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Newly Qualified Teachers

From your initial job search to completing your NQT year, we are here to offer help and guidance on all aspects of being a new teacher

Whether you are thinking about teaching, about to graduate shortly, have just completed a PGCE, or fancied a career change, we have articles and resources to help you through being a “new teacher”.

This page includes new teacher and NQT specific jobs, articles and resources, scroll down and take a look.

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NQT FAQ's


What is an NQT?

Newly Qualified Teachers are those who have gained Qualified Teacher Status but have not yet completed the statutory twelve-month programme known as the “induction for newly qualified teachers”.

What is an NQT Induction?

An NQT induction is where you build upon your initial teacher training experience after gaining your QTS. During your induction period, you will be expected to work as a teacher but will have support and guidance from your induction support/tutor and headteacher.

NQT Inductions usually last 3 terms, which you can usually expect to complete in one academic year.

Do I have to do my NQT induction at one school?

No, you don’t have to complete your full NQT induction in one school. As long as you fulfil one term/10 consecutive weeks or the required hours, plus the term assessment in one school placement.

Is the NQT induction year compulsory?

Not necessarily, NQTs who intend to work solely in independent schools, including academies and free schools, don’t have to go through an NQT induction.

How long does it take to complete an NQT induction?

NQT’s need to complete a certain amount of induction hours, so it depends if you work full-time, part-time or as supply. Generally, one academic year is the induction period that most NQT’s take.

Where can I complete my NQT induction?

Induction must be provided for all NQTs appointed
to teaching posts in maintained:

Nursery schools, Primary schools, Secondary schools. In non-maintained or maintained special schools.

Induction can be served if certain criteria are met in:

● sixth form colleges;
● independent schools (including Academies and
CityTechnology Colleges);
● early years settings, including children’s centres; and
● further education institutions.

Do NQT's receive help in their induction year?

Yes, you will receive help and guidance. Teaching is a big responsibility, so you won’t be expected to do it alone in your first year as an NQT. You will be assigned an induction tutor/mentor that is responsible for your day to day monitoring and support. They will coordinate and organise observations, reviews and assessments.

What will an NQT cover in their induction?

You will cover two main elements:

  • Professional Development and Support – which is tailored to your specific needs
  • Assessment against Teacher Standards

You will also get:

A 10% reduction in your teaching timetable in order for you to develop your skills out of the classroom. This is in addition to your 10% planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time.

Support from your Induction Tutor/Mentor.

Reviews on your progress, together with formal meetings each term with your headteacher and/or induction tutor.

How is an NQT assessed in their induction period?

Through an NQT induction, there will be 3 kinds of assessments:

Observations -These will happen regularly throughout the induction period to see how an NQT interacts, instructs and communicates with their class. After they are observed, they should receive feedback about the teaching/progress and have a discussion with their induction tutor.

professional Progress Reviews -An NQT tutor will review the professional progress of the NQT. They will consider observations and written paperwork along with other aspects of teaching. This enables them to provide tailored objectives for the NQT and steps to take to achieve them.

Formal Assessment -Usually there are three of these in the induction year, usually at the end of each term. After the final assessment, the headteacher will make a recommendation to the appropriate body as to whether the NQT has met the required core standards.

How much do NQT's get paid?

NQT salaries range from £23,720 to £29,664 depending on the location in which you teach (London offers higher pay). Generally, you will be at the lower end of the main pay scale for classroom teachers.

Can you work supply as an NQT?

If you are working as a supply teacher, you cannot count periods of less than one term in a particular school towards your induction period.

In England, you are entitled to work on a short-term supply placement for up to 16 months from the date of your first supply placement without having to serve an induction period, after this, you cannot continue to work on a short-term, non-induction basis.

Do you have to complete your NQT year in England?

You can do your NQT year abroad. This has to be in a specifically accredited British school overseas (BSO) which, like UK schools, have Ofsted inspections, follow the curriculum and have core standards.

Many international schools will hire you with QTS, even if you have not done your NQT year.


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