWC prior to commencing the placement; this is a legal requirement and induction cannot commence without EWC registration – details of the registration process can be found on the EWC website
- ensure they have an up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for the role of a teacher in line with the LA’s and Welsh Government’s guidance on safeguarding in recruitment
- ensure they are fully aware of the statutory arrangements for induction in Wales and the professional standards for teaching and leadership – information is available on Hwb and the EWC website
- gather evidence during the placement and throughout the induction period to demonstrate their progress in meeting the professional standards
- record evidence in the induction profile within the online professional learning passport (PLP) – further information can be found on the EWC website
- continuously update their online induction profile to allow ongoing review and a final assessment at the end of the induction period
- engage with all professional learning provided by the regional consortium/LA and any other learning opportunities considered appropriate
The headteacher/school will:
- ensure that there is day-to-day support available to the NQT throughout the placement period
- provide opportunities for the placement NQT to develop their teaching practice in line with the professional standards
- ensure compliance with the requirements set out in relation to induction within the current Welsh Government school teachers’ pay and conditions document; this includes 20% reduction in teaching time for the NQT to undertake planning, preparation and professional learning. Under the placement scheme arrangements, the Welsh Government will reimburse the full cost of employment for the NQT for a term; therefore, the school will not be required to claim funding from EWC for the additional 10% reduction in teaching time for NQTs to undertake professional learning
Induction mentor (IM)
The IM will:
- engage in regular professional dialogue to support and challenge the NQT
- discuss the Career Entry Profile (CEP) with the NQT and ensure that the NQT has opportunities to further develop the key areas of practice as noted in the CEP
- use a range of strategies (which could include, for example, lesson observations, work scrutiny, learning walks and Pupil Voice) as part of the ongoing support and monitoring for the NQT
- complete a lesson observation of the NQT and upload it to the induction profile
- set targets and review the targets in step 2 of the NQT induction profile
- approve the mapping of professional learning experiences on the NQT induction profile
- where appropriate, bring areas of concern to the attention of the NQT, external verifier (EV) and appropriate body (AB), considering the most effective and supportive means of intervention and using the standards as a reference
External verifier (EV)
The EV will:
- quality assure the induction arrangements on behalf of the AB
- observe the NQT teaching and use a range of strategies to support the NQT to reflect and develop
- work in partnership with IMs to ensure that the placement period has maximum impact
Appropriate body (AB)
The AB will:
- have overall responsibility to ensure that the placement period meets the statutory requirements of induction and that evidence is gathered that counts towards the final decision on the induction outcome once a further 2 terms or equivalent sessions are completed
- use assessment evidence to make a final decision on the induction outcome
Regional consortium/local authorities (LAs)
The regional consortium/LAs will:
- provide professional learning for NQTs to support their development
- provide professional learning for IMs and EVs
- employ the NQTs on a fixed-term contract for the duration of the placement from 1 September 2021 to 31 December 2021 (LAs only)
Education Workforce Council (EWC)
The EWC will have responsibility for:
- collecting, collating and maintaining a central source of data for NQTs undertaking induction
- hosting the online statutory induction profile via the PLP
- distributing funding provided by the Welsh Government for the induction programme
- working with regional consortia to ensure those undertaking induction are allocated an EV
Welsh Government will have responsibility for:
- funding the placements via LAs
- working with regional consortia, LAs and the EWC to monitor and review national arrangements
What happens after the placement?
NQT group 1
NQTs are responsible for securing employment, either in another school or setting or as a supply teacher, for the remaining 2 terms (or equivalent number of sessions) of their induction period.
NQT group 2
NQTs are responsible for securing employment, either in another school or setting or as a supply teacher, for the remaining number sessions required in order to complete the 3 terms or 380 sessions.
Central South Consortium
Mandy Esseen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deb Woodward: email@example.com
Ieuan Jones: IeuanJones@gwegogledd.cymru
ERW (Carmarthen, Swansea, Pembrokeshire)
Sarah Perdue: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neath Port Talbot (NPT)
Darren Long: email@example.com
Alwyn Ward: Alwyn.Ward@ceredigion.gov.uk
Mark Wakeley: firstname.lastname@example.org
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