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The NQT induction period is designed to provide both support and challenge, allowing NQTs to build upon the skills and knowledge gained during training. All NQTs should have a structured programme of professional development which will build on the areas for development identified at the end of their training.

If you have any queries, or require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact the NQT Adviser as outlined at the foot of this page.

What is induction?
All qualified teachers who are employed in a maintained school or non-maintained special school in England, including a maintained nursery or PRU, must, by law, have completed an induction period satisfactorily, subject to specified exceptions. Statutory induction is not a legal requirement to teach in the FE or Independent Sector, including Academies and Free Schools, but may be served in these settings.
Statutory induction is the bridge between initial teacher training and a career in teaching. It combines a personalised programme of development, support and professional dialogue with monitoring and an assessment of performance against the Teachers’ Standards. The programme should support the newly qualified teacher (NQT) to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the period and equip them with the tools to be an effective and successful teacher.

In Cambridgeshire we believe that induction should be informed by the following
principles:

Equality of opportunity All teachers should have equal access to training and supervision during the induction period

Entitlement Teachers are entitled to high quality, well planned and well organised support and training throughout the induction year which offers them every opportunity to complete successfully.

Consistency The supervision, training and assessment provided for teachers should at all times be kept within the principles of equality of opportunity and entitlement
and be applied consistently by all schools and academies.

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NQT Adviser
Rachel Minett rachel.minett@cambridgeshire.gov.uk