NQT / ECT Induction and Registration

Services For Education is the Appropriate Body on behalf of Birmingham Local Authority. We provide NQT/ECT (Early Career Teacher) registration and professional development to ensure teachers new to the profession develop fully to become outstanding practitioners.

Becoming newly qualified is a challenging and exciting time and we’ve found that NQT/ECTs and their mentors really benefit from guidance, support and the updates and communication that we have to offer.

In turn, schools will see a real boost in the teaching they provide and benefit from greater levels of retention of new teachers.

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Why Choose SFE As Your Appropriate Body?  

  • Personalised customer service
  • Our dedicated NQT/ECT team process, read and quality assure every progress review and assessment submitted within a prompt time frame
  • Our robust process has integrity and consists of email and telephone support, and visits for both NQT/ECT and leaders to support with concerns and QA processes
  • Opportunity to meet the team at our NQT/ECT conference
  • Value for money: competitive registration offering three levels of ECF opt in plus a place on the nqt conference, telephone and email support and school visits
  • Flexibility to register your NQT/ECTs for 3 or 6 terms with registration fees adjusted accordingly
  • Prompt response to request for support offering expertise and advice, and in school support
  • Rolling registration and regular updates of NQT/ECT data to the TRA throughout the year
  • We are able to draw on the expertise of our team of dedicated Educational Advisers covering EYFS, Primary and Secondary
  • Established NQT/ECT Induction Tutor training offered termly

For more information contact us here or call us on 07825153836.

What you need to do now for September 2021:

1. Decide which of the delivery methods your school will use:

  • Full Induction Programme – A funded provider led programme
  • Core Induction Programme – Schools deliver their own training using DfE accredited materials and resources
  • School-based Induction Programme – Schools design and deliver their own two-year induction programme for ECTs based on the ECF

*See further details and pricing below.

2. Choose a provider for your ECF programme:

  • Ambition Institute*
  • Best Practice Network
  • Capita with academic partner University of Birmingham
  • Education Development Trust*
  • Teach First
  • University College London

(*Teaching School Hubs in Birmingham are working with these two providers)

3. Register with an Appropriate Body:

Register your NQT/ECTs with Services For Education, here.

NQTs or Early Career Teachers will still need to be registered with an Appropriate Body.

Services For Education is the Appropriate Body on behalf of Birmingham Local Authority. Our support for and quality assurance of Early Career Teachers and their mentors will reflect this new process working alongside chosen providers. Our offer is flexibly designed to support your needs throughout, whilst ensuring adherence to the new induction guidance.

At Services For Education, we provide both NQT/Early Career Teacher registration and professional development to ensure teachers new to the profession develop into outstanding practitioners.

Our dedicated team, utilising years of experience, provide personalised and prompt expert service as an Appropriate Body; they read and quality assure every assessment submitted within a quick time frame and support is available via email and telephone, and via visits for both NQTs/Early Career Teachers and leaders. We also deal with historic cases on behalf of the City Council.

Well established relationships with local Professional Associations (unions) means that we also are able to liaise to support NQTs when appropriate.

Being an Early Career Teacher is a challenging and exciting time and we’ve found that NQTs/Early Career Teachers and their mentors really benefit from the guidance, support and communication that we have to offer. In turn, schools will see a real boost in the teaching they provide and greater levels of retention.

For more information contact us here or call us on 07825153836.

The level of interraction with your Appropriate Body will depend on which delivery route you decide on.

FULL INDUCTION PROGRAMME

£350

(for 2 years)

FULL DETAILS REGISTER NOW

CORE INDUCTION PROGRAMME

£450

(for 2 years)

FULL DETAILS REGISTER NOW

SCHOOL-BASED INDUCTION PROGRAMME

£750

(for 2 years)

FULL DETAILS REGISTER NOW

*There are three levels of opt in schools can choose from to enable the delivery of an ECF based induction. It is up to the headteacher to choose the approach that best suits the needs of their ECTs and mentors.

The three approaches or levels are:

A funded provider led programme (Full Induction Programme) – Schools can choose to work with providers accredited by the Department for Education who will design and deliver a programme of face-to-face and online training to ECTs and their mentors. This programme is funded by the Department for Education.

Schools deliver their own training using DfE accredited materials and resources (Core Induction Programme) – Schools use freely available DfE accredited materials, which includes ready to use materials and resources for new teachers and mentors, to deliver their own ECT and mentor support. These materials have been accredited by the Department for Education and quality assured by the Education Endowment Foundation.

Schools design and deliver their own two-year induction programme for ECTs based on the ECF (school-based induction programme).

Statutory guidance requires the Appropriate Body to quality assure schools choosing the ‘Core Induction Programme’ and the ‘School based Programme’ to a higher degree. This is reflected in our costings below.

An additional administration charge of £40 for each NQT/ECT will be incurred if Registration submissions (for beginning of term starters) are received late of the published deadline dates.

An additional administration charge of £40 for each NQT/ECT will be incurred if Progress Reviews and Assessments are received late of the published deadline dates.

If an NQT leaves part way through an induction year there will be no refund of registration charges.

Payment Schools will be invoiced for registrations and/or late submission administration charges within 30 days of the deadline dates for each term.

Payment should be received by SFE within 30 days of receipt of the invoice(s).

Acting on behalf of the Local Authority to support NQT/ECTs, we use an online system called NQT Manager. This allows you to register your NQT/ECTs in a paperless manner. The system is secure, encrypted and password protected.

Once you have registered an NQT/ECT, the system will notify you when progress reviews and assessments are due and calculate end dates to induction etc.

However, our induction managers are still on hand to answer queries and provide face-to-face support when needed.

For a direct link to Birmingham’s NQT Manager system: LAbirmingham.nqtmanager.com

Follow the instructions of how to register your school.

Click here to register now.

Covid-19 Update 11/01/2021

NQT Induction update

Covid 19 School ‘Closures’

Before we update you with information regarding NQT induction relating to the current national lockdown due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued hard work. We were genuinely so impressed when reading assessment reports in December and after Christmas, in which you captured the amazing work of new teachers starting their career in these times, and the quality of support they have received. In many instances, you are going over and above expectations of teachers and schools and are to be applauded.

Following school closures (although we recognise that this is not such an accurate term) and following advice from the DfE, Services for Education, acting on behalf of the city council as the Appropriate Body for NQTs have met to discuss a response to the current situation regarding NQTs currently undergoing induction.

During the current circumstances, you will still need to ensure that an NQT has the opportunity to be meeting the Teachers’ Standards in a sufficient manner. You will need to ensure that:

  • The post is suitable to provide the NQT with the necessary employment tasks, experience and support to enable them to demonstrate satisfactory progress towards the Teachers’ Standards;
  • The current situation does not normally demand teaching outside the age range and/or subject(s) for which the NQT has been employed to teach;
  • The induction involves the NQT in regularly teaching the same classes;
  • The post involves similar planning, teaching and assessment processes to those in which other teachers working in similar substantive posts in the institution are engaged;
  • Weekly meetings and NQT off timetable allocation still take place, even if meetings are done virtually;
  • Half-termly observations happen, even if these are virtual.

You may wish to consider:

  • Giving your NQT(s) the opportunity to observe colleagues teaching online lessons, as they would observe in the classroom normally, and whilst this is not an option;
  • Role playing strategies to de-escalate or manage difficult pupil behaviour, during your online weekly meetings.

An assessment report will still be needed at the end of this current term (Spring 2021). If opportunities for your NQT(s) to meet the Teachers’ Standards are limited, according to your school’s individual organisational response to school closures, we can review these on a case-by-case basis and discuss whether additional time is needed to complete induction successfully. Please get in touch by the half term point of your NQT’s final term if required.

We will update you as and when appropriate and will provide further advice in line with DfE guidance as it is published.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch, as always, at nqt@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Covid-19 Update 26/05/2020

Following school closures and advice from the Department for Education, Services for Education acting on behalf of the City Council as the Appropriate Body for NQTs have met to discuss a further response to the current situation regarding NQTs currently completing induction.

During the current circumstances you will still need to ensure that an NQT has the opportunity to be meeting the Teachers’ Standards in a sufficient manner.

You need to ensure that:

  • the post is suitable to provide the NQT with the necessary employment tasks, experience and support to enable them to demonstrate satisfactory performance against the Teachers’ Standards;
  • the current situation does not normally demand teaching outside the age range and/or subjects(s) for which the NQT has been employed to teach;
  • the induction involves the NQT in regularly teaching the same classes;
  • the post involves similar planning, teaching and assessment processes to those in which other teachers working in similar substantive posts in the institution are engaged.

Due to the break in the normal induction circumstances, please get in touch with us when schools return to let us know whether your NQT requires more time in order to complete their induction satisfactorily.

For NQTs currently serving a term of their induction, an assessment report is needed this term (summer 2020), even if little progress towards the Teachers’ Standards has been made. This may mean that an NQT is ‘not making satisfactory progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards’ during this term. An extension can be granted in order to give the NQT more time in order to meet the Standards in a satisfactory manner.

Assessment deadline for this term: 16th July 2020

NQTs currently completing final term of induction (summer term 2020):

There may be some NQTs who are completing their final term of induction during this summer term. If your NQT is not meeting the Teachers’ Standards in a satisfactory manner at the end of this term (summer 2020) please get in touch with us so that we can discuss extending their induction. We will be able to change the third term ‘final’ assessment form to a third term ‘standard’ form, with an addition of a fourth term.

You will need to get in touch with us in order to make this change BEFORE submitting the third assessment, otherwise the data for your NQT will show that your NQT has completed their induction unsuccessfully.

Assessment deadline for this term: 16th July 2020

We will update you as and when appropriate and will provide further advice in line with Department for Education guidance.

Please email us at NQT@servicesforeducation.co.uk if you need any further guidance.

Covid-19 Update 18/03/2020

We are acutely aware that schools are preparing to potentially close due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Following the advice from the Department for Education, Services for Education acting on behalf of the City Council as the Appropriate Body for NQTs have met to discuss our response to the current situation.

School Closures

Should school closures by relatively short term then those NQTs who are sufficiently meeting the Teachers’ Standards in a satisfactory manner by the end of their third term (this will be July for the majority of our NQTs) would be able to complete their induction at this point. For NQTs not making the satisfactory progress, and where school closures are deemed to have had a significant impact on their induction then we feel that it would be appropriate to extend induction by the number of days of the school closure. This will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Should school closures continue for a longer period we will reassess this initial guidance and update you in due course.

NQT Absence

Should the NQT contract Covid-19 or choose to self-isolate then absences up to and including 29 days are permitted,  as per the NQT Induction Guidance.

Assessments

Assessments for the end of this term are now open and you are able to submit from today. If you are unable to complete your observation for this half term, but have sufficient evidence to make an accurate judgement on your NQT’s performance, then you may still submit your assessment.

We will update you as and when appropriate and will provide further advice in line with Department for Education guidance.

We provide a range of different courses to help support those in their first few years of teaching.

These courses are aimed at those primarily in their first and second years of teaching, as well as those overseeing their development.

As the appropriate body for Birmingham NQT/ECTs, we have a comprehensive understanding of the needs of newly and recently qualified teachers and our courses are open to all, whether you are registered with us as the appropriate body or another provider.

Free Podcast: How To Support and Retain High Quality NQT/ECTs

In this short podcast, NQT/ECT Advisers Helen and Simone share good practice they have seen in schools regarding supporting NQTs/ECTs in order to meet teaching standards and retain staff.

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For more information contact us here or call us on 07825153836.

This podcast is aimed at those primarily in their first and second years of teaching, providing a wide range of advice and good practice as you begin your career.

For more podcasts, webinars and online courses covering a range of different topics please visit our Digital Resources page, here.

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Principles of Great Assessment

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Your ECF Journey

Thursday 11th Feb 2021 & Thursday 11th Mar 2021 & Thursday 22nd Apr 2021 & Thursday 20th May 2021 & Thursday 10th Jun 2021 & Thursday 8th Jul 2021
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Early Career Framework Conference

Thursday 20th May 2021
£140.00
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Behaviours for Learning

Thursday 3rd Mar 2022
£155.00
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NQT Support

Being Good or Better

Monday 31st Jan 2022
£155.00
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Leadership and Management

Career Progression For Early Career Teachers

Wednesday 15th Jun 2022
£155.00
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Curriculum Area Training

Maths Mastery for NQTs

Wednesday 12th Jan 2022
£270.00
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Curriculum Area Training

Grammar, punctuation and spelling for NQTs

Monday 4th Oct 2021
£270.00
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Assessment

Principles of Great Assessment

Thursday 24th Mar 2022
£270.00
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NQT Support

Early Career Teacher – Tutor Training

Multiple Dates
Next: 08/09/2021
£155.00
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NQT Support

Getting Behaviour Management Right in the Primary School

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