Where it has been decided by the appropriate body that a newly qualified teacher (NQT) has failed their induction period, or that their induction period should be extended, they can appeal to the National College for Teaching and Leadership, which acts on behalf of the Secretary of State.
In maintained schools, including maintained nursery schools and non-maintained special schools, a local authority (LA), teaching school or the Nation Induction Panel for Teachers (NIPT) acts as the appropriate body. For independent schools, including academies and free schools, the appropriate body can be an LA, teaching school, NIPT or the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel.
The 'induction appeals procedures' document outlines the induction appeal process.
Once an appeal has been received, the National College for Teaching and Leadership will arrange for the appeal to be heard by an induction appeal panel. Panel members are recruited through a public appointments process, and at least one panel member is a teacher or has been a teacher in the previous five years.
The NQT has the right to participate in the induction appeal proceedings and to be represented. They can also request that the appeal is determined without a hearing.
In determining an appeal, the panel must make a recommendation to the Secretary of State based on whether it is satisfied that:
The Secretary of State has the following options when deciding an appeal:
The National College for Teaching and Leadership will pay reasonable expenses to witnesses and teachers. Advice can be found on the claiming expenses pages.
Induction appeal hearings are held in public. If you are interested in attending an induction appeal hearing, please contact the teacher regulation team at the National College for Teaching and Leadership on 0207 593 5393.
Sets out the process that will be followed by newly qualified teachers (NQTs) who have failed their induction period or had their induction period extended.
The expenses claims that can be made as part of the process of investigations by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.