Newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction: performance management (pre-2021/22)

Here's a summary of the DfE's statutory guidance on newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction, so you're clear on the rules you must follow for your induction programme for NQTs that started induction before September 2021.

Last reviewed on 15 February 2022
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  1. You must have a monitoring and support programme for NQTs
  2. Hold formal assessment meetings to track progress
  3. Provide extra support right away if the NQT isn't progressing
  4. Conduct a final assessment meeting at the end of induction
  5. If an NQT fails induction or has it extended 
  6. After induction: pay rises and appraisals 
  7. Coronavirus: FAQs
  8. Will we need to extend the induction programme if an NQT has been absent due to coronavirus?
  9. What evidence can we use to decide if an NQT who's been absent a lot due to coronavirus has met the Teachers' Standards? 

The guidance in this article applies to NQTs that started induction before September 2021. For individuals in the 2021/22 cohort, take a look at this article.

You must have a monitoring and support programme for NQTs

The programme must be personalised to meet their professional development needs. The responsibilities for delivering it are split between the headteacher and the NQT's induction tutor.

The headteacher must:

  • Appoint an induction tutor for the NQT and make sure the tutor:
    • Holds qualified teacher status (QTS)
    • Has the skills and knowledge to do the role
    • Has enough time to carry out the role effectively
  • Make sure the NQT’s progress is reviewed regularly, including through observations and feedback of their teaching
  • Make the governing board aware of the support arrangements in place for the NQT

See a full list of the headteacher's responsibilities in DfE's statutory guidance on NQT induction (pages 29 to 30).

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