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Additional Support Framework and Intervention Action Plan (for trainees not making expected progress at any stage)

Additional Support Framework Procedures

A teacher in training, who is not making expected progress, should be given structured support and intervention via the ‘Additional Support Framework’. This can be instigated at any point/phase in their training year and should be enacted quickly where concerns arise.  It is vital that procedures are followed by schools to protect all parties and provide evidence that trainees have been offered appropriate support. There are three stages to the ‘Additional Support Framework’ each lasting usually no longer than 2 weeks.

A trainee action plan should be created commencing at one of the following three stages:  ‘Additional Support’, ‘Cause for Concern’ or ‘At Risk’. Discussions between the ITT Mentor/Professional Mentor and the Liaison Tutor will determine which aspect of the ‘Additional Support Framework’ is the most suitable for the teacher in training.  Trainees should begin the additional support framework at the appropriate level to meet their needs and the school’s concerns.

The Liaison Tutor for the teacher in training should be notified immediately if a trainee is identified as needing ‘additional support’ as part of a structured support and intervention programme.  The Liaison Tutor contacts the ITT Mentor to discuss the nature of the support needed and arranges an additional visit to the school.  Whilst visiting the school, a decision is made as to whether the Trainee needs ‘additional support’ or is ‘cause for concern’ or ‘at risk’ of failing the school placement. This process can be instigated within any phase of training, but as each process is usually 2 weeks in length it is advised that there is normally a minimum of 6 weeks of a school placement remaining to ensure a teacher in training has the best chance to be successful.

An Action Plan, with specific targets, appropriate for the timescale, should be written in conjunction with the ITT Mentor, the Liaison Tutor and the Trainee and formally reviewed at the end of the 2 weeks.  The Action Plan should be forwarded from the Liaison Tutor directly to the ITT Partnership Lead (A.Mallaburn@ljmu.ac.uk) once agreed and signed by all parties.

The agreed and signed Action Plan for either ‘additional support’, ‘cause for concern’ or ‘at risk’ of failing the school placement will be sent to the trainee from the ITT Partnership Lead via the Partnership office.   Trainees will be notified of the requirements for the Additional Support Framework by the Partnership office and copies of the Action Plan will be sent to the Professional Mentor, ITT Mentor and Liaison Tutor. For School Direct trainees, a copy of the action plan will be forwarded to the School Direct Lead for the consortium. The Action Plan should be reviewed at each weekly meeting by the ITT Mentor and the Liaison Tutor should be kept informed.

It is important to identify clearly the circumstances and terminology that might arise as part of the Additional Support Framework and to clarify the procedure.

The Additional Support Framework needs to be in place as soon as it becomes evident that:

  • The teacher in training is not making sufficient progress within the phase of training and ‘additional support’ is appropriate.  They are not at this stage a clear ‘cause for concern’; however structured support and intervention are required to enable them to evidence the expected progress for their current phase of training via a clearly identified development plan.
  • There is a ‘cause for concern’ where the teacher in training is failing to demonstrate the expected progress for the phase of training and having a negative impact on pupil progress. Although at this stage they are not considered to be ‘at risk’ of failing the school placement, they would benefit from a clearly identified development plan that should enable them to make the expected progress by the end of the placement. A teacher in training may start a placement as a ‘cause for concern’ based on progress issues identified from a previous school placement.
  • A trainee who is identified as being ‘at risk’ of failing the placement needs a clearly identified development plan to provide the support to enable them to have the best chance of succeeding. The following are examples of a trainee who may be ‘at risk’:
    • There are issues such as poor professional standards, health and safety or very weak subject knowledge that are having a very negative impact on pupils and are more than a ‘cause for concern’.
    • The trainee having been previously identified as a ‘cause for concern’ has not made sufficient/any progress with the identified targets.
NB: Any trainee undertaking a referral placement must commence their referral with an intervention action plan as part of the Additional Support Framework. For further information regarding referrals please see Section A5.

Roles and Responsibilities

ITT Mentor/Professional Mentor

The ITT Mentor/Professional Mentor is responsible for monitoring the Additional Support Framework procedure from start to conclusion, in collaboration with the University liaison tutor.

Role: to identify and monitor the progress of Trainee Teachers identified as requiring an Additional Support Framework and Intervention Action Plan.

Responsibility to:

  • discuss concerns with the trainee and the University Liaison Tutor as soon as possible;
  • inform the trainee of progress being made and identify when to implement the Additional Support Framework;
MUST be acknowledged through written evidence on lesson analysis and weekly meeting proformas)

Follow up action:

  • inform the Liaison Tutor and Partnership team as soon as possible that an action plan is required;
  • work with the trainee and Liaison Tutor to specify the experiences that the trainee will need to have, the actions they will need to take and the evidence that they will need to gather to rescind the ‘additional support’, ‘cause for concern’ or ‘at risk’ status;
  • in partnership with the trainee and the Liaison Tutor put into place and monitor and review a developmental intervention action plan.

The University Liaison

The University Liaison Tutor is responsible for monitoring the Additional Support Framework procedure from start to conclusion, in collaboration with the ITT Mentor/Professional Mentor.

Role: to monitor the quality of the training experience including the ‘Additional Support Framework’ procedure.

Responsibility: discuss the issue with the School and decide if the structured intervention needed is ‘additional support’, ‘cause for concern’ or ‘at risk’ and help to formulate the developmental/action plan asap.

Follow up action:

  • discuss the issue with the programme leader in respect of programme best course of action (expectations, procedure, timelines);
  • finalise and forward the signed intervention and development plan to the ITT Partnership Lead
  • inform the ITT Partnership Lead of the course of action and specific details for the official letter to be sent from the Partnership team.

The ITT Partnership Lead

The ITT Partnership lead is responsible for monitoring that the Additional Support Framework is applied fairly and consistently across the Partnership

Role: to monitor the fair and consistent application of the ‘Additional Support Framework’ procedure.

Responsibility: review and quality assure action plans and monitor consistency and quality of the procedure.

Follow up action:

  • Confirm that targets are appropriate and effectively monitored;
  • Support Liaison Tutors, ITT Mentors and Programme Leaders in respect of the consistent and fair application of the procedure;
  • Work with the partnership team to ensure that all parties are kept informed regarding trainee progress and outcomes.

Additional Support Framework and Intervention Programme

The following documentation outline Trainee Structured Support and Intervention procedures which apply to ALL LJMU ITT Programmes:

Formal notification of Additional Support Framework and Action Plans

  • The Action Plan should be forwarded from the Liaison Tutor directly to Andrea Mallaburn (ITT Partnership Lead) once agreed and signed by all parties
  • The agreed and signed Action Plan for either ‘additional support’, ‘cause for concern’ or ‘at risk’ of failing the placement will be sent to the trainee from the ITT Partnership Lead via the Work-related Learning Unit.
  • Copies of the Action Plan will be sent to the Professional Mentor, ITT Mentor, School Direct Lead (if appropriate) and Liaison Tutor.
  • The Action Plan should be reviewed each week by the ITT Mentor and the Liaison Tutor should be kept informed
  • An action plan should usually last no longer than 2 weeks before it is formally reviewed in a meeting with the Trainee, ITT Mentor and the Liaison Tutor (where necessary the LT may not be present but must be kept informed)

Reviewing the Action Plan

  • At the formal review meeting, the recommendation can be made to either successfully pass the action plan, to amend the action plan targets and extend the action plan or to move to ‘cause for concern’ or ‘at risk’.
  • If a trainee fails their ‘at risk’ action plan then their school placement is terminated at this point and they return to university for a meeting with the ITT Partnership Lead, School Direct Lead (if appropriate) and the Partnership Manager.
Referral & Deferral Procedures