Sections 135A, 135B and 141C(1)(b) of the Education Act 2002 and associated Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) Regulations 2012. All qualified teachers who are employed in a relevant school in England must, by law, have completed an induction period satisfactorily, subject to specified exceptions (Annex B). Statutory induction is the bridge between initial teacher training and a career in teaching. It combines a personalised programme of development, support and professional dialogue with monitoring and an assessment of performance against the relevant standards. The Teachers’ Standards will be used to assess an NQT’s performance at the end of their induction period. When schools employ newly qualified teachers they also have a statutory duty to inform an ‘Appropriate Body’ and to register the NQT with the Appropriate Body, who will then monitor the progress made and ensure that the NQT receives training and mentoring as required. This independent quality assurance of statutory induction, through the role of the Appropriate Body, is important both for ensuring that schools provide adequate support for their NQT’s and that their assessment is fair and consistent across all institutions.
An NQT cannot start their induction until their Appropriate Body has been agreed.
The Appropriate Body has the main quality assurance role within the induction process and checks that Headteachers are aware of and are capable of meeting their responsibilities for monitoring support and assessment. This includes ensuring that an NQT receives a personalised induction programme, has designated tutor support and teaches a reduced timetable.
For details on the NQT induction service available from Cheshire East please see the linked page 'Guidance for Headteachers and Induction Tutors'.