Who Are We?

We are an 'Appropriate Body' for schools, from all over the world, that choose us to oversee their NQTs induction period.  The appointment of an Appropriate Body is a statutory requirement for the induction period for all NQTs.

The NQT Induction and Support team provides specialist support, guidance and advice on NQT induction for over 1,000 NQTs each year in schools, HE colleges and academies across England and in British Overseas Schools.  The team delivers a comprehensive service including:

  • an online system for schools to submit termly NQT assessments
  • online resources for NQTs and their tutors
  • confidential support and advice over email and phone for NQTs and their tutors - to ensure schools are able to sufficiently support and monitor their NQTs or to discuss any concerns about the induction period
  • termly newsletters for NQTs and their tutors with timely information about the induction process
  • quality assurance visits to ensure that best practice is consistent across all our schools – these visits also allow schools to ask any questions they may have about their schools induction process
  • training for NQTs in the form of a webinar covering how to be successful in their induction period;
  • social media updates about all elements of teaching
  • initial progress reviews which may result in a visit to the school where an NQT is making limited progress and needs additional support*
  • face to face training for induction tutors / mentors who support NQTs in schools*
  • a training programme for primary NQTs covering all aspects of teaching*
  • bespoke packages providing training and support for NQTs and their mentors in school.*

We offer a friendly and personalised service to our customers and will ensure that our schools are able to fulfil the statutory responsibilities for the successful completion of their NQTs' induction period.  If you would like to discuss our service and the support that we can offer you, please get in touch and we would be happy to talk to you.

Our Services

What Is an NQT?

An NQT is a 'Newly Qualified Teacher' who has just attained QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and is now undertaking an induction programme that enables them to be legally employed as a teacher in a maintained school.

What Is Induction?

Induction is the bridge between initial teacher training and a career in teaching and is designed to offer teachers support and guidance in their professional development. During the induction period, NQTs build on their initial teacher training to show that they’re able to meet expected Teachers' Standards over a long period of time.  NQTs can do their induction in any maintained school, independent schools including free schools, academies and nursery schools and certain independent schools overseas.  NQTs can’t do induction in a school that has an Ofsted special measure judgement.

Only teachers who have completed their induction programme can go on to teach in maintained schools in England, although NQTs who intend to work solely in independent schools, including academies and free schools, don’t have to go through induction.

Throughout the induction period, teachers will have a slightly reduced timetable and will work towards demonstrating that they have met all the relevant professional standards to become an effective teacher.  This involves being assessed every term by a school based induction mentor or tutor appraising their progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards (these detail the required skills in areas such as subject knowledge, planning, assessment and managing the learning environment as well as personal and professional conduct).   Once the final assessment is submitted by the school, the school is required to make a recommendation to the Appropriate Body (us) stating whether their NQT has made satisfactory progress towards meeting the standards.  The Appropriate Body will then assess whether they have met the requirements to pass their induction period.

How Long Does Induction Last?

Induction usually takes one academic year for NQTs working full time and slightly longer for part time NQTs depending on the number of days per week they work.

Contacting the NQT Induction & Support Team

Grant Reeves (Induction Manager)
Elizabeth Dean (Induction Adviser)
Helen Grzeszczak (Induction Coordinator)
Rhea Clarke (Induction Administrator)

Telephone: 03000 421 149
Email: nqt@kent.gov.uk