Hi...I will get straight to the point!! I am not a teacher but would be grateful for any info that anyone could give me about the period of time that the teacher is actually deemed NQT for and about the support and/or mentoring that a NQT should expect to receive... If a NQT starts working on a long term supply basis for say 7 months and then goes on to take a permanent position at the same school how much longer will the term NQT apply to them for please? Many thanks in advance , Katie
An NQT has to work for 3 terms to pass their NQT. If they have worked for 7 months then it is likely they have 2 terms and would need to work for another term. However, they could have done a term elsewhere before they joined the school. They should be allocated a Mentor and should have at least an observation each 1/2 term and regular meetings. They should also have 10% reduction in time table (usually is half a day if full time) in addition to normal PPA timetable.
It has to be full time though. I mentor an NQT in my dept but she is .5 teaching and .5 cover supervisor. Even though she is in school full time, only the teaching bit counts towards her NQT year so she will take 2 years to be fully qualified.
Do many schools let parents know when their new teachers are NQTs?
I've just completed my first two terms (short contract) and my class were never told that I was an NQT. Any parent who knows how the system works might have worked it out if they realised that I had two separate half days of non-contact time, but I could have just been part-time. I'm moving to a new school from Sept, and it's only folks who know me personally who know that I'm still an NQT for one more term.
I suppose it's obvious when you've got a very young new teacher, but when a more 'mature' entrant starts, why tell the pupils and parents? It simply prompts questions and concerns about experience and support.
It wouldn't be obvious that you were and nqt as there are many other reasons that you could have 1/2 day out I class -SEN time, Management time, other responsibilities I don't think parents are ever told but it shouldn't be an issue as you are monitored and surely any issues arising would be sorted quite quickly