These standards set the minimum requirements for teachers’ practice and conduct.



The ‘Teachers’ standards’ guidance is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies

The standards themselves (part 1 and part 2) have statutory force (under regulation 6(8)(a) of the Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012). They define the minimum level of practice expected of trainees and teachers from the point of being awarded qualified teacher status. They are also used to assess the performance of all teachers with qualified teacher status who are subject to The Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012.

The standards replaces the existing ‘Standards for qualified teacher status’ and the ‘Core professional standards’, previously published by the former Training and Development Agency for Schools.

The assessment forms which schools should use to carry out their statutory induction of newly qualified teachers are also available to download.

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