All teachers who achieve Qualified Teacher Status enjoy an induction period, lasting an academic year, during which they receive support and guidance from their school and from the Department of Education and Children (DEC) to give them the confidence they need as they enter a demanding profession.
Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) receive a tailored programme of professional development and monitoring. In their first year, NQTs teach fewer lessons than more experienced teachers, freeing them up for training and development. They are assigned their own induction tutors.As in England, NQTs in the Isle of an will be assessed against the criteria outlined in the UK Department for Education document 'Teachers' Standards - Effective from September 1 2012'. In order to meet the standards, NQTs will need to demonstrate that their practice is consistent with the definition set out in the preamble and that they have met the standards in both part one and part two of the document.
Their teaching is observed, with follow-up review meetings, and each term they meet their tutor and/or headteacher to ensure they are meeting the teachers' standards. NQTs' performances are assessed to a level that is consistent with what should reasonable be expected of a teacher at that stage of their career.
After the third (final) term's assessment, the NQTs' headteachers advise the DEC whether they have attained the required standards and the NQTs receives confirmation he/she has satisfactorily completed the induction period.
NQTs are supported by members of the DEC's Education Improvement Service: School Improvement Advisers Geoff Moorcroft (primary) and Jan Gimbert (secondary).