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Can the 10% NQT release time be used for NQTs to attend training?

The 10% NQT time is for professional development. Whilst on some occasions this may be used for attending training courses it should not solely be used for this. The additional time may also be used for things such as visiting other schools, collating evidence for the Teachers’ Standards, observing other teachers and much more. It is not good practice to use this time for PPA, as the 10% NQT time is only available in the Induction year and NQTs might struggle the following year when they do not have it.

Is my NQT required to attend training?

Yes, we require all NQTs to attend training as part of their professional development.