What to expect?
Faculty of Education
and Children’s Services
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The Induction Year
We know that the first year of teaching is both
exciting and challenging and many teachers
look back on it as one of the most rewarding
years in their career. We also understand that
it can seem quite daunting, and that there
may be challenges to face. It is important that
you are able to access support during this
important year to ensure that your first year is
a successful and positive experience.
To that end, we have developed a specific
package of support for you that works
alongside the support which you will be
receiving in school. We will celebrate your
successes with you, help develop your
knowledge and skills and enhance your
professional practice. The NQT MATTERS
programme is delivered in partnership with
Local Authorities and Teaching School Alliances,
drawing on outstanding expertise from the
University and partners in order to provide
targeted and up-to-date support for NQTs.
NQT MATTERS is a dynamic alliance
providing expert advice, practical support and
continuous encouragement for you, through:
• NQT Conferences
• NQT Specialist Mastery workshops
• NQT Resources on Chester Education
• Job Seeking support through the university
What is Statutory Induction?
“Statutory Induction is the bridge between
ITE and a career in teaching. It combines a
personalised programme of development,
support and professional dialogue, with
mentoring and an assessment of performance
against the core standards.”
(Statutory Guidance – England 1.8)
Statutory Induction has two main aspects:
• An individual programme of professional
development and monitoring.
• Assessment against the Teachers Standards
o Regular reviews of progress with
o Termly reports written and sent to
What are the requirements for
completing Statutory Induction?
• You must have achieved QTS. If you do not
have QTS, you cannot start induction – and
if QTS status cannot be proved, the post
should be offered conditionally.
• You must be registered with an Appropriate
Body before induction can begin.
• In Wales, you must register with the GTCW.
What is the Appropriate Body (AB)?
• The Appropriate Body is the organisation
which has the main quality assurance role
within the induction process. This can be
local authorities, teaching schools or other
organisations determined by the Secretary of
State who can act in this role.
Where can the NQT year be
In addition to Local Authority, Academy
and Free schools, NQTs can now serve
their induction in non-maintained nurseries,
independent schools, British schools overseas
and in PRUs.
What is a suitable post for induction?
“In order for the NQT to serve induction the
headteacher/principal and appropriate body
must first agree that the post is suitable for
this purpose. The headteacher/principal of
the institution in which an NQT is serving an
induction period, and the appropriate body,
are jointly responsible for ensuring that the
supervision and training of the NQT meets
their development needs. The duties assigned
to the NQT and the conditions under which
they work should be such as to facilitate a
fair and effective assessment of the NQT’s
conduct and efficiency as a teacher against the
(Statutory Guidance – England 2.17)
How long does the induction period last?
NQTs in England must serve three terms
– one school year of at least 195 working days -
in order to complete induction, beginning when
you first take up a post which lasts a term (or
its equivalent) or more.
NQTs in Wales must complete three terms,
or 380 school sessions - am or pm if on supply.
If you are without regular employment (doing
supply work) you can accrue sessions until 380
have been completed.
What happens if I am ill during
If you are absent from work for 30 or more
school days during the induction, your induction
period is extended by the aggregate total of
What if I move schools during the
statutory induction period?
If you move schools you can continue with
statutory induction providing the post is suitable.
What if I have a break in employment
during the NQT year?
You can take a break in employment, either by
choice or if a contract comes to an end. You can
continue with statutory induction when you take
up your next post.
What about part-time employment?
When part-time you must cover the same number
of sessions as a full-time NQT, but calculated on
a pro-rata basis. 195 days = 3 terms. (I term =
65 days) To calculate the length of induction for
a part-time NQT, divide 195 by your part-time
proportion - e.g. for an NQT with a .5 contract,
divide 195 by 0.5 = 97.5 days worked per year.
Induction will therefore take six terms to complete.
Is there a time limit to complete
At present there is no time limit once you
have started Statutory Induction, but you are
encouraged to start your induction as soon as
possible after gaining qualified teacher status
(QTS). There is no set time limit for starting or
Can I work as a supply teacher?
In England, short-term supply of less than one
term cannot count towards induction.
In Wales, NQTs can undertake induction
through the accrual of short-term periods
Is there a limit to how long I can do
A qualified teacher who has not completed an
induction period can undertake supply work of
less than one term for a maximum period of
five years from being awarded QTS.
Roles and Responsibilities
in Induction Year
The head teacher:
• Registers you (the NQT) with the AB.
• Ensures there is an appropriate induction
mentor allocated to you.
• Oversees the induction process, ensuring an
individual programme + 10% + PPA.
• Informs the AB on (un)successful completion.
The induction mentor:
• Organises and implements a tailored
programme of monitoring, support and
assessment for you.
• Supports you in drawing up action plans
with key objectives, reflecting the teaching
• Encourages review and reflection.
• Carries out /co-ordinates lesson observations.
• Reviews your progress against objectives and
standards and completes assessment forms.
• Ensures that you understand the nature and
purpose of formal assessment.
You… (the NQT!):
• Develop an action plan with your induction
mentor based on prior strengths and areas
• Take responsibility for planning, preparation
and assessment, to ensure the needs of all
pupils are met.
• Know and comply with school policies.
• Develop an evidence base to demonstrate
that you are working towards meeting the
teacher standards at an appropriate level,
based on your experience.
• Take responsibility for your own CPD.
What happens if things go wrong?
• Talk with your induction mentor or head
teacher in school.
• Seek support from the AB, your union or
University of Chester.
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In addition to the NQT MATTERS
programme, you may be eligible for special
rates on the NQT Professional Induction
Module (worth 20 M Level credits) and/or
Masters programmes in your first year of
teaching and beyond.