A rip-off for the rookies?
A: Since changes were made to the Department for Education and Skills' rules on funding, very few LEAs give pound;3,000 per NQT to schools to cover induction. I doubt very much whether your school really receives pound;25,000 "from our funds". Your school has a duty to support, monitor and assess you, but there are no rules to say that you must be allowed to go on courses. You must be clear about what you need to develop and, with your induction tutor, draw up an action plan of how to meet your objectives. It is often quicker, easier and more cost-effective to meet these needs by observing and speaking to people in school. You need to justify attending a course for your professional development, rather than seeing it as a right.
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