Newly qualified teachers to Early Career Teachers (ECT)

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The following information and advice is to help you complete the newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction year.

The Teaching Regulation Agency

The Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) is a national agency responsible for:

  • Award of qualified teacher status (QTS)
  • Issue of induction certificates
  • Hearing induction appeals
  • Regulation of the teaching profession.


The induction period comes after you have completed the initial teacher training and been awarded qualified teacher status.

The induction must be completed by newly qualified teachers who want to continue teaching.

How it works

During your induction year you will get your own individual programme of support from a designated induction tutor within your school. This support will include:

  • Observations of other teachers
  • Training
  • Professional review of progress at least every half term.

Both the head teacher and the council are responsible for making sure that your post is suitable (for instance, you will get a reduced timetable) and that you are fairly assessed against the teachers’ standards.

At the end of the third term, the head teacher will make a final recommendation as to whether you have met both the teachers and QTS standards.

We will then make a final decision and there is no right of appeal to the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Named contact

If you have an issue about induction that can not be resolved within the school, please contact HR and OD Services in the first instance on 01942 404030.

Registration of NQTs with the council

When registering a newly appointed NQT, we require notification which includes collecting and transferring data needed by the Department of Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Schools Operational Team

Our team gets copies of the assessment forms sent by schools following formal reviews with their newly qualified teachers and arranges for the decisions of the Local Education Authority to be sent to the National College for Teaching and Leadership and Secretary of State.

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