What is the MTL and should I be doing it?
The Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) is a new masters degree being launched this year. It is a classroom-based qualification providing support for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and teachers who are working in schools facing challenging circumstances. The MTL is currently available to the following groups of NQTs who took up a post in 200910:
- NQTs who took up an NQT post in 200910 in a primary or secondary school in the North West.
- NQTs who took up a post in 200910 in a school receiving National Challenge funding or in an intensive Keys to SuccessPathways to Achievement school in a City Challenge area.
- NQTs who took up an NQT post in 200910 in some secondary schools in challenging circumstances.
- NQTs no longer need to have gained qualified teacher status in the 200809 academic year to be eligible for MTL.
- Schools in challenging circumstances no longer need to be offering the full Golden Handcuff package for eligible NQTs to be able to enrol on MTL.
For more information on the MTL go to: www.tda.gov.ukteachersmtl.aspx or read the dicussions at www.tes.co.ukMTL
How long do I have to complete my induction?
Currently a contentious topic, recent changes to regulations mean NQTs have only 16 months in which they can work as a supply teacher. The clock starts ticking from the first day you take a supply teaching job. The time runs out 16 months from that date, regardless of any periods of non- employment during that time. After that you have to try to complete induction by taking up a permanent job where induction will be carried out. You will not be able to work as a supply or on a casual basis until your induction is successfully completed. This rule was introduced by the DCSF to avoid NQTs teaching for an indefinite time without undergoing or completing induction, and DCSF regulations state an NQT may only do short- term or casual supply work for a maximum of 16 months before beginning or continuing induction. The NQT is then not allowed to teach in a maintained school or non-maintained special school until they take a post that will count towards induction. NQTs in England used to be able to take on supply teaching for up to five years, a situation which is still in place in Wales and for probationers in Scotland. A petition is currently running at http:petitions.number10.gov.uk16monthsupply
I sometimes take time to settle into a new place. What happens if my first term doesn't go so well? Will I fail?
James Williams, NQT adviser on the TES Connect NQT forum (www.tes.co.ukNQT forum), has some good advice on this: "You do not pass or fail term by term. Each term is about making progress towards the standards. If they (the school) feel that you are not making sufficient progress then there must be a plan for support, extra training if necessary and not just more observations. The local authority will - once they are informed that you may not be making sufficient progress - also provide support. This is not an issue of the school making a judgment and leaving you high and dry. If they do this, you can appeal any eventual decision."
Don't suffer in silence.
These groups can enrol to start the programme in the summer term of 2010. Details of next year's MTL were not available at the time of going to press. However, eligibility criteria was amended in March 2010 as follows: