Observations are also a key feature of Droichead. This includes observations by the NQT of more experienced teachers’ practice, as well as observation of the NQT’s practice by the PST. Both types of observations are arranged in advance, and provide NQTs with opportunities to learn from their fellow professionals. Observations by the PST of the NQT’s practice should focus on areas where the NQT feels that they need particular advice, help and support. The NQT should therefore be encouraged to teach in an area where they feel their learning need is greatest. This can then provide the basis for a subsequent professional conversation. It is recommended that there would be at least two of each type of classroom observation (observations by the NQT, and observations of the NQT’s practice), and that the exact number, and the classes observed, should be based on discussions between the NQT and the PST. Where the Droichead process was interrupted during the 2019/2020 school year and the number of observations and the length of time you will be required to teach will be determined in consultation with your PST. Where the PST(s) believe that you have engaged fully in a quality induction process, they have observed sufficient elements of your practice and have had sufficient professional conversations, they can sign your Form D.