Preparing to employ an NQT

Guidance, checklists and forms for schools who are getting ready to employ an NQT.

When appointing new staff, the school must take into account its responsibility to provide the necessary monitoring, support and assessment for NQTs.

The school should inform the Local Authority and complete NQT registration form (doc format, 142Kb) in order that the NQT can benefit from the county’s induction support and advice.


Guidance and checklists for headteachers on recommended induction arrangements for NQTs:

Recruiting an NQT

When recruiting an NQT the school should ensure that:

  • Economic considerations do not impact on the selection of NQTs for vacancies.
  • Prior to appointment NQTs are fully briefed on the demands of and the support for their induction period of 10% PPA time and 10% NQT time.
  • There are opportunities for the NQT to participate in school activities prior to taking up appointment.


Induction ensures that the future professional and career development of individual teachers is built on a firm foundation. Through an individualised programme of guidance, monitoring and support, induction provides the tools which NQTs will need to be effective and successful teachers. See induction support and monitoring and induction programme for resources to support you with the induction of an NQT.

Roles and responsibilities

The school should seek guidance from the Appropriate Body on the induction arrangements and the roles of those school staff with responsibility for implementing them. Links to information about roles and responsibilities during induction are below: