New Induction Guidance and Regulations for Newly Qualified Teachers from September 2008 onwards
The new induction regulations
Following a public consultation undertaken by DCSF, the Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) Regulations 2008 were laid before Parliament on 17 March 2008. The consultation, which ended in August 2007, sought views on proposals to amend some aspects of teachers' induction, and to clarify, update and consolidate the existing regulations and guidance.
The new regulations will come into force from September 2008. They replace the existing regulations and will:
- enable Further Education Institutions to host induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) if they wish, provided the institutions comply with regulations and guidance
- provide a clearer, more flexible and up-to-date definition of the induction period
- allow the Appropriate Body (the body responsible for making the final decision on induction) to shorten the induction period in certain circumstances (as outlined in the regulations) by up to 29 days
- allow the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) one extra day to communicate a decision on an appeal
- remove the requirement to complete induction within five years of starting the induction period.
The new regulations can be downloaded.
The new induction guidance
To accompany the above new regulations and the changes they are bringing about, new Statutory Guidance on Induction for Newly Qualified Teachers in England for September 2008 onwards has also been published. This incorporates the changes to regulations listed, but also takes the opportunity to address some gaps and introduce new content additional to the regulatory changes, updating some areas where consultation suggested the existing guidance was deficient. In particular, the new statutory guidance:
- clarifies and updates the roles and responsibilities of the various parties in the induction process, (summarising these in section 6)
- makes clear that that an NQT must have a reduced timetable and time for planning, preparation and assessment
- highlights the need for an NQT to have a personalised induction programme and designated tutor with time and skills to fulfil their role
- includes updated procedures for notifying the General Teaching Council for England, about an NQT who starts an induction period
- explains revised procedures for transfer of records when NQTs complete their induction period in more than one institution.
Last updated: 10 September 2008