After QTS – Newly Qualified Teacher Induction (NQT)


Statutory induction is the bridge between initial teacher training and the start of your career in teaching as a fully-fledged teacher. It combines a personalised programme of development, support and professional dialogue with monitoring and an assessment of performance against the Teachers’ Standards. The programme should support the newly qualified teacher (NQT) in demonstrating that their performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory by the end of the period and equip them with the tools to be an effective and successful teacher.

The induction period lasts for three school terms (a standard school year) or can be undertaken on a part-time basis. It must be completed successfully, by law, to continue teaching in maintained schools, non-maintained special schools, maintained nursery schools and pupil referral units in England.

When applying for your first teaching post it is important to discuss how the educational establishment organises and leads on their induction program. Each term of your induction programme will involve a formal assessment monitoring your progress against the Teachers’ Standards, which is then reported to the appropriate body for a record. The third and final assessment makes a decision on whether you have met the requirements for successfully completing the induction period, and is relayed to the National College for Teaching and Leadership confirming completion.

NQTs are encouraged to start their induction as soon as possible after gaining QTS.

Link to Department for Education Statutory NQT Guidance Document (Oct 14)

Statutory induction guidance for newly qualified teachers