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NQT Special: Protecting the rights of NQTs

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As a new cohort of trainee teachers prepares to start their NQT year in September, NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates explains the rights and entitlements that they should be receiving from their schools.

Teaching is one of the best, most satisfying and worthwhile of the professions. It is also highly demanding and challenging. For this reason, NQTs have a number of statutory and other entitlements, specifically designed to ensure that their induction year provides a structured and responsible introduction into the profession.

In England and Wales, the range of statutory provisions which schools are required by law to provide include:

A reduction in timetabled teaching, in addition to a contractual entitlement to 10 per cent guaranteed planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time.

Teaching only the age range or subject for which they have been trained.

An induction tutor or mentor.

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