1 The process by which pupils or students are introduced to their educational institution, their course, or their subject. This may take a variety of forms, from a simple welcome and an introductory lecture, to a full week or more of organized activities. A thorough induction will be designed to ensure that learners are able to find their way about the school or campus; that they have met key members of teaching staff; have been introduced to the aims and structure of their course; have been made aware of the institution's rules and regulations; and have been informed about the learner support services available. In many universities the induction of new students takes place in the week before other students return to resume their studies after the summer break. This is known as freshers' week.
2 The process by which a newly appointed teacher is introduced to their school. This particularly applies to newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in their first year of teaching, for whom the induction period is set as a full three terms; that is, an entire school year. This induction replaces what was known formerly as the ‘probationary year’. During this time, the NQT's timetable should allow them at least 10 per cent non‐class‐contact time in order to focus on their professional development. During this process they will normally have the support of an induction mentor. At the end of the three terms a decision will be taken by the local authority, based on evidence from the induction tutor and head teacher, as to whether the teacher has met the required induction standards.
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