NQT induction is a statutory process enshrined in the education act and there are a number of key requirements which must be adhered to throughout the process...
Successful completion of an induction programme is a statutory requirement for a teacher with qualified teacher status (QTS) to continue teaching in a maintained school or nursery, a non-maintained special school or pupil referral unit, subject to certain exceptions (as set out in government Regulations).
During the induction period an NQT must receive a reduced timetable (10% NQT time), in addition to statutory 10% planning, preparation and assessment time all of which must be protected by law.
They must also receive adequate and targeted support.
The DfE statutory induction guidance states all NQTs should have:
- a designated Induction Tutor/Coordinator (who must hold QTS)
- a personalised programme of professional development activities taking into account previous training & experience
- regular observations & prompt feedback (suggested minimum of 1 formal observation every 4-6 weeks)
- regular reviews of progress towards meeting the standards
- a professional review meeting every half term. (Half term review)
- 1 formal end of term assessment meeting every induction term. (End of term review)
- the opportunity to discuss, read, sign & add their own comments to 3 formal assessment forms that report on their progress all of which must contain descriptive evidence of practice
- a named contact outside school or college with whom they can discuss concerns that go beyond the school/college, or are not addressed internally. (The Appropriate Body for induction)
Regulations make it clear that an NQT's duties, supervision, and the conditions under which they work must enable there to be a fair and effective assessment of their conduct and efficiency as a teacher. An important element of this is ensuring that their post is suitable for induction. A suitable post is one which provides them with the tasks, experience and support that will enable them to meet the teaching standards, and which does not make unreasonable demands.
The following is a brief outline of the key steps to take in laying the foundation for a successful induction. These steps are explained in greater detail in the following sections and in the supporting links on each page. A brief overview of induction can also be found here
Important: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is a legal requirement for induction. If a teacher does not have QTS they are not an NQT and therefore cannot undergo NQT induction (no exceptions). Schools/colleges, regardless of status, must by law check teacher status via the government TRA employer access system. The system will also display teachers who have sanctions or restrictions. For further information relating to statutory employment checks, please see the TRA website
Those teachers who hold Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills QTLS or Early Years Teacher Status EYTS are not considered to be NQTs and are therefore unable to complete a statutory induction period if holding either of these qualification statuses.
NB: Supply teachers who hold QTS can undergo induction so long as their contract length is for a minimum of 1 full induction term. Induction must be planned and structured in advance and take place in a stable environment to allow for fair and accurate assessment which cannot happen in a short-term supply role i.e. day-to-day supply.