Newly Qualified Teachers

Guidance and information on Newly Qualified Teacher induction within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council

All schools should provide organised programmes of school-based support to help newly qualified teachers (NQTs) meet the challenges of their first teaching role and demonstrate the required professional standards for teachers. During induction, NQTs should be assigned to an experienced teacher who will act as their induction tutor or mentor.


The Appropriate Body

Schools and settings approved for induction may register with either of the sovereign local authorities of Kensington and Chelsea, or Westminster to act as the Appropriate Body for NQT Induction, opting for the level of service required. The range of services available include the statutory induction service, coaching or other tailored support, a comprehensive programme of EYFS and Primary NQT CPD courses available as a package, or as individual sessions.

For more information, contact nqtadmin@rbkc.gov.uk.

Both the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster City Council can act as Appropriate Body (AB) for maintained and non-maintained schools that meet the criteria for institutions where NQT induction may be served. All NQTs must be registered with an Appropriate Body (a NQT's eligibility and the suitability of their post must be approved in advance) before induction can officially begin.

The Appropriate Body (AB) has the main responsibility for quality assurance for induction, and to ensure that schools fulfil their duties in relation to induction. Schools should have robust processes in place in order to meet their responsibilities for induction. The AB will offer guidance, support and assistance to schools including induction tutor training, according to available resources. The AB makes the final decision as to whether the NQT has achieved the standards required, and has accordingly satisfactorily completed the induction period, drawing on the recommendation of the headteacher/ principal.

In order to undertake induction and meet the relevant Teaching Standards, a NQT must be employed for at least one term, and in a role which will allow them to demonstrate the required knowledge and professional skills. 

The duration of the statutory induction period is three terms. A reduced induction may be possible in particular circumstances, usually only considered where there is substantial and relevant experience, and must be approved in advance of induction commencing.

To register an NQT for induction, or if you have any questions about the registration process or would like a copy of the NQT Service Level Agreement (SLA), please contact nqtadmin@rbkc.gov.uk


Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

NQTs must have been awarded QTS to be eligible for induction. Schools should check an NQT’s eligibility for induction, together with relevant employment and qualification checks on appointment. This will be confirmed through the registration process. For more information about obtaining Teacher Reference Numbers (TRNs) please contact the Teacher Regulation Agency, email the TRA at qts.enquiries@education.gov.uk or call 0207 593 5394


Register NQT for Induction

All NQTs should be registered using NQT Manager, the secure on-line NQT registration and reporting system. There are step by step user guides on the site, and a helpdesk available for technical queries during business hours.

To register an NQT for induction, a school or institution’s details must first be recorded on the NQT Manager system.

School registered but login details forgotten? If username and/or password has been issued but forgotten, go to NQT Manager and from the list of Authorities, select the Appropriate Body name (either the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, or Westminster City Council). Select the ‘send me my log in details’ option which will require you to select your school from the drop down list, your school role, and possibly your last name. Finally, select ‘send username and password’, and these will be sent to the email address registered on the NQT manager system.

Not registered on NQT Manager yet? If the school is not registered, or username and password have not been issued to the Headteacher, NQT Coordinator or School Business Manager (or other nominated administrator), contact nqtadmin@rbkc.gov.uk indicating that you wish to register an NQT, providing the following details: School/institution name, address, contact details, headteacher name, NQT coordinator, and main school administrator contact.

The LA will review the registration and authorise NQT for induction, or will request further information, arranging a ‘suitability for induction visit’ for new schools if required.

Charges for NQT Induction services 2018-19

Charges for NQT Induction services 2018-19
School Type

Basic Model (per NQT)

Enhanced Model (per NQT) includes access to the full NQT training programme

Individual session charges (half day)

Maintained Schools who are also buying into the School Improvement SLA

£300 £1,000 £85
Academies, Free Schools and Independent Schools

£500

£1,200 £85

NQT Service Level Agreement

By registering an NQT for induction with either the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster City Council schools agree to the terms and conditions of the relevant NQT Service Level Agreement which is available on request.

Please complete and return a booking form for those NQTs you expect to register. Induction booking forms with terms and conditions are available on request from: nqtadmin@rbkc.gov.uk

NQT CPD Programmes

Full access to the comprehensive NQT CPD primary and early years programme is given through the enhanced NQT induction service model.

For those NQTs registered on the basic induction programme, individual professional development sessions may be purchased separately. For details of the current academic year’s NQT programme, please visit our CPD website.

The following sessions are included in both the enhanced and basic programmes:Local Authority NQT welcome events, Induction Tutor training and Safeguarding and Child protection training.

Please note, places must be booked in advance. To secure a place, please book online through the CPD website.