This section provides information about statutory induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in England and provides links to the new induction regulations and statutory guidance which came into force on 1 September 2012. The statutory guidance is regularly updated so please check the website for the latest version. Please note that there have been amendments to the statutory guidance at:

  • paragraph 2.7 about serving induction in an FE institution which has been judged as inadequate
  • paragraph 2.19 about ensuring a reduced timetable
  • paragraph 2.23 about charging by the appropriate body
  • paragraph 2.27 about the length of the induction period an NQT is required to serve
  • paragraph 2.34 about monitoring, support and assessment during induction
  • paragraph 3.7 about extending an induction period prior to completion due to statutory maternity leave
  • paragraph 5.6 about the role of the induction tutor

Latest news

A new appropriate body to quality assure the induction of NQTs was established on 1 September 2013. The National Induction Panel for Teachers (NIPT) has been developed by Freedom and Autonomy for Schools - National Association (FASNA) and the Independent Academies Association (IAA). NIPT will act as appropriate body for NQT induction in Academies and maintained schools. The statutory guidance has been updated to reflect this.

Further information about NIPT is available on the National Induction Panel for Teachers website.

The appeals body for induction with effect from 1 April 2013 is the National College for Teaching and Leadership.


Qualified teachers who are employed in maintained schools, non-maintained special schools, maintained nursery schools and pupil referral units in England must, by law, complete an induction period (unless they are covered by any of the exemptions in annex B of the statutory guidance) after gaining qualified teacher status (QTS).

In autumn 2011 we consulted on proposals to change the arrangements for the induction of newly qualified teachers (NQT) in order to reduce unnecessary prescription and bureaucracy, and give schools and appropriate bodies flexibility to use their professional judgement in managing their own arrangements according to local circumstances.

New induction regulations (The Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) Regulations 2012) and associated statutory guidance on induction for newly qualified teachers (England) came into force on 1 September 2012.

The main changes introduced from 1 September 2012 were:

  • Appropriate body arrangements: We have given schools the freedom to choose their appropriate body. In addition to local authorities, teaching schools will be able to carry out the role of appropriate body for the purposes of statutory induction, providing that the NQT has not been assessed by the teaching school for the award of QTS or has served any part of their induction at that school. Maintained schools can now choose to approach a local authority in another area to act as their appropriate body if they wish although appropriate bodies are not allowed to charge maintained schools for the service until September 2013 (paragraphs 2.20 to 2.23 of the statutory guidance).
  • Short-term supply teaching: The limit on short-term (less than one term) supply teaching prior to starting an induction period has been increased to five years starting from the date that QTS is awarded (paragraphs 2.13 to 2.16 of the statutory guidance).
  • Reducing the length of an induction period: The appropriate body will have discretion to reduce the induction period to a minimum of one term where the NQT can show, through past experience, that they are teaching to the Teachers’ Standards (see paragraphs 3.2 to 3.5 of the statutory guidance).
  • Settings where induction may be served: Statutory induction can now be served in British schools overseas (BSOs), pupil referral units (PRUs) and independent nursery schools, provided they meet the required conditions (paragraph 2.1of the statutory guidance).
  • Lost or erroneous data: In exceptional circumstances where records have been either lost or are in error, appropriate bodies will have discretion to decide if the NQT can be deemed to be exempt from induction (paragraph 3.14 of the statutory guidance).

The September 2012 regulations also include the changes made to the previous induction regulations in April 2012:

  • A number of duties (mostly in relation to the appeals process) were transferred from the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) to the Teaching Agency (now the National College for Teaching and Leadership) (on behalf of the Secretary of State).
  • 16 to 19 academies and alternative provision academies can offer statutory induction if they choose to do so.
  • Holders of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status are exempt from induction if they teach in maintained schools providing that they are members of the Institute for Learning.
  • Qualified teachers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA who have completed all the requirements to teach as a qualified teacher in their home country are also exempt from induction in England.

View the Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.

Teachers’ Standards 

From 1 September 2012 the new Teachers’ Standards replaced the QTS and Core Standards for all assessment evidence on or after 1 September 2012.