Education Personnel Services

Newly Qualified Teacher Induction

Hampshire works as the Appropriate Body for around 850 NQTs every year, providing an excellent induction programme for all.  The service that Hampshire provides includes:

  • Registering your NQTs with the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL)
  • Receiving, reading and registering assessment forms
  • Giving advice and guidance on the NQT Induction year
  • Making you aware of any changes to regulations
  • Supporting you with any concerns over the progress of any of your NQTs
  • Access to NQT Manager (Hampshire’s paperless NQT Management system)
  • Access for NQTs and Induction Tutors to the excellent training that Hampshire provides.

Changes made to the funding for maintained schools for the statutory induction of NQTs, means that this service is now chargeable.  Academies, Independent Schools and Colleges will also need to contract with Hampshire to provide this service.  For more information or to subscribe to this service, please contact EPS using the contact details on the right.

See below for further information on:

NQT Manager

NQT Manager is Hampshire’s paperless NQT Management system.  On NQT Manager you will find all you need to guide you through the year including:

  • Personalised guidance for NQTs, Headteachers and Induction Tutors
  • Training programme details for NQTs and Induction Tutors
  • Useful proformas to use throughout the induction year
  • and much more!

To access NQT Manager, go to (requires a logon).

Qualified Teacher Status

DfE regulations state that no NQT may begin the induction year until the date when English QTS is awarded.

Teachers who train in Wales and whose first post is in an English school are subject to the same induction regulations as English-trained teachers, and their QTS is valid in England.

Any teacher who cannot provide evidence of Qualified Teacher Status after a month in employment, without a valid reason, can not be employed as a qualified teacher, and induction should be can not commence, until the date is verified.

A QTS certificate may not have been issued for one of the following reasons:

  • the teacher trained in Scotland or Northern Ireland and has a Scottish/NI Qualified Teacher Status date but has not obtained English QTS. In these cases the award of English QTS is a formality but induction cannot start until it has been awarded;

  • the teacher trained in another country outside England or Wales and has to apply to be assessed against standards - further information on Overseas Trained Teachers.

  • the teacher has not passed one of the skills tests in numeracy, literacy and ICT, and so QTS has not yet been awarded.

  • the teacher has been awarded their degree but the university has not recommended them for QTS

Supply or posts not eligible for induction

The following is regarding eligibility to carry out short term (less than one term) supply teaching as an NQT and other posts which cannot be counted towards Induction

To avoid NQTs teaching for an indefinite time without undergoing or completing induction, DfE regulations state that an NQT may only do short-term or casual supply work for 5 years from the date that they have been awarded QTS before beginning or continuing induction.

A qualified teacher who gained QTS on or after 1 September 2007 who has not completed an induction period, can undertake short-term supply work of less than one term in a relevant school for a maximum period of 5 years from the point of award of QTS. This is a fixed time limit with no discretion to extend. Short-term supply placements of less than one term, or equivalent, cannot count towards induction, as such posts will not provide an NQT with the breadth of experience, support and assessment necessary to enable them to demonstrate that their performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory. Once the 5 years has passed the NQT is then not allowed to teach in a maintained school or non-maintained special school until he/she takes a post that will count towards induction.

The head teacher/principal or supply agency is responsible for ensuring that a teacher who has not satisfactorily completed an induction period is eligible to carry out short term supply work.

It is not possible to backdate the start of an induction period if a short-term supply contract is extended beyond one term. However, an induction programme must be put in place immediately it becomes clear that the extended contract will continue for a further term or more.

If an NQT takes a post for the equivalent of a term or more which involves regularly teaching the same class(es), teaching the whole primary curriculum (if in a primary school) and planning for, reporting on and assessing those classes, even if part-time and even if through an agency, the school must commence induction.

Even if the contract is for the equivalent of a term or more, this employment cannot always count towards induction.  To be appropriate for induction, a post must not involve only day to day cover of absent teachers, must involve whole-class teaching of regular classes and in primary schools must involve teaching the whole curriculum. However, some schools are employing NQTs for posts that do not meet these criteria (e.g. to provide PPA cover) if no non-NQT teacher is available.  The ‘5 year supply rule’ applies to these posts.  Appropriate Bodies are not permitted to extend the 5 year supply rule.


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