Frequently asked questions relating to NQT Induction...

Frequently asked questions relating to NQT Induction...

Below you will find answers to the most popular questions relating to statutory NQT Induction in England.  If you cannot find the answer you are looking for or you believe any of the information below to be incorrect, then please feel free to contact us

I do not have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), can I do induction?

No.  QTS is a legal requirement as outlined by the government.  For full details regarding the award of QTS, please visit the government Teaching Regulation Agency website

I trained in Northern Ireland (or Rep of Ireland/Scotland) do I need to have QTS?

Yes.  Before you can apply for positions in England, you must obtain the necessary clearance from the government Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).  The TRA will determine whether or not you are required to complete a statutory induction period.  For full details including the steps you need to take to obtain QTS and a valid Teacher Reference Number, please visit: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

I have QTLS, can I do induction ?

No. If you have been awarded QTLS and are a full member of the Society for Education and Training (SET) you are exempt from induction. Please see the links below for full details:

Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or Society for Education and Training (SET)

I have Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), can I do induction ?

No.  If you have EYTS your are not eligible for induction.  Please visit: Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) for full details.

My school have not registered me as an NQT, can I backdate my Induction ?

No.  Induction cannot be backdated.

Who makes the final decision as to whether or not I have met the required standards to pass induction ?

The Appropriate Body has the final say as to whether or not an NQT has met the required standards to pass induction.  The AB has to satisfy itself that there is sufficient evidence contained within your end of term assessments to suggest that you have met all of the standards by the end of induction.

Is there a deadline by which newly qualified teachers (NQTs) must start and finish induction?

No. NQTs are encouraged to start their induction as soon as possible after gaining qualified teacher status (QTS), but there is no set time limit for starting or completing induction. If significant time has elapsed between gaining QTS and starting induction, or there is a significant gap between teaching posts during the induction period, NQTs can consider undertaking refresher training.  Please visit - Returning Teachers

Can a newly qualified teacher do supply work before starting induction?

Yes, a qualified teacher, who has not completed an induction period, can undertake some short-term supply work in a relevant school (maintained school, maintained nursery, PRU and non-maintained special school) but this is limited to five years from the date that QTS was awarded.

See paragraphs 2.13-2.16 of the Statutory guidance on induction for NQTs in England.

Can an NQT do induction as a supply teacher? 

Yes, if it is a supply placement (contract) of at least one term or more, induction is available in the school and all parties involved have agreed and been notified that induction is taking place prior to it beginning. Any period of employment as a teacher of at least one school term (in a three term year) can count as part of induction, irrespective of whether the employment/engagement is full-time or part-time. A supply teacher, on a contract of one term or more, should be treated in the same way as a permanent employee by the headteacher for the purposes of induction.

How long will I be able to work as a supply teacher for before I must start my induction?

From 1 September 2012, the time limit on short-term (duration of less than a term) supply teaching contracts prior to being required to start induction is being increased to five years from the date of award of QTS. This will apply to all NQTs regardless of the amount of short-term supply teaching that has been undertaken previously.

Supply posts that last for a term or longer do not have a limit but if NQTs are employed to fill these, the post should be suitable for induction and induction should take place.

What happens after the five year time limit?

When the five year limit is reached, a teacher cannot undertake any further supply work (of any duration) in a maintained school, non-maintained special school, maintained nursery school or pupil referral unit unless it is a post in which the NQT is employed for a term of more and is able to undertake induction on a full or part-time basis.

See paragraph 2.13-2.16 of the Statutory guidance on induction for NQTs in England.

Will it be possible to get an extension to the five years?

No, because the period that NQTs can serve as short-term supply teachers has been significantly increased and because it is important for NQTs to be able to serve induction as soon as possible after completing their initial teacher training. Therefore, there will be no extensions available from 1 September 2012.

What if I am currently serving an extension period agreed with my LA which will not have finished by 1 September 2012?

All extensions in place on 1 September 2012 will cease on that day. Of course, if you are still within five years from the award of your QTS, you will still be able to undertake short-term supply until that time limit is reached. 

Are there any changes to long-term supply rules?

No, NQTs will still be able to undertake supply posts lasting a term or longer but these must be suitable for induction to take place and, if an NQT is employed in such a post they would be expected to undertake induction. There is no time limit on these posts.

What is a suitable post to serve induction?

The headteacher/principal and appropriate body must ensure that the duties of the NQT, his or her supervision, personal development and the conditions under which the NQT works are such as to enable there to be a fair and effective assessment of the NQT's conduct and efficiency against the teachers’ standards. An important issue at the start and throughout the period is to ensure the suitability of the NQT's post. For further criteria see paragraph 2.17 -2.18 of the statutory guidance on induction for NQTs in England.

I am a teacher from Australia, Canada, New Zealand or USA, can I teach in a school in England without having to serve induction?

Providing that you have successfully completed a programme of professional training for teachers in your home country, are recognised as such by the required authorities in that country, and have satisfied any additional requirements to be employed as a qualified teacher on a permanent basis in a government school (in Australia) or a school wholly or mainly government funded (in Canada, New Zealand or USA) you can be employed as a qualified teacher in a maintained school in England.

You will also be exempt from serving a statutory induction period, providing that you have not unsuccessfully been assessed against either the QTS or core standards prior to 1 April 2012.  Please visit Non EEA Nationals for full details

I did my teacher training in Scotland/Northern Ireland/Wales. Can I complete my Induction in England?

If you completed your teacher training in Scotland/Northern Ireland/Wales and have been awarded QTS then you can complete your induction period in England. If your induction period or equivalent has been served successfully in Scotland/Northern Ireland/Wales you are likely to be exempt from serving induction in England.

Please visit: Teachers who trained in either Scotland or Northern Ireland for full details

If a teacher has trained overseas and has worked as a teacher for several years, are they exempt from induction?

Overseas trained teachers (OTT) who have trained outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) will need to present themselves for assessment against the teachers’ standards providing they have at least two years full-time teaching experience.

If they meet the teachers’ standards they will be exempt from having to do an induction support programme. Induction is statutory for OTTs who trained overseas but subsequently attained QTS via initial teacher training (ITT) routes in England. For further information, contact details for the overseas trained teacher advice line are available on this page.  Please visit Non EEA Nationals for full details

What if they qualified within the EEA?

Teachers who qualified in countries within the EEA and have successfully applied to the TRA for QTS are exempt from completing induction in England. See annex B (exemptions) of the Statutory guidance on induction for NQTs in England.  Please visit EEA Nationals for full details

Can an NQT do induction at an independent school?

Independent schools (including academies and city technology colleges) who wish to offer an NQT who has been awarded QTS the chance to complete statutory induction must provide a suitable post and programme that will help the NQT to continue to meet the teachers’ standards. 

Can an NQT undertake induction in an age group and subject they have not trained in?

Yes. When an NQT has qualified teacher status they can teach any age range or subject, irrespective of training. However, teaching outside the age range and subject for which they trained is unlikely to offer the best context for induction. An NQT in this situation is likely to need additional support to meet, and demonstrate they are meeting, the teachers’ standards.

I am a part-time NQT serving induction. How long would I have to wait for my first formal assessment?

An NQT undertaking induction in a part-time post would be required to serve the equivalent of an academic year for a full-time teacher. 

Therefore if the teacher was filling a 0.5 contract, and this post continued throughout the induction period, it would last the equivalent of two academic years. Before the induction period begins the school should discuss with the NQT the timing of the formal assessments, and other support and guidance throughout the period. It might be expected that for this NQT the first formal assessment may not take place until the end of the second school term. However, there would be other more informal assessments and observations earlier.

I have been teaching successfully at an independent school for a number of years. I now wish to take a post in a maintained school. Will I have to serve induction?

From 1 September 2012 appropriate bodies (usually a local authority or from 1 September 2012 a Teaching School) and the school will be able to consider reducing the induction period to take into account evidence obtained from your previous post that you are meeting the required Teachers’ Standards. The induction period (usually three terms) could be reduced to a minimum of one term.

I have been teaching in a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and have now been awarded QTS. Will I be able to serve statutory induction in my PRU?

From 1 September 2012 PRUs and alternative provision academies will be able to offer induction providing that the appropriate body (usually a local authority) and the PRU have decided that the post is suitable (based on the criteria in paragraph 2.24 of the Statutory Guidance on Induction for newly qualified teachers in England.

How is induction affected by maternity leave?

If an NQT has a break in her induction that includes statutory maternity leave, she can choose whether or not to extend induction by a period equivalent to the statutory maternity leave. Outstanding assessments should not be made until she returns to work and has had the opportunity to decide whether to extend induction. Any extension request must be granted.

If an NQT chooses not to extend her induction period following a period of statutory maternity leave, her performance will still be assessed against the teachers’ standards. Individuals in this situation should seek advice from their headteacher/principal, induction tutor or an appropriate teacher union professional association before making this decision.

See paragraph 3.7 of the Statutory guidance on induction for NQTs in England.

What are the rules on paternity leave?

The induction regulations make no special provision for paternity leave. Paternity absence should be counted as normal absence under the 29 day rule. Fathers are not entitled to an aggregated extension based on their paternity leave. Absence of 30 days or more requires an aggregated extension to the induction period equal to the period of absence.

Will my induction be extended if I have been absent?

The induction period is automatically extended prior to completion when an NQT's absences during the entire induction period total 30 days or more. In these circumstances the induction period must be extended by the aggregate total of days absent, for example if the NQT is absent for a total of 35 days, the induction period is extended by 35 days. Please note that when the NQT works part-time, only absences that fall when the NQT is contracted to work should be counted. In the case of NQTs being absent from school due to paternity leave or jury service the absent rule would still apply in these situations.

See paragraph 3.5 of the statutory guidance on induction for NQTs in England.

Can an NQT teacher who fails their induction period appeal against the decision?

An NQT can appeal to the TRA by sending a notice of appeal within 20 days, beginning with the date the NQT received notice of the appropriate bodies decision – this can be a letter. Section four of the Statutory guidance on induction for NQTs in England. provides more information on the appeals process.

I have failed my Induction, am I allowed to teach?

If you have failed induction and decided not to appeal the decision or you have appealed but the appeal is disallowed, your name will appear on the list of teachers who have failed satisfactorily to complete an induction period, maintained by the TRA on behalf of the Secretary of State. You will not be able to teach in a maintained school. Independent schools including academies, Free Schools and FE institutions do not legally require their teachers to complete induction.

You can check your official teacher status and record online by visiting the government Teacher Self-Serivce portal

When an NQT has passed induction how long should a local authority retain their records?

It is recommended that local authorities and schools/colleges retain records for at least six years (this is in line with the guidance on performance management). After that time they should follow their own internal policy on data retention.


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