NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers)

How induction works

The induction period is designed to ensure all newly qualified Teachers are supported in their first year of teaching after gaining qualified Teacher status (QTS). It combines a personalised programme of development, support and professional dialogue, with monitoring and an assessment of performance against the core standards.

Induction lasts for the equivalent of three school terms. Your progress will not affect your QTS, but you must successfully complete induction within 5 years of qualifying to continue supply teaching as a teacher  in a maintained school or non-maintained special school in England. 

While NQTs are encouraged to start their induction as soon as possible after gaining qualified teacher status (QTS), there is no set time limit for starting or completing an induction period

A qualified teacher who gained QTS on or after 1 September 2007 and who has not completed an induction period, can undertake short-term supply work of less than one term in a relevant school for a maximum period of 5 years from the point of award of QTS. This is a fixed time limit with no discretion to extend. Short-term supply placements of less than one term, or equivalent, cannot count towards induction, as such posts will not provide an NQT with the breadth of experience, support and assessment necessary to enable them to demonstrate that their performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory.

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Your Induction Programme

An induction programme should help you develop the knowledge and skills gained during initial Teacher training and provide a foundation for continuing professional development. You should expect to play an active part in planning and reviewing your induction programme.

Your induction programme will help you to meet the core standards and become an effective Teacher. It should be tailored to meet your individual needs and circumstances. You should be given a reduced timetable (in addition to planning, preparation and assessment time) with significant opportunities to:

  • show your potential
  • advance towards excellence in teaching
  • make a real impact on school and pupil development