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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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It’s hard when you are a new teacher, trying to fill a letter with experience examples and learned skills when you are at the start of your journey

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Newly Qualified Teacher Articles


Be 10% Braver When Applying for Jobs

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10 Helpful Tips for New Teachers

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Bring Britsh Sign Language into the Classroom

British Sign Language Week happens in March every year, as it celebrates a special date, March 18th (2003), the day the UK government recognised BSL. Every day we see deaf young people achieving great things, and their enthusiasm and skills will make them great leaders of tomorrow. However, decisions are being made that are putting their futures in jeopardy. We have seen restrictions to funding, early intervention, language access, and...

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10 Ways to Prepare for an Interview “Test” Lesson

It’s easy to let the pressures of the teacher application process get to you. Panic not, we have 10 questions that will help you to prepare for your demonstration lesson effectively: 1. Will I be given a set of instructions for the “test” lesson? You will be given an outline of what to teach, make sure you read this carefully and know what’s expected of you, if you have any...

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How to Write an NQT Teaching Statement/ Cover Letter

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7 Tips for Efficient Marking

Marking is a large part of teaching, and at times it can be overwhelming. To avoid the panic of a Sunday night stress, or taking a week's worth of marking home during school holidays, we have 7 ways you can increase your marking efficiency. 1. Mark Question by Question rather than student by student (best for short answers and paragraphs) This can can take a little more time to organise, but...

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8 Tips for Dealing with Teacher Stress

1. Create a List of all Things to do Today Prepare for the stress, before the stress begins, make a list of things to do for today, give them a realistic times scale, then list the most likely areas to cause you to stress, rate them in numerical order if it helps. Note how you will approach each situation. Sounds arbitrary, but it helps to have mental preparation and a...

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How to Tell if a Student is Bullying or Teasing?

What signs should teachers look for when deciding if a students behaviour is friendly teasing or bullying?  Most of us (teachers and students alike) have experienced good-natured teasing that is done in fun. Some sibling relationships and friendships are built on them! But how do we know when this behaviour has crossed the line? When are students no longer “just kidding,” but participating in deliberately mean behaviour? Definition of Bullying...

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How to Find an NQT Teaching Job

Teachers are in high demand at the moment, but there is still tough competition as NQTs look to enter the job market at the same time every year. Finding your first teaching job may seem like a daunting task, but we have put some helpful information together on how to break down the when, where and how questions.  When should you start looking for your first teaching job? As a...

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