Your induction as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) is a three-term period of assessment, usually completed in a single school year, which helps ensure that your teaching career is built on a firm foundation.
Why have NQT induction?
Through a personalised programme of guidance and support, induction provides the tools NQTs will need to be successful teachers.
You can only begin your induction once you have gained qualified teacher status (QTS). You must successfully complete all the professional skills tests before you gain QTS.
What will I learn?
Your induction will be a period of supported development, building on what you have already learned in your initial teacher training (ITT). Induction includes two main elements:
- a personalised programme of professional development and support
- an assessment against the Teachers' Standards
How does induction work?
Induction is assessed across the equivalent of three full school terms, with assessment at the end of each term. It can be completed full or part-time.
Towards the end of each term of your induction period, you should meet your induction tutor or head teacher for a formal assessment. The main focus is your progress in meeting the Teachers’ Standards consistently over a sustained period in your practice.
After each of the first two meetings, the head teacher should make a report to the appropriate body, which is usually a local authority or teaching school, recording your progress against the standards.
Following the assessment at the end of your third term, your head teacher will make a recommendation to the appropriate body about whether your progress against the standards is satisfactory.
The appropriate body will then decide whether you have met the requirements for successfully completing the induction period, and will write to your head teacher and the National College for Teaching and Leadership to relay this decision.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership will then write to you confirming whether or not you have successfully completed induction.
Read more about how induction works
What support will I get?
As an NQT, in addition to your individual programme of professional development, you will receive:
- a 10 per cent reduction in your teaching timetable to give you time to develop your teaching skills away from the classroom. This is in addition to your statutory 10 per cent planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time
- support from an induction tutor
- regular reviews of your progress, and formal discussions at the end of each term with your tutor and/or head teacher