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Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)

Welcome to NQT Induction in Torbay 2018/19
Torbay Teaching School is the appropriate body for NQT Induction in all Torbay schools. You will find in the folders on this website all the necessary documentation for NQT Induction. Guidance is statutory for all maintained schools, but not compulsory for academies, free schools or independent schools. However, most Torbay academies support induction as it is a valuable process of support and professional development for both the NQT and the school. 


Statutory Guidance and NQT Entitlements


NQT Induction is pass/fail and can only be completed once. NQTs need to show that they are ‘consistently meeting the Teachers’ Standards by the end of Induction’. If an NQT does not pass Induction they are no longer permitted to work in maintained schools.
The guidance states that NQTs need to have:


  • A suitable, qualified Induction Tutor with QTS
  • A 10% reduced timetable (as well as time for Planning Preparation and Assessment (PPA))
  • Opportunities to see outstanding practice
  • A personalised programme of support
  • Regular observations, reviews and assessments of their practice


Lesson Observations
Each half term the NQT will be formally observed. These observations need to be planned in advance and a specific focus agreed, linked to the NQT’s areas for development. Over the induction year, the NQT should be observed in a range of scenarios, e.g. different subjects (primary), different teaching groups (secondary). Following the observation, the NQT should receive brief oral feedback then written feedback shortly after. This might be using the school’s observation feedback forms or you might find one of the enclosed suggested lesson observation forms useful. You will find in the folder a completed example. There is no statutory expectation to grade lesson observations.


Review Meetings
Following an observation there will be a Professional Review Meeting between the NQT and Induction Tutor. The NQT’s 10% release time could be used for these meetings. There needs to be a written record of this meeting, using the enclosed document or your own
format. During the meeting you should review the NQT’s current practice and progress and set new targets - linked to the Teachers’ Standards, school or department priorities or linked to new professional development opportunities that will be happening in the following half term, e.g. parents consultations meetings, report writing, out-of-school visit, summative assessments etc.


You will find in the folder a completed example.


Formal Assessment
Each term, the school needs to report on the NQT’s progress to the Appropriate Body. An End of Assessment Phase form needs to be completed by the Induction Tutor and NQT – and agreed by the headteacher - and sent to Torbay Teaching School, c/o Oldway Primary School, by the end of each academic term. These can be completed as ‘paper’ versions or through NQT Online where they can be submitted electronically: contact Wendy Vreony for set up info.


  • For full-time NQTs this will be the End Of Assessment One then End Of Assessment Two form and the Final Assessment and Recommendation form at the end of induction.
  • For part-time NQTs, the total number of days towards induction needs to be totalled and recorded and an Interim Assessment Form needs to be completed at the end of each term. An End Of Assessment Phase form is then completed once the total number of days reaches the equivalent of one term (65 days) with the Final Assessment form completed once 195 days have been served.


In these End Of Assessment Phase forms, the NQT’s progress towards the Teachers’ Standards needs to be clearly evidenced as well as all CPD, review meetings and observations. There is also an expectation that the NQT will also observe practice in another school during induction. Please ensure forms are completed carefully and completely.


Professional Development and Training
Torbay Teaching School Alliance offers professional development sessions each term as part of the ‘core offer’ to all Torbay schools and will be applicable to NQTs in all settings: primary, secondary and special. There is no cost to Torbay schools for attending these sessions but supply costs need to be covered by the school. Please see the flyer for details. Bookings are made via Torbay Teaching School Alliance CPD online:


We hope that you find NQT Induction valuable and rewarding and wish you well in working towards successfully completing induction. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, queries or concerns.


Warm regards and best wishes for the upcoming year.



Sam Meyer
NQT Lead and Specialist Leader of Education,  Torbay Teaching School Alliance


 01803 557190


Wendy Vreony

Assistant Director
Torbay Teaching School Alliance
 01803 697634





Torbay Teaching School Alliance offers free CPD opportunities for all Torbay NQTs over the academic year.  All courses and events are published on the TTSA CPD Online website (see link below).  For further guidance on the CPD Online system, please click here



Annual Induction Training/Briefing for NQT Induction Tutors




Monday 24th September 2018

1.15 - 3.30pm (light lunch available from 12.45pm)

Conference Room, Oldway Primary School, Paignton


The session will cover:
- Statutory Guidance for NQT Induction Tutors
- Roles & responsibilities for schools, Induction Tutors & NQTs
- Torbay's Continuing Professional Development Programme for NQTs
- Statutory monitoring & assessment procedures


Tuesday 25th September 2018

4.00 - 5.00pm

Conference Room, Oldway Primary School

Places must be booked due to catering requirements - please ensure that you complete the dietary section of your personal profile if you have any special requirements.  Book online at


Welcome to NQTs new to Torbay


Wednesday 26th September 2018 or

Monday 1st October 2018

4.00 - 5.00pm

Conference Room, Oldway Primary School, Paignton


An opportunity for all new NQTs to meet at the start of this very important first year in their teaching careers, learn of the
Induction process, expectations, support available, CPD opportunities etc.




Book online at (In order to enable you to book a place you will need to create a new user account if your school has not already done this on your behalf.  Click on 'New User' from the Home page of the website.

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