Initial teacher training (ITT) combines theoretical learning with at least 18 weeks' teaching practice in schools and can be undertaken in a variety of ways.
Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) serve a three-term induction or probationary period of assessment, usually completed in a single school year, after which qualified teacher status (QTS) is confirmed.
This is a period of rapid, supported development and additional assistance, consolidating what has been learned in teacher training. It is comprised of two main aspects:
During the induction period, NQTs are monitored and supported, have a reduced timetable, and work on areas identified for development during their teacher training.
In-service training is available to all teachers, both in-house and at local education authority (LEA) training centres. Training topics include curriculum issues, special needs, subject leadership, pastoral care, new initiatives and technology (including child protection and online exploitation training).
Some teachers pursue higher qualifications, such as an MEd or MBA, on a part-time basis, depending on their career aims. Professional qualifications for school managers are also available.
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