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Dear Colleagues,
In response to concerns regarding the potential disruption of Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) statutory induction in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) causing extended NQT absence or school closures, please see the following advice  from the Department for Education. We are aware some appropriate bodies have received this advice previously in response to enquiries to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). We are now circulating to all appropriate bodies to ensure coverage across the sector.
The length of the induction period should ordinarily be three full terms of the institution in which induction is begun, based on a school year of three terms (i.e the full-time equivalent of one school year). Absences up to and including 29 days are permitted. If absences exceed a total period of 30 days or more, induction is extended by the aggregate total of days absent, allowing NQTs to finish their induction programmes as well as sufficient time to demonstrate satisfactorily meeting the Teachers’ Standards. Please see the statutory induction guidance for further information.  
Note that the appropriate body has the option, with the consent of the teacher concerned, to reduce the induction period which the teacher is required to serve to a minimum of one school term if they are satisfied that the teacher has satisfactorily met the Teachers’ Standards. The appropriate body should make this decision in agreement with the NQT.
DfE continues to monitor the situation and will provide further advice in due course. All teachers currently studying or working overseas should continue to monitor the advice issued by the FCO and comply with any COVID-19 control measures put in place by their host nation
Kind regards
Rebecca Huggett-King
Teacher Qualification Unit
Cheylesmore House, 5 Quinton Road, Coventry, CV1 2WT
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19 Mar 2020

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