Inquiry time is additional staffing to schools to be provided each year.
It would be about 200 FTTE of additional staffing per year under full implementation of the IES.
The amount of inquiry time depends on the school’s guaranteed staffing allocation each year.
It represents approximately four hours per year per FTTE across all teachers.
No eligible schools will have less than 50 hours per year.
The extra staffing time is to be used to release teachers from class to work with other teachers who are in a mentor role, predominantly around the student achievement goals the school has agreed it shares with the other schools in its Community of Schools (CoS).
The use is determined by the school, following consultation with the CoS/CoL.
There is no individual entitlement to the time. In any one year some people will receive inquiry time allocations and others will not.
The time can be spent working with someone in the CoL within school teacher role, or the CoL across community teacher role or any other specialist support or mentor, such as the SCT, a subject specialist, etc.