20th April 2001 at 01:00
Sara Bubb offers advice to students and NQTs

My son trained in Wales but is an NQT in England. He received an unsatisfactory induction report in the first term and he's got one for the spring term too, despite being told that he was making good progress. He's not being supported, hasn't been observed this term, and doesn't know what he needs to do to get through.

Your son is in a dangerous situation. If he is judged not to be meeting the induction standards in July, he will not be allowed to teach in the maintained sector again. The school sounds as if it is at fault in that it is not setting clear objectives for improvement, observing every half term, or supporting your son. He must contact his local education authority and tell them his concerns.

He has two options. One is to stay at the school, work hard and hope that e passes - although he must document all points of non-compliance with the induction regulations in case he is failed and needs grounds for appeal. The other option is to leave and do his remaining term of induction at a more supportive school. He could do short-term supply first to rebuild his confidence and get to know other schools before starting this final term. Alternatively, he could return to Wales, which does not yet have induction but plans to introduce it. NQTs who teach there for at least two terms before the introduction of induction arrangements are exempt from serving induction in England.

Email your questions to Bubb's new book, A Newly-Qualified Teacher's Manual: how to meet the induction standards, is published by David Fulton, pound;15. More of your questions answered at

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