Newly qualified teachers

Registering a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT)

Newly qualified teachers must be registered with an appropriate body in order to carry out the induction year.

Brighton & Hove City Council offers this service to maintained schools, academies, free schools, independent schools, colleges and any setting outside Brighton & Hove.

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For NQTs starting in September 2016, registration will now be made via an online account on our BEEM portal, for which schools will receive a login after initially contacting the appropriate body.

Induction can be served in more than one school and there is no time limit for completion, although supply teaching can only be carried out for five years after the date of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), so it is advisable to carry out induction before that time.  As well as full-time NQTs, we can accept:

  • NQTs starting at any time of the year
  • Part-time NQTs
  • NQTs employed on supply contracts for at least a term

In each case, the appropriate body will decide whether the post is suitable for induction, according to the circumstances and the Statutory Guidance for the Induction of Newly Qualified Teachers.

Qualified Teacher Status

To start induction, Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) must have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This is normally awarded around the end of July following completion of initial teacher training. However, in some cases, NQTs may not be awarded QTS until September. Headteachers must be aware of the procedures for checking QTS when employing all teachers.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership is the awarding body for QTS and there are further details about the award on the gov.uk website.

Headteachers can check that the teacher has QTS via the Department for Education's Secure Access website. The database will also inform you whether a teacher is exempt from induction, depending on when they achieved QTS.