Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)
Statutory guidance on NQT inductions that started before 1 September 2021.
Applies to England
For inductions starting from September 2021, see the induction for early career teachers (England).
Coronavirus (COVID-19): read guidance about changes to newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
This statutory guidance is for inductions that started before 1 September 2021. It is for:
- school staff
- local authorities
- governing bodies
It applies to:
- local-authority-maintained schools
- academies and free schools
- pupil referral units
- independent schools
- sixth-form colleges
- further education colleges
The guidance covers settings which:
- are required to offer induction to their NQTs
- choose to offer induction to their NQTs
This guidance relates to The Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) Regulations 2012.
Last updated 19 April 2021 + show all updates
Edited the description to clarify that this guidance is only for inductions that started before 1 September 2021. The link to the new guidance has been moved to the top of the page for greater visibility.
Added a link to the updated guidance 'Induction for early career teachers (England)'.
Added a link to guidance about changes to newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Updated induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) 2018.
Replaced guidance with a revised December 2016 edition.
Replaced the document with 2016 edition. Annex B, paragraph 18 gives more detail on when overseas trained teachers (OTT) can work in a school without having completed an induction period. Clarified what is meant by independent sector when referring to statutory induction.
DfE has reviewed and republished this guidance and confirmed it is up to date.