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Changes to induction for newly qualified teachers

30 June 2021

On 1 September 2021 significant changes will come into force in relation to the induction of newly qualified teachers (NQTs). The main changes to note include:

  • the term NQT being replaced with Early Career Teacher (ECT);
  • an increase in the length of induction to two years;
  • a 10% timetable reduction in the first year of induction and a 5% timetable reduction in the second year (in addition to planning, preparation and assessment time); and
  • a new role of mentor being introduced.

For some schools and academy trusts this will involve changing the practice of employing NQTs on one-year fixed-term contracts. Whilst it is possible to issue a fixed-term contract for two years, at the end of the second year the teacher will benefit from more employment rights including the ability to bring a claim of unfair dismissal. Consequently, an employer will need a fair reason and to follow a fair process if they decide not to renew the fixed-term contract. In addition, schools will need to update their NQT policy and associated documentation to reflect the new ECT process.

Completing an induction period satisfactorily is required by law to teach in maintained schools; however, many NQTs complete their induction in the independent sector, academies and free schools. Therefore, this advice is applicable to all schools in the sector.

Training and events

28Sep

Exclusions training for senior leaders and governing boards Interactive session via Zoom

This two-hour, online interactive training session focuses on all you need to know about the exclusions framework for schools and trusts. It’s designed to help ensure schools are compliant with exclusions law and guidance as well as considering wider issues.

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3Oct

Safeguarding Training for Governors and Trustees Interactive session via Zoom

This two-hour safeguarding course via zoom is designed specifically for governors and trustees. It steers away from operational safeguarding matters and instead focuses on strategic safeguarding and good safeguarding governance, meeting the requirements of The Governance Handbook 2022 and Keeping Children Safe 2022.

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Employment Law – Harpur Trust v Brazel – Implications for schools webinar

On 20 July 2022, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited judgment in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel, upholding the decision of the Court of Appeal. For those of you familiar with this case, you will know that it concerns the statutory leave requirements for part-time and part-year workers. For schools and academies whose workforce consists of a variety of types of part-time and part-year workers, this case is one that must be understood before any changes are applied. Come and join Emma Hughes, Head of HR Services as she puts questions to Ian Deakin, Employment Partner, and Sarah Linden, Senior Associate.

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Press releases

Leading education lawyers play major role as DfE announces 10,000th academy conversion

The Department for Education (DfE) have announced that the conversion of Donisthorpe Primary School in Leicestershire on 1st September marked the 10,000th academy conversion.

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Guides

How to carry out the KCSiE online checks FAQs

There is (understandably) some confusion about the steps schools and trusts need to take to discharge the new online check duty set out in paragraph 220 of KCSIE. I can’t completely clarify all of it for you, but I can help you find a sensible route through. These FAQs are a good place to start.

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Legal updates

Understanding the Appropriate Adult expectation

One of three significant changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 is a new expectation that Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) should be aware of the requirement for children to have an Appropriate Adult. The guidance says nothing more than that, but the DfE has updated the Searching, Screening and Confiscation Advice to include a new section on strip searches. In this briefing I explain how to meet this new requirement and help you understand what steps you need to take when involving the police in pupil searches.

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