Coronavirus (COVID-19)


COVID-19 Newly Qualified Teachers

COVID-19 Induction, assessment, initial teacher training, overseas trained teachers and teacher's standards

Government guidance

COVID-19: induction for newly qualified teachers 

NQT induction statutory guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Initial Teacher Training (ITT) - GOV.UK 

NQT support and inductions from September 2020 Information to help schools and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) prepare for NQT induction from September 2020

FE funding: initial teacher education (ITE), academic year 2020 to 2021

Early career framework reforms

Teachers’ Standards


Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT)

Absences related to coronavirus

We want to reduce disruption caused by the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on NQT induction. We have laid regulatory changes that, subject to parliamentary agreement, will mitigate this.

Whilst the length of the induction period should ordinarily be 3 full terms and any absences totalling 30 days or more usually automatically extends this, we have laid regulations whose effect is that any absence related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (such as school closures, sickness or self-isolation), will not count towards this limit.

Absences that total 30 days or more, and not related to COVID-19, will continue to cause the induction period to be extended

Completion of the induction period

As many NQTs continue to work with schools in some form during this unprecedented period we would encourage induction to continue.

Headteachers and appropriate bodies should continue to make a decision on whether an NQT has met the Teachers’ Standards, based on their performance throughout their induction.

This decision is still to be made at the end of the induction period, which for most would be the end of the academic year regardless of their absence due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In line with regular reporting procedures, the Teaching Regulation Agency should be notified of the outcome of induction.

NQTs who are still teaching

We acknowledge that many NQTs are continuing to work in schools in some form despite many schools being closed.

Where possible, we would encourage NQTs to continue with their professional development and maintain frequent contact with their induction tutor and/or mentor.

Assessment points

Headteachers, induction tutors and appropriate bodies should continue to refer to the NQT induction statutory guidance about the assessment process.

The final assessment meeting should remain at the end of the induction period for the majority of NQTs and evidence should continue to be collected if the NQT is still working in schools in some form. This process will be kept under review.

The Teaching Regulation Agency aims to follow existing schedules for collecting outcome data following the end of assessment. The Teaching Regulation Agency will work with appropriate bodies affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to support them in their data returns.

Deciding if the NQT has met the Teachers' Standards

Headteachers and appropriate bodies should continue to make a decision on whether an NQT has met the Teachers’ Standards throughout the period of their induction, notwithstanding absences due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

This may include looking at previous assessment records, discussions with the induction tutors and consideration of non-routine teaching practice during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption.

As stated in statutory guidance on NQT induction, the decision about whether an NQT’s performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory upon completion of induction should take into account the NQT’s work context.

It must be made on the basis of what can reasonably be expected of an NQT by the end of their induction period within the framework set out by the standards.

Extending the induction period

If at the end of the induction period there are concerns that an NQT, with absences related to coronavirus (COVID-19), has not achieved the standards, we would encourage appropriate bodies to exercise their discretion to recommend an extension, allowing the NQT further time and opportunity to demonstrate their ability to meet the standards


Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

What advice is there on Initial Teacher Training?

As a general principle the DfE are asking, where possible, that schools and providers continue to deliver their ITT courses. They recognise, however, that there will be significant disruption to ITT courses due to the closure of schools and other institutions. Therefore, the DfE will enable ITT providers to make judgements on trainees based on assessments already completed and each trainee’s current trajectory of progress towards meeting the teachers’ standards.

Please see the published guidance for more information Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT) - GOV.UK

The guidance covers:

  • how to manage courses for current trainees in the 2019 to 2020 academic year
  • how to make recommendations for qualified teacher status
  • how to manage the delivery of different routes
  • guidance on recruitment and selection for the 2020 to 2021 academic year

The guidance has been updated to confirm arrangements for trainees not recommended for qualified teacher status (QTS) in the 2019 to 2020 academic year

Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice  document has been updated based on current public health advice, to help initial teacher training (ITT) providers reduce the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on their ITT provision.

Overseas Trained Teachers

Although global travel, including to the UK, is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), teachers that have qualified in other countries are still encouraged to teach in England.  There are two Government-run programmes for qualified teachers and further guidance can be found here Overseas Trained Teachers

Overseas trained teachers are able to work on some schools if they do not have QTS Employing overseas teachers without QTS: the ‘4-year rule’

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